Specter Makes His Pitch To PA Democrats

3 comments May 3rd, 2009at 07:21pm Posted by Eli

D-Arlen lays out what he has to offer the Democratic party:

Gregory: It was reported this week that when you met with the President, you said, “I will be a loyal Democrat; I support your agenda.” Let me test that on probably one of the most important areas of his agenda and that’s healthcare. Would you support healthcare reform that puts up a government-run public plan to compete with a private plan issued by a private insurance company.

Specter: No. And you misquote me, David. I did not say I would be a loyal Democrat. I did not say that. And last week, after I said I was changing parties, I voted against the budget because the budget has a way to pass healthcare with 51 votes,which undermines a basic Senate institution to require 60 votes to impose cloture on key issues.

Yes, I believe this is just the sort of message that will appeal to PA Democratic primary voters.  ‘Cuz if there’s anything us PA Democrats hate, it’s loyal Democrats.  They ruin everything.

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  • 1. Cujo359  |  May 4th, 2009 at 1:16 am

    Casey hasn’t been impressing me, and PA voted for him. They’ll probably re-elect him, too. Chuck Pennacchio looked like a good progressive to represent the state last time, and he got less than 30 percent of the vote in the primary.

    Can you tell I’m not optimistic? ;)

  • 2. Eli  |  May 4th, 2009 at 7:32 am

    Yeah, Casey was a mistake, but there was a calculation that his name recognition was needed to counter the incumbent Santorum, and Pennacchio (who I really liked and voted for) didn’t have the fundraising chops or the credibility of already holding elective office.

    Sestak is a stronger candidate than Pennacchio was, and he’ll be running against someone PA Dems have been trying to defeat for decades. He also stands a pretty good chance of getting the support of Labor if Arlen continues to be a dick on EFCA.

  • 3. Cujo359  |  May 4th, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    The one thing Specter might do to hurt his chances is honk off labor. He does seem determined to do that.

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