April 28th, 2009
01:56 PM ET
5 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. Soccer Nana

    See ya! Trust me, he will get a better polling firm and he will win reelection!

    April 28, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  2. JonDie

    Isn't Bolger was of those "think tank" Republicans? Mr. Bolger has no one to blame but the Ayatollahs of the Republican Party.

    April 28, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  3. Enlightened Voter

    WONDERFUL!!! He is senator from my state and even as a PROUD LIBERAL DEMOCRAT I voted for him because he was moderate but i am thrilled now! It's called KARMA rethuglicans, see what happens when you do wrong.

    April 28, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  4. JOE

    Maybe this will cause Cheney's heart pace maker to explode....We can always hope for good things to happen...

    April 28, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  5. Ken

    Yes, Public Opinion Strategies, take your ball and go home. And by the way, POS is an apt acronym. LMAO at all you neo-tards.

    April 28, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  6. Buckwheat19

    I used to live in PA, but refused to vote for this guy because I didn't trust him as far as I could throw him. Now you can see why. This is a gutless move that betrays the people that voted for him. This guy is a true waffler and in my opinion is doing this to try to preserve only his own career, he is not doing it for the people he represents. What a loser.

    April 28, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  7. Walter

    Good Riddance!

    GOP get your act together! Time to stand by, and for, your values. The only thing a "Big Tent" is good for is a circus.

    April 28, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  8. Karen - Missouri

    Yeah, yeah...typical Republican die-hards...let them go. Democrats have better campaign teams anyway. Republicans have been just nasty. Well, Specter doesn't NEED the polling firm...so no big deal as far as I'm concerned.

    April 28, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  9. Wayne H.

    Unlike you guys, Specter recognizes an extinction event when he sees one...

    April 28, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  10. Shannon

    Quitters never win.

    April 28, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  11. no is not the answer

    Specter has been and continues to be a great Senator who votes for his constituents best interest, not only for his political party's best interest. Something the radicals of the Republic party will not tolerate.
    I'm sure the radical-right-wing-nuts will slander him with their usual hate and fear mongering. They have suffered a great loss and few of them will be honest about it, or anything else for that matter.

    Another condemnation of the party of NO.

    April 28, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  12. Julie

    I am sure President Obama and the Democratic Party will see that Sen Specter (D-PA) will have all the polling help he needs. I personally will send a donation his next run as a Dem. I think Specter is correct when he says that his philosophy is more in line with the Democrats than the GOP of late. The GOP really doesn't stand for anything except getting the way of President Obama as they think that is how they regain power. They are wrong – again – still. They should be listening to Sen. McCain's daughter on the subject.

    April 28, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  13. Roger

    Good decision quit before you get fired.....WELCOME TO OUR DEMOCRATIC PARTY.....

    April 28, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  14. dbogey

    Cut and run...

    April 28, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  15. gypsyz

    dems da breaks. I am sure he's really broken up about not associating with those yahoos. Lick your wounds boys, gather up, and get a plan. Because you need representatives to exist, not vice versa.

    April 28, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  16. Robert

    poor CONservatives. Party falling apart right before your eyes.

    April 28, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  17. KMAN

    Quit your whining ... you've got Joe Mc Lieberman!

    April 28, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  18. Veronica

    LOL. I'm sure Specter's crying in his Cheerios over this.

    April 28, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  19. Jack

    So they'll work with Leiberman, the so-called "independent", but because Specter calls himself a "Democrat" now, P.O.S. refuses to work with him any longer.

    I guess they're less pro-Republican than they're anti-Democrat.

    April 28, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  20. Carol Cross Eblen

    Arlen Specter is an "Officer of the Court" and his allegiance to the law and to his country is greater than his allegiance to his party. Senator Specter may be our much needed "Man for All Seasons."

    This is a fine and a good man who has been through Hell and Back with cancer, and who loves his Country, and is working for his country.

    If he has switched parties, it is only because he can't abide the "lawlessness" of the Republican Party and he wants the Senate Judicial Committee to help to bring some real change to the "law" that was promised to the American people by President Obama.

    April 28, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  21. J.P.

    It was Bush's fault.

    April 28, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  22. jim

    That is why Specter will win he is joining the winning team. First of many to happen – just watch.

    April 28, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  23. Karen - Missouri

    So why did the idiot go to the microphone and recite some "poll" from this company and against Obama? Sounds like the POS and the crying Republicans are a little biased with a REPUBLICAN based poll.

    April 28, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  24. Abby

    The party of NO has their hands officially tied. With Franken this makes Filibuster Proof 60!

    April 28, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  25. kayla

    house of cards.

    April 28, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
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