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Pennsylvania Democrats give Specter mixed welcome
AP via SFGate ^ | 5/15/9 | KIMBERLY HEFLING and MICHAEL RUBINKAM, Associated Press Writer

Posted on 05/15/2009 10:54:10 AM PDT by SmithL

Allentown, Pa. (AP) -- Some Democrats who opened their arms to party switcher Sen. Arlen Specter have softened the embrace.

Progressive grassroots activists this week posted a fundraising Web link to draft Rep. Joe Sestak to challenge Specter in next year's Pennsylvania Democratic primary.

And labor leaders in the state repeatedly have warned that a decision on whether they endorse Specter depends on whether he supports a bill making it easier for unions to organize.

At a recent Jefferson Jackson Democratic dinner in Pittsburgh sponsored by the Allegheny County Democratic Committee, Chairman Jim Burn said the mood about Specter's switch was "cold to lukewarm at best."

"We need to see if he's going to be a Democrat," Burn said.

Specter's decision to switch was widely praised by Democrats because it reenforced the Republican Party's struggles and moved Democrats a step closer to getting a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate. But now many of the party faithful in Pennsylvania are wondering, "Is he Democrat enough?"

Specter, 79, is Pennsylvania's longest serving senator. Proudly independent, he proclaimed when he made the party switch late last month that he wasn't going to be an automatic vote for Democrats. He said a reason he was switching was because he was likely to lose the Republican primary to former GOP Rep. Pat Toomey.

(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...


TOPICS: Government; Politics/Elections; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: judas; specter; turncoat

1 posted on 05/15/2009 10:54:11 AM PDT by SmithL
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To: SmithL

The Old RINO is Toast.


2 posted on 05/15/2009 11:02:25 AM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: SmithL

Sounds like Sphincter might have a challenger in the primary.


4 posted on 05/15/2009 11:04:38 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Christian+Veteran=Terrorist)
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To: ExTexasRedhead

Sestak = Sleestak

http://byrnerobotics.com/forum/uploads/BillLukash/2005-07-26_215034_Sleestak.jpg


5 posted on 05/15/2009 11:05:09 AM PDT by DarthVader (Liberalism is the politics of EVIL whose time of judgment has come.)
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To: sneakers

Pennsylvania Democrats give Specter mixed welcome

I’d like to give him a BIG OL’ RASPBERRY! BOO BOO BOO


6 posted on 05/15/2009 11:05:25 AM PDT by A. Morgan (The problem with Socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money. Margaret Thatcher)
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To: SmithL

Dump lager supply of libs in a bowl and beat well, then stir well to spread the smell around for all to share!!


7 posted on 05/15/2009 11:07:20 AM PDT by handy old one (It is unbecoming for young men to utter maxims. Aristotle)
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To: SmithL
"We need to see if he's going to be a Democrat," Burn said."

Trust me. He will be.

8 posted on 05/15/2009 11:14:21 AM PDT by libs_kma (F.U.B.O.)
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To: SmithL

If all it takes to get Democrat support is for Arlen to help the Unions, He is in.


9 posted on 05/15/2009 11:15:23 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: ExTexasRedhead

Sure hope he’s toast but if he flips on card-check I don’t think it’s assured and I’d bet he flips.


10 posted on 05/15/2009 11:15:32 AM PDT by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: DarthVader
Another one of those, "there oughta be a rule!" names


11 posted on 05/15/2009 11:34:45 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (FreepMail me if you want on the Bourbon ping list!)
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To: SmithL

It’s been a foregone conclusion to me that, no matter who he caucuses with, Sphincter will, in the end, vote for Card Check. The only question is, how many RINOs will also, and how many red state Dems will vote against in response to their constituents. The relationship between those 2 numbers will determine if Card Check gets to 60 votes. Sphincter has very little to do with it in the final analysis.


12 posted on 05/15/2009 11:36:56 AM PDT by Emile ("In the field of observation, chance favors only the prepared mind" -- Louis Pasteur)
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To: DarthVader
Sestak = Sleestak

The slowest movig predator I've ever seen, but somehow they were sort of scary when I was a kid.
13 posted on 05/15/2009 11:56:29 AM PDT by FreedomOfExpression
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To: SmithL

Funny little thing about people who desert their party, they are despised by their former party and are used by ‘new friends’ but never respected.

Welcome to your political wilderness, Sphincter.


14 posted on 05/15/2009 12:58:38 PM PDT by RetSignman (DEMSM: "If you tell a big enough lie, frequently enough, it becomes the truth")
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