February 8th, 2010
10:58 AM ET
13 years ago

Pennsylvania Democratic Party lines up behind Specter

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Washington (CNN) - Though he was a Republican for 44 years before switching parties last April, Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter scored a big political win over the weekend by securing the backing of the state Democratic Party.

At a meeting of the state party executive committee in Lancaster on Saturday, Specter won an impressive 77 percent of the committee vote.

The endorsement is a symbolic victory for Specter in his Democratic primary battle against Rep. Joe Sestak – the former Navy admiral running to Specter's left – and will help protect Specter from critics who have questioned his commitment to the party.

Specter and Sestak will face off in a May 18 primary; the winner will likely face Republican Pat Toomey in the general election.

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  1. Prospering Pete

    Specter is one of the most corrupt career politicians alive. This is the guy who invented the JFK "magic bullet" theory on the Warren Commission. Anyone who votes fore him should be ashamed of their lack of values. He represents everything wrong with American politics.

    February 8, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  2. Greg K., PA

    Sen. Specter has always been a moderate. I respected him when he was a Republican and I'm happy he came back to the Democratic Party. He has almost always put Pennsylvanians ahead of partisan politics, and I'll be happy to vote for him.

    Pat Toomey, on the other hand, is an extremely far right, ultra-conservative who, in spite of his rhetoric and attempts to position himself as a moderate, is just not right for Pennsylvania. According to the American Conservative Union, he's even more conservative than Rick Santorum and his voting record clearly shows that he's more interested in lining the pockets of his old Wall Street buddies than he is about Main Street Americans. Not even looking at his involvement in the economic crisis (having personally written part of the legislation that repealed Glass-Steagall protections), he's just too partisan to represent a state like PA.

    February 8, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  3. Dubya

    Sestak is my congressman and would be a better seantor than Specter. hoever, Specter has always ben a Democrat and started his political career as a Democrat.Does not matter either way sinc ethe con servative candidate is toomey – a freak who makes our former republicon senator rick santorum look sane. A very very dificult task.

    Why did CNN not run more about tom tancredo at the tea bag convnetion calling for a renewal of literacy tests? Funny, because if there was one it is a given that no fox new viewer would pass, but still...you can't watch or listen to those rightard propagandists for more than a minute or two if you understand basic logic, know anything beyond 6th grade American history, or have any understanding of civics ad economics at all. It is almost painful to listen to such tripe and not be able to respond. hanity, beck, limbaugh - all of them, can't get through an entire sentence without either flat out lying or using some extraordinarily transpaent logical fallacy to trick the imbeciles who are their audience. Painful to think that there are people so amazingly stupid that they listen to those anti-American coporate tooks and don't see through them in a heartbeat.

    February 8, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  4. Jane/Seattle

    Say is isn't so. I do not like this guy much, but then again there are very few in the government that I think have any ethics.

    February 8, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  5. Paul from Phoenix

    Nothing trustworthy about this slimeball.

    February 8, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  6. Pat

    Bye, Bye, Specter!!!

    February 8, 2010 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  7. Charles W. Skinner

    Specter is going to get trounced by Sestak in the primary on May 18. It doesn't really matter who he gets to endorse him at this point. The Moderate Republicans won't save him again after he abandoned the party, and the Democrat party members don't think that he will support their causes.

    But, it's largely moot. Pat Toomey will defeat either of them in the November elections, and finally Pennsylvania will have a true Republican Senator once again, not a RINO.

    February 8, 2010 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  8. jules sand-perkins

    Perhaps Pennsylvania Democrats support Specter because, at least, he used to be a Republican.
    Candidates with conservative backgrounds will fare quite nicely in future elections.

    February 8, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  9. Rick CT

    And this is a big surprise??? As soon as Specter switched parties, St. Barack jumped in and told the people of PA how to vote. His minions in the party apparatus are dutifully following his orders.

    February 8, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  10. David

    It doesn't really matter. This old crook is getting reday to go down in flames.

    February 8, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  11. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    These days, about a third of the country are denying affiliation with either the Dems or the Reps–they've becoming Independents. I strongly suspect that an endorsement by the PA Democratic Party will drive more Independents away from Specter than it will attract supporters from Democrats.

    February 8, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  12. romeo

    I thought Specter had passed on, for all the good he's done for Pennsylvania. A "Republican" for 44 years? Time for some new blood.

    February 8, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  13. faye moghtader

    senator specter,is an inspiration as a man,who has so strongly battled his illness and fought everry inch of the way,he never lost hope,i have a lot of respect for him,if he can fight cancer,surley he can fight for the average jooe and his interest.

    February 8, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  14. billy123

    I am a life time Dem and I am rooting for Rep. Sestak in this battle. Senator Specter has been a good Senator but it is time for Senator Specter to retire.

    February 8, 2010 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  15. Rick McDaniel

    The party doesn't worry about the candidate's position on issues. All they care about, is that they back the political machine.

    February 8, 2010 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  16. makdjalali

    Democrats need all the HELP they can get. He is certainly a much
    better choice and the hopeless liberals.

    February 8, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  17. gt

    spector is to old , tied to the past,,, get rid of this dineasor....

    February 8, 2010 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  18. SocialismBad

    Great news! This guy is a real loser of a candidate, for BOTH parties. Chalk another Senate seat up to the Republicans...

    February 8, 2010 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  19. Eric in Denver

    It doesn't matter who lines up Specter is all done. Just to make sure 100% we need Barack to go over there and endorse Specter and to visit the state!!!

    February 8, 2010 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  20. Orange Curtain, CA

    Please vote for Sestak ... this man is like Joe Lieberman. Just putting his finger to the wind to keep his job, while nobody really knows what they will votes for when it comes time to do their job.

    February 8, 2010 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  21. richp the poconos

    You can have him, he was a terrible Republican so I guess he was always a democrat in republican clothing. Now if we could just get rid of our other nitemare, Kanjorsky

    February 8, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  22. MatthewDetroit

    It does not matter if they are Republicans or Democrats, they are all liars and irresponsible boys and girls.

    The Deficit was 1.47 Trillion this year 2009
    The Deficit is projected at 1.60 Trillion in 2010
    The Deficit is projected at 1.45 Trillion in 2011
    The Deficit is projected at 1.40 Trillion in 2012.
    That is JUST INSANE. CUT ALL SPENDING 20% NOW. Everything.

    I am also tired of the LIE that CLINTON handed BUSH a surplus.
    It was 200 Billion for 2001 ONLY... CLINTON ran up a 1.75 Trillion Deficit over 8 years. The 200 Billion was only 1 year (projected).....

    Bush ran up 5.5 Trillion in Debt in 8 years. THAT IS TERRIBLE.
    BARACK is running up 5.58+- in 4 Years.

    February 8, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
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