Skip to comments.Pennsylvania Democrats give Specter mixed welcome
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.
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The Old RINO is Toast.
Sounds like Sphincter might have a challenger in the primary.
Pennsylvania Democrats give Specter mixed welcome
I’d like to give him a BIG OL’ RASPBERRY! BOO BOO BOO
Dump lager supply of libs in a bowl and beat well, then stir well to spread the smell around for all to share!!
Trust me. He will be.
If all it takes to get Democrat support is for Arlen to help the Unions, He is in.
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.
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.
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.