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(cross-posted at Young Philly Politics)

Joining this group does not make you anti-Specter or pro-Specter. Just means you think we need to keep an eye on him and keep pressure on him on the Employee Free Choice Act, on health care reform, you name it.

I can't claim this idea. But as a Pennsylvanian, I'd like to help spread it. Sen. Specter is still against the Employee Free Choice Act. Let's keep the pressure on him so he votes like a PENNSYLVANIA Democrat and not a "conservadem" (to use Rachel Maddow's term) from Nebraska or the South.

According to the Atlantic:

The same labor unions which hoped to dog Sen. Arlen Specter in his Republican Primary are now thinking about using the money -- about $100,000 -- to "keep Specter honest" when it comes to the principles of his new party, top Democrats said.  The money might be used to support a Democratic challenger, the Democrats said, speaking on the condition of anonymity.

First thing I'd like to do is encourage Joe Torsella to stay in the race for now. As far as I know, he's a real Democrat, and he's certainly been working for the nomination. He's raised more than $600,000. I am going to try to find an email address for Torsella, among other things.

Fortunately, Torsella doesn't seem to be doing an insta-drop-out, according to Politico:

I decided to run for the United States Senate from Pennsylvania for one simple reason: I believe we need new leadership, new ideas, and new approaches in Washington. It’s become obvious that the old ways of doing business might have worked for the special interests, but they haven’t worked for the rest of us.

Nothing about today’s news regarding Senator Specter changes that, or my intention to run for the Democratic nomination to the Senate in 2010 - an election that is still a full year away.

Congressman Joe Sestak also doesn't seem 100% sold yet:

In a sense he's shifting parties because he found it hard to run against someone. So I'm interested to see what he's running for.... I'm going to have to wait because if the alternative is Toomey, that's one issue. In my mind this is an extremely important moment in the sense of accountable leadership. Their decision has been made that it's easier to run somewhere else and so we've got to make a decision: Is that the type of individual we want to take us forward?

Good for Sestak.

What else? For starters, when's Specter's next town meeting in PA or press conference? Among many unanswered questions, he needs to be asked for the record if he'll support Obama in 2012 and not pull a Lieberman. Remember how Obama supported Lieberman in the 2006 Senate primary? (By the way, that should indicate to Specter that he is not yet home free in the 2010 primary.)

For now, please feel free to join 'Keep Specter Honest' Facebook group.

And please recommend this diary :-)

I'll probably be updating this post later...

Originally posted to Ben Turner on Tue Apr 28, 2009 at 03:25 PM PDT.

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  •  I joined the group... (2+ / 0-)
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    chrome327, Cinnamon

    Just show me where to sign, what and when to e-mail and I'll do it.

  •  Thanks! (2+ / 0-)
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    Yamara, Cassiodorus

    (and thanks to others who sign up while I'm taking out the household trash, fixing dinner, etc. this evening.) I won't be able to thank everyone individually. :-)

  •  Specter should be targeted in Democratic Primary (2+ / 0-)
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    SadieSue, Johnny Q

    Let's look at several facts:

    1. Specter is 79 (according to a PBS news report). How long will he be able to do his job? Granted, the Senate is the world's most exclusive old folks home, but still his age ought to be an issue for a challenger to bring up. The country is going through real changes, and it needs leaders who can keep up.
    1. Reid, Obama, and the rest of the Democrats are hungry for 60 votes, but how good is Specter's vote going to be? Reid should not give the store away, however welcome they want to make him. Letting him have committee chairmanships, seats, etc. should not be at the expense of people who have been Democrats all along.
    1. Specter is an opportunist of the worst stripe, like Lieberman. He needs to be kept in a position where he has to watch his step, not dictating terms.

    Now if moderate Republicans (the handful left) want to start moving to the Democratic side, they should be made welcome - but they also need to get the message they can't call themselves Democrats and expect to keep acting the way they have as Republicans. No more DINOs.

    Bottom line, make Specter welcome - but don't block any candidates who can mount a strong challenge in the primary. Specter's jumped ship because the Democrats are on the rise in Pennsylvania. The party has a good shot at picking up that seat whether or not Specter is the one trying to hold it. If we can get a better Democrat in, let's do it.

    "No special skill, no standard attitude, no technology, and no organization - no matter how valuable - can safely replace thought itself."

    by xaxnar on Tue Apr 28, 2009 at 03:46:45 PM PDT

  •  I'm not quite ready to pop the (0+ / 0-)

    Three Witches Sparkling 2006 for Specter, just YET, thanks.

    But I will pop a bottle for you, BenPA, for this post.

    Fellow Kossacks, as much as I'd like to rejoice about the IDEA that the Dems control 60 seats.. it's an "idea"... Alen Specter is STILL ARLEN SPECTER. All this makes him is the MOST EFFING CONSERVATIVE "Democrat" in the Senate. He's already said, don't count on his vote to be solid with the Democratic Party Line.

    AND, while I type, I hear clicks of other comments, so I'm sure I'm not the only one posting this, ... this move means, if he wins the Democratic Primary, that instead of a more progressive candidate, one with more liberal viewpoints... we get.. Arlen Specter. Again. Yeah, THAT GUY.

    Will this move suddenly free The Real Arlen Specter, the one who's always secretly been a granola-eating-Birkenstock-wearing-co-op-shopping- gay-pride-parade-cheering-and-Beatles-loving-hippie to finally come out of his own political closet? Ya think? REALLY?

    He's thinking of the 200K or so "Moderate Republican votes" who've left the PA Republican party... where his poll numbers for the 2010 REPUBLICAN primary run looked abysmal. Talk about not looking before you leap --- while the rest of the country might cheer a new, Democratic Arlen Specter, I think those of us in PA, are thinking, why the hell should PA Democrats vote for Specter? He's got a LOT to prove to the people he now has become part of.

    A lot to prove.

    "When gratitude replaces judgment, peace spreads through your body, gentleness embraces your soul, wisdom fills your mind." - Neale Donald Walsch

    by Cinnamon on Tue Apr 28, 2009 at 04:22:20 PM PDT

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