Going After Arlen

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Monday, March 02, 2009 at 2:18 pm

Five years after Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Penn.) beat him in a Senate primary by only 17,000 votes, and months after he ruled out a rematch, Club for Growth President Pat Toomey opened the door to another run. The stated reason: the stimulus package. But the reason Republicans inside and outside Pennsylvania have been talking up a Specter challenge for months is the Employee Free Choice Act. In the past, Specter has supported it. If he supports it now, and no Democrats break ranks, the bill almost certainly passes.

Could conservatives actually beat Specter in a primary? Yes, and that’s ironic.

A weekend poll showed that 66 percent of Republicans, boiling over in anti-stimulus anger, would support replacing Specter. But only 42 percent of Democrats oppose Specter. A slight plurality of Democrats want to keep him, and that’s complicating Democratic efforts to find a first-tier challenger against the senator.

In 2004, Specter benefitted from the support of unions like the AFL-CIO. If Specter votes for the Employee Free Choice Act, he knows he will probably win union support that’s crucial for the general election while firing the starting gun for conservative groups who are only really useful to him in the primary.

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EFCANOW
Comment posted March 2, 2009 @ 12:14 pm

Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Penn.) Supports The Free Choice Act and All Of Labor Will Support Him!

As for Those Sen Who Continue to Lie about The Employee Free Choice Act Guss What Labor and The Working People are going to do Everything Possible to See You Get unelected!

The list of the Big Lie’s bill co-sponsors (all Republicans) reads like a who’s who of senators who will meet the wrath of working families in coming elections: Sens. Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), John Barrasso (Wyo.), Sam Brownback (Kan.), Richard Burr (N.C.), Jim Bunning (Ky.), Tom Coburn (Okla.), John Cornyn (Texas), Bob Corker (Tenn.), Jim Inhofe (Okla.), John McCain (Ariz.), Mitch McConnell (Ky.), Pat Roberts (Kan.), John Thune (S.D.), Roger Wicker (Miss.) and David Vitter (La.).

For More Information on EFCA please visit our websites and blog

http://www.employeefreechoiceactnow.org

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http://efcaunionbustingclub.blogspot.com/

http://www.FreeChoiceActNow.Org

http://www.LaborUnionResources.Org


ajm8127
Comment posted March 2, 2009 @ 12:39 pm

I'm one of those registered Democrats in PA that like Arlen (unlike other states, you must be affiliated with a political party to vote in the primary). You know this is going to be interesting when his seat is up for grabs because of the close numbers in the Senate. I would definitely consider voting for him for re-election. I'll just have to wait and see who the blue guys nominate.


steveg55
Comment posted March 2, 2009 @ 1:14 pm

If Toomey wins the nomination, then Specter can run against him as an independent and win and become a Democrat by default!! Hooray!


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whiteyisfedup
Comment posted March 23, 2009 @ 8:54 am

Yeah. Arlen's done a great job for the country on things like the Warren Commission and investigating the Bush administration as a ranking member of the Judiciary Commission. What is wrong with you people? The enemy of your enemy is not your friend, folks.


whiteyisfedup
Comment posted March 23, 2009 @ 3:54 pm

Yeah. Arlen's done a great job for the country on things like the Warren Commission and investigating the Bush administration as a ranking member of the Judiciary Commission. What is wrong with you people? The enemy of your enemy is not your friend, folks.


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