April 28th, 2009
01:56 PM ET
9 years ago

Specter's GOP polling firm quits campaign

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Arlen Specter's Republican polling firm, Public Opinion Strategies, is resigning from the Pennsylvania senator's campaign following his party switch.

"Senator Specter has been a record-setting U.S. Senator, and we have been part of his campaign team in 1992, 1998, and 2004, but because of his surprising decision to switch parties today, we will no longer be involved," said Specter pollster Glen Bolger in a release Tuesday. "As Republicans, we are disappointed by Senator Specter's decision."

Public Opinion Strategies does polling for 15 GOP senators and has worked for Joe Lieberman, who left the Democratic Party to become an independent in 2006.

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soundoff (66 Responses)
  1. Ajay Jain, Garland, TX, USA

    Glen Bolger, we do NOT need your polling anymore. Is 200,000 conversions to Democrats not enough of a poll???

    April 28, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  2. carlo


    Take a lesson from how the Democratic Party, although consistently ticked off with Lieberman, welcomed him back. You guys were trying to run Spector out of office. You're turning your own fellow Republicans off and running them away.

    April 28, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  3. Mississippi Mike

    Big surprise. Even a REPUBLICAN polling firm had him getting blown away in the primaries by another REPUBLICAN. No one likes a traitor, he's done.

    April 28, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  4. Jamie

    Hey Public Opinion Strategies, don't let the 21st Century hit you one the ass on the way out the door?

    April 28, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  5. A little sad

    Um....I don't think that there would have been an option to do otherwise.

    No harm no foul on either side.

    April 28, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  6. TK

    Now everybody will forget all the good work that he has done over the years and all they will do now is bad mouth him. Whatever happen to be your own man. GOP stop crying and grow the hell up!!

    April 28, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  7. RealConservative

    As usual the real point is being missed. Specter is no different than most of the republicans who lost 2 years ago and last election in that they all ran as republicans but voted as democrats. Keep on dreaming libs, you didn't so much win as the republicans were fired.

    April 28, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  8. rich

    Oh these Republicans panties are all twisted in knots today over this development. On the one hand you have the leader of the Republican party in PA calling for an apology and return of campaign monies, and now you have the polling firm quitting. Now...isnt that special?! LOL. Poor Republicans. The elephant just got a big kick by the donkey, and she is wobbling.

    April 28, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  9. HouseDiva

    whenever i loose something I always get better...don't worry Specter the DNC has you covered.

    April 28, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  10. J in NJ

    He got out just before he was kicked out. The reality is that he is frightened he will loose the primary. If you are scared senator buy a dog, Obama did. I wonder if he is going to flip-flop on card check too?

    April 28, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  11. john

    Spector made the right decision, The republician party is now just a small regional party of little impact, consisting of loudmouths who could care less about 95% of the american population whom are fighting to just to keep their head above water, while the last of the republican holdouts are spewing more tax cuts for the top 5% of the population. These are the same 5% of americans who stole amercia blind, wrecked our retirement accounts, and who were given $700 billion dollars of no strings attached money from the goverment pig trough by these same republicans holdouts.

    The american people will make sure we get rid of most of the remaining republicans so they can do no further harm to our nation.

    So; P.O.S.........Spector does not require your services any longer.

    April 28, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  12. Vote With The Smart Party

    We Democrats are too smart to fall for the Okie Doke ....

    Is Spector our best chance to take that Senate Seat in the 2010 election?

    That's the question we MUST CONSIDER.

    April 28, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  13. Lois

    You got to love it! I personally don't agree with either party. How come there isn't an independent party for all us objective folks who want what is best for America and not for the party! Some of us are no to timid to stand on the side of democracy..and aren't afraid to criticize the democrats or the republicans or the President! I'm plain sick of this worshiping mentality... and go along to gety along behavior of the men and women we send to Washington. Enough already! Let's get down to business and hold everyone accountable! If we can't get the leadership than let's throw the impotent sob out and elect some new ones.

    April 28, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  14. Biff Biffington

    I actually feel BAD for enjoyeeing this so much.

    April 28, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  15. KR

    Starting with Sara Palin and many others including Rush the Republican party has acted badly. They started out to make Obama fail not realizing that to do so makes this country fail.

    April 28, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  16. Shadysider

    Aw, yes. The Republican answer to anyone who disagrees with them, especially their own: "KILL IT!"

    April 28, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
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