One year after U.S. Senator Arlen Specter (D-PA) displayed his shocking lack of principle by fleeing the Republican Party and rushing into the arms of President Barack Obama and Democrat Senate Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), the politically-expedient Senator from Pennsylvania is facing one of the most challenging reelection battles of his career.
Specter’s switch – which was driven by perceived political benefits in the face of a daunting challenge from fiscally-responsible former U.S. Representative Pat Toomey (R-PA) – has ironically resulted in a brutal Democrat primary against U.S. Representative Joe Sestak (D-PA).
In an effort to build his liberal credibility with his new party leaders, Specter eagerly embraced President Obama’s unpopular economic agenda in Washington – including bragging that he was the critical 60th vote to pass the deeply unpopular and costly health spending bill.
“Unfortunately for Pennsylvanians, the only thing consistent about Arlen Specter is that he will always put his own political preservation before the people in his state,” said National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) spokeswoman Amber Marchand. “If he makes it to the General Election, there’s no doubt that Specter will be held accountable for his shocking lack of principle when voters elect Pat Toomey to the U.S. Senate.”