RightOnline Attendees Groan at Specter EFCA Switch
PITTSBURGH – Three days ago, a Pennsylvania voter thanked Sen. Arlen Specter (D-a.) for his opposition to the Employee Free Choice Act. At the Americans for Prosperity-funded RightOnline conference, happening at a Sheraton only a mile away from Netroots Nation, the news of Specter’s statement that he’ll vote for cloture on EFCA (the position he held back in 2008, before Pat Toomey entered the Pennsylvania U.S. Senate race).
The news really hit during a panel on “Forced Unionization,” with panelists quick to point out that “a vote for cloture is a vote for EFCA.” Attendees seemed to know that. When conservative new media guru David All asked his audience (at “Social Networking 101: Twitter and Facebook”) if they heard about the “breaking news about Arlen Specter on Twitter,” several people shouted “he’s going to vote yes on cloture!” Specter’s decision turned into an example of how to hashtag tweets and spread news and messaging.
Groups like the Workforce Fairness Institute, which had been a little somnolent lately as chances of a 2009 EFCA vote faded, are blasting out links to Specter’s previous stances on the issue. In March, TWI broke the news that Specter would filibuster card check.