April 28th, 2009
02:00 PM ET
11 years ago

Pennsylvania GOP chairman demands Specter apology

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The chairman of the Republican Party of Pennsylvania Chairman said Tuesday that Arlen Specter owes Republican voters in the state an apology for saying in the past he would not switch parties.

"I, like many of my fellow Pennsylvania Republicans, took Senator Specter at his word when he said that he would not switch parties, and I believe he owes every Republican who has supported him over the last three decades an apology," said state GOP chairman Rob Gleason in a statement.

Gleason also said Specter should "do the right thing and proactively return any and all campaign contributions he has received in recent months to run as a Republican in the upcoming election."

Specter said in a statement earlier Tuesday that he planned to return donations if he was asked to do so. "Upon request, I will return campaign contributions contributed during this cycle," he said.

Saying he is "deeply disappointed" in Specter, Gleason made a point of stressing that "the Republican Party has room for conservatives and moderates because we are the party of ideas."

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soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. Soccer Nana

    What? Did Rush tell you to say that? If Senator Specter apologizes, I will lose respect for him.

    April 28, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  2. Squigman

    To all republican(s). Place a verb in front of a pro-noun.

    April 28, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  3. Sharon Kitchen

    oh..................go try and find a life,or your party.

    April 28, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  4. w.l. jones

    I always hearld a Phildephia Lawyer can see both side of a coin at the same time Mr. Specter see the tide come and figure it time to jump ship and join the America party. He is a well balance Intellector on policy and the direction the country should go.Bless you.

    April 28, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  5. nitro

    You are not the party of ideas. Anyone that does not share the same veiws are toast.

    April 28, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  6. TX Jim

    ...."Saying he is "deeply disappointed" in Specter, Gleason made a point of stressing that "the Republican Party has room for conservatives and moderates because we are the party of ideas."


    April 28, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  7. AP in Illinois

    I'm still waiting for the apology for Sarah Palin.

    April 28, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  8. dave

    Here you go Kiss my you know what.

    April 28, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  9. Manny BLUM, Bernalillo

    At least, Rob Gleason does not act as stupidly as the Party Chairman STEELE !! Who clearly has not the qualifications to be such !!!

    As RUSH Limbaugh states, the raving GOP ULTRARIGHT want to eject the moderates (calling them disguised Democrats or Socialists) beginning with McCAIN and expects that such "purification" would bring back the lost power of the party, hoping OBAMA will fail (and
    willing to do anything to achieve such!)

    He obviously tries to follow inversely the model of the UK Labor Party, where years ago TONY BLAIR expelled the left wing (disguised communists!) and this enabled it to accede the Government and since
    then, the opposition is not able to displace them.

    Of cause, only an real extremist could have such sick idea !

    The MODERATES in the Labor Party expelled the EXTREMIST and not the EXTREMISTS the MODERATES !!!!!

    But the situation in the GOP has reached a state of mind which most probably not only will repeal the electorate, but provoke many other moderates as McCain possibly not to switch, but declare themselves independent as LIEBERMAN did at the DEM's (not due to general political reasons, but only because of their irresponsible IRAQ war position) , and differently to the latter, without caucusing with their ex-party !!

    And also possibly, long term, a 3rd party could emerge, as (again in the UK) the Labor Party destroyed the dominance of the two party system and later, relegating the LIBERAL PARTY to a nearly politically irrelevant, even if numerically important status!

    April 28, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  10. dougie

    It looks like the GOP (Gods official party) will be forced to wander the desert like the israelites until they are purged of the generation that has caused so much turmoil.

    April 29, 2009 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
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