WASHINGTON (CNN) - Joe Torsella, a former candidate for Senate in Pennsylvania, endorsed one-time Sen. Arlen Specter Tuesday for the Democratic nomination.
Torsella, who dropped out of the race in May, said he ended his candidacy because he didn't want to "weaken" the Democratic Party's chances of winning the seat in 2010. Torsella also said he is "proud" of his party for welcoming Specter and for showing that they are "respectful of independent thinkers."
"The bottom line is that Arlen Specter is smart, independent and gets the job done," Torsella said in a statement. "He is one of the great assets of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. I unreservedly endorse Arlen Specter. He deserves to keep his job and Pennsylvanians need to keep him working for all of us."
Rep. Joe Sestak said he "intends" to challenge Specter for the Democratic nomination.