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  •  it's too bad the state AFL-CIO endorsed GOP candid (5+ / 0-)

    candidates for reelection in many key state Senate races.  

    This November there will be union phone banks calling voters to ask them to vote for Dem Tom Wolf for Governor and Republican state Senator X for state Senate.

    Reminds me of being at a union phone bank in the 1992 election and the union guys were asking voters they called to vote for Bill Clinton for President and Republican Arlen Specter for U.S. Senate.  [The others of us in the phone bank room - those of us who were Democrats but not union members of that union - were asking the people WE called all day to vote for Bill Clinton for President and Lynn Yeakel for U.S. Senate.]

    Specter barely beat Yeakel in November 1992.  If the old men who ran the PA AFL-CIO had endorsed Lynn Yeakel in 1992, she would have won and we would have had a Democratic Senator for the last 22 years in that seat - instead of Republican Specter followed by Republican Toomey (except for the brief period Specter claimed he was a Democrat).

    •  I get what you're saying but Specter was never an (1+ / 0-)
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      anti-union Republican. He was smart enough not to fuck with them. Plus I will give Specter credit for bringing in money for PA and his seniority gave him a lot of power. That's why Dem voters would re-elect him. WHile his party switch was appreciated, it came too little too late. Had he done it in 2006 like Rendell was begging him to do, Specter may have held on and maintained his chairmanships.

      Funny Stuff at

      by poopdogcomedy on Tue Sep 02, 2014 at 01:29:04 PM PDT

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      •  but he was wrong on so many other issues (3+ / 0-)
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        and except for a handful of roll call votes out of thousands he cast during his 32 years in the Senate, he was a reliable Republican vote.

        He also went to Florida in the 2000 election to spend time among the many Jewish voters there asking them to vote for Bush/Cheney instead of Gore/Lieberman.  He stumped for Bush among the large complexes of Jewish voters there.  I was proud to work against the reelection of snarlin Arlen every time he ran.

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