GOP Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania has announced he will change parties and become a Democrat. He was one of three Republican senators who jumped ship and voted with President Obama on the Stimulus bill. Arlen Specter has long been disliked by many Republicans for being on the wrong side of many of Americas most important issues. There have been rumors for several months that he would betray the Republican voters of Pennsylvania and join the Democratic Party. Republican voters sent him to the Senate five times. They should work hard to retire him permanently in 2010. Fox news reported,
Veteran GOP Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania intends to announce Tuesday he will switch political parties and run in the Democratic primary in 2010.Here is RNC Chairman Michael Steele's response,
Republican voters had sent him to the Senate five times. But faced with the prospect of a strong challenge from conservative Pat Toomey in the GOP primary and the state trending Democratic, Specter jumped ship.
"I deeply regret that I will be disappointing many friends and supporters," Specter said in prepared remarks to be delivered at a news conference on Tuesday.
"I can understand their disappointment," he continued. "I am also disappointed that so many in the party I have worked for for more than four decades do not want me to be their candidate. It is very painful on both sides."
The switch puts Democrats within one vote of a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate. Democrats currently hold 56 seats in the Senate, and two independents typically vote with the party. Republicans have 41 seats, and there is one vacancy.
"Some in the Republican Party are happy about this. I am not. Let's be honest-Senator Specter didn't leave the GOP based on principles of any kind. He left to further his personal political interests because he knew that he was going to lose a Republican primary due to his left-wing voting record. Republicans look forward to beating Sen. Specter in 2010, assuming the Democrats don't do it first."