Posts Tagged ‘arlen specter’

Sestak, White House deflect job-offer questions — Philadelphia Inquirer

Monday, May 24th, 2010

Rep. Joe Sestak, the brand-new Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate from Pennsylvania, and White House press secretary Robert Gibbs each dodged questions Sunday about Sestak’s claim that the Obama administration offered him a job last summer if he would skip a primary challenge to Sen. Arlen Specter.

Op-Ed by Jack Cashill: Sandy Berger’s Boy Spanks Specter

Friday, May 21st, 2010

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– May 20, 2010

Lost in the story of Joe Sestak’s “surprise” victory over Senator Arlen Specter in the Pennsylvania primary is the less savory story of how Sestak got his political start.

In 2006, no congressman was more concerned about national security than 10-term Republican Curt Weldon of Pennsylvania.

In 2006, no person of influence was a greater threat to that security than chairman of the “global strategy firm,” Stonebridge Resources, Sandy Berger. (more…)

76 US Senators sign letter to Obama in defense of Israel

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

AP:

WASHINGTON (AFP) – A vast majority of US senators on Tuesday urged President Barack Obama to mind the “risks” to Israel in any Middle East peace accord as he presses for a two-state solution to the six-decade conflict.

“As we work closely with our democratic ally, Israel, we must take into account the risks it will face in any peace agreement,” 76 of the 100 senators wrote Obama in a letter released to reporters.

“Without a doubt, our two governments will agree on some issues and disagree on others, but the United States friendship with Israel requires that we work closely together as we recommit ourselves to our historic role of a trusted friend and active mediator,” they wrote.

Democratic Senators Christopher Dodd and Arlen Specter as well as Republican Senators Johnny Isakson and John Thune were the lead authors of the letter, which came one day after Obama met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Matt Lewis: GOP’s Crist Endorsements Anger Conservatives

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

Politics Daily:

There has long been tension between Republican leaders and movement conservatives, but efforts to elect Republicans in 2010 are doing nothing to bring the sides together.

When Senator Arlen Specter switched parties, several prominent Republican leaders immediately urged Governor Tom Ridge, a Republican moderate, to run. It seems they weren’t content to support the more conservative former Congressman Pat Toomey — who was already in the race.

Club for Growth: Battered Republican Syndrome

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

Club for Growth:

I don’t know what’s wrong with people like Ramesh Ponnuru and Lindsey Graham. Over at the National Review, Ponnuru blamed the Club for pushing Specter to the Democratic Party, calling us, “The Club for Shrinkage.” Senator Graham lamented Specter’s switch-a-roo, saying, “I don’t want to be a member of the Club for Growth. I want to be a member of a vibrant national Republican Party that can attract people from all corners of the country.” (more…)

The Fix: top 10 Senate races

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

The Fix:

The last several weeks have not been kind to two senators — one Democrat, one Republican — who came to Congress together nearly three decades ago.

The Democrat is Sen. Chris Dodd (Conn.) who found himself caught up in the furor over bonuses granted to AIG executives, the latest in a string of negative stories for Dodd — Countrywide, the Irish cottage — that have badly imperiled his chances at reelection. And, Republicans have recruited a top-tier candidate to challenge Dodd in former Connecticut Rep. Rob Simmons.

The Republican is Sen. Arlen Specter (Pa.) who, as recently as a month ago, appeared to be headed to his easiest reelection race in recent memory. But, that was before his vote for the $787 billion economic stimulus bill drove former Rep. Pat Toomey (R) into a near-certain primary challenge. Specter, who narrowly defeated Toomey six years ago, quickly moved to shore up his ideological right flank — flip flopping to oppose the Employee Free Choice Act. Should Specter win the primary — and that is very much up in the air — his change of position on EFCA could hurt his general election appeal in a state as labor-heavy as Pennsylvania.


Both races crack the top five in our latest Senate Line. The number one ranked race is the most likely to switch parties in 2010.

Primary Poll: Specter gets crushed by Toomey

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

The Scorecard:

Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) would get crushed in a Republican primary against Club for Growth President Pat Toomey, trailing his conservative challenger by double digits, according to a new Quinnipiac poll released today.

The poll shows Specter trailing Toomey by 14 points, 41 to 27 percent, with 28 percent of Republicans undecided.

Specter is much more popular among Democrats and independents than he is with his own party. A near-majority (47 percent) of Republican voters view him unfavorably, with only 29 percent viewing him favorably. But he receives favorable ratings from 60 percent of Democrats, and a 41 percent plurality of independents.

Ironically, his overall approval rating is a healthy 52 percent – the same as Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and higher than Gov. Ed Rendell (D-Pa.).

Specter To Oppose Employee Free Choice Act: The Fix

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

The Fix:

Sen. Arlen Specter‘s (R-Pa.) decision to vote against the Employee Free Choice Act, a reversal of a position he took just two years ago, is evidence of the seriousness with which he views the looming primary challenge from former Rep. Pat Toomey.

Specter announced his opposition to the legislation during a speech on the Senate floor early this afternoon and immediately drew plaudits from conservatives. “Senator Specter has come through in the clutch,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. “This is almost certain to be the single most important vote of 2009.”

Specter cited the alleged elimination of the secret ballot in EFCA as the main reason he is opposing the legislation.

He also noted that his decision is likely to doom the bill with all 59 Democrats (assuming Al Franken is seated in the Senate) will vote to end debate on EFCA while all 41 Republicans will cast a “no” vote.

Deroy Murdock: Toomey Can Put Specter Out of GOP’s Misery

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

NRO:

Palm Beach, Florida — Sen. Arlen Specter’s support for the 1,071-page Obama-Pelosi-Reid “stimulus” package will cost taxpayers $787 billion. That vote may cost the Pennsylvania Republican his job.

“I am very likely to make a run for the Senate,” says Pat Toomey, a former Keystone State congressman and free-market stalwart. “Specter’s vote was a profound betrayal of the Republican Party and conservative principles. It’s a big factor” behind Toomey’s potential challenge to Specter in 2010’s Republican Senate primary.

Pennsylvania Republicans may not back Arlen Specter

Saturday, March 7th, 2009

NRO:

Pennsylvania Ave:

Pennsylvania Republican Committee Chairman Robert Gleason Jr. said in an interview today that the state party may not support Sen. Arlen Specter in the Republican primary next year — a day after his national counterpart suggested that GOP supporters of the economic stimulus bill could take a hit in upcoming elections.