Sen. Arlen Spector: Democrat – PA
Statement by Senator Arlen Specter
April 28, 2009
I have been a Republican since 1966. I have been working extremely hard for the Party, for its candidates and for the ideals of a Republican Party whose tent is big enough to welcome diverse points of view. While I have been comfortable being a Republican, my Party has not defined who I am. I have taken each issue one at a time and have exercised independent judgment to do what I thought was best for Pennsylvania and the nation.
Since my election in 1980, as part of the Reagan Big Tent, the Republican Party has moved far to the right. Last year, more than 200,000 Republicans in Pennsylvania changed their registration to become Democrats. I now find my political philosophy more in line with Democrats than Republicans.
When I supported the stimulus package, I knew that it would not be popular with the Republican Party. But, I saw the stimulus as necessary to lessen the risk of a far more serious recession than we are now experiencing.
Since then, I have traveled the State, talked to Republican leaders and office-holders and my supporters and I have carefully examined public opinion. It has become clear to me that the stimulus vote caused a schism which makes our differences irreconcilable. On this state of the record, I am unwilling to have my twenty-nine year Senate record judged by the Pennsylvania Republican primary electorate. I have not represented the Republican Party. I have represented the people of Pennsylvania.
I have decided to run for re-election in 2010 in the Democratic primary.
Ok. So now what.
You go independent right now, Franken comes in, and we got 50 ladies and Gentleman. 50.
For the record Arlen is Pro-Choice but votes weird sometimes on it, Good on immigration, and Labor, kinda. As far as gays, he is against them marrying but against a constitutional ban on it.
In other words he is a Democrat.
Welcome sir, you may now vote exactly how we tell you if you want to receive a dime of DNC money in your 2010 bid.
Olympia Snowe the line forms to the left.