April 6th, 2009
04:04 PM ET
9 years ago

Specter aide to Toomey: 'What do you have to hide?'

Sen. Arlen Specter's campaign manager sent a letter to potential challenger Pat Toomey.

Sen. Arlen Specter's campaign manager sent a letter to potential challenger Pat Toomey.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – There are no officially-announced GOP challengers to Sen. Arlen Specter just yet - but the fight for the 2010 Republican primary in Pennsylvania is already turning brutal.

Specter's campaign manager, Christopher Nicholas, sent a letter to Club for Growth President Pat Toomey on Monday asking that he release the name of the organization members receiving federal bailout money from the Troubled Asset Relief Program.

"Senator Specter's campaign will not engage in reciprocal name calling with you. All we want are the facts," Nicholas said in the letter.

Nicholas added, "If you again refuse, the next question is, what do you have to hide?"

Last week, Specter released an ad trying to highlight Toomey's ties to Wall Street and said that while he worked as a trader, he sold the same "risky derivatives" that "have now plunged us into this financial mess."

Toomey, who has been critical of Specter's support for Obama's stimulus plan, has strongly hinted that he will run for Senate in 2010, but hasn't officially made an announcement yet. He narrowly lost a 2004 primary challenge for Specter's seat.

Filed under: Arlen Specter • Pat Toomey
soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Shawn

    Ha Ha. A think it's pretty clear that we will have another Democratic senator from Pennsylvaia.

    April 6, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  2. Jim

    Wonderful! I love it when Republicans eat their own.

    Looks like Democratic victory come the general election!

    April 6, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  3. No Incumbents 2010

    I think Arlen the Sphincter needs to go away and let someone who represents the republican party be the republican candidate.

    April 6, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  4. barking republican ankle biters

    Spector represents our newest state,Israel.

    April 6, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |