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Specter died from complications of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, aged 82, on October 14, 2012, at his home in Philadelphia. Funeral arrangements are forthcoming. Statements of condolence were issued by President and Mrs. Obama, Vice President and Mrs. Biden, the Office of the Governor of Pennsylvania, and by many of his colleagues and former opponents in the U.S. Congress, the Pennsylvania legislature, and the city of Philadelphia, among many others.

Previously:

  • On May 18, 2010, Specter was defeated by Joe Sestak in Pennsylvania’s Democratic Primary election 54% to 46% (Sestak 564,444 votes to Specter’s 481,566). His senate career is scheduled to end in January, 2011.  Read more…
  • “I have decided to run for re-election in 2010 in the Democratic primary,” said Specter in a statement. “I am ready, willing and anxious to take on all comers and have my candidacy for re-election determined in a general election.”  Read the rest of the story from The Huffington Post
BioArlen J. Specter (February 12, 1930 – October 14, 2012) was a United States Senator from Pennsylvania. Specter was a Democrat from 1951 to 1965, then a Republican from 1965 until 2009, when he switched back to the Democratic Party. First elected in 1980, he represented his state for 30 years in the Senate. Specter was a moderate who staked out a spot in the political center.  Read the rest of his bio on Wikipedia

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11 Comments

  1. Sarah June 8, 2010 at 6:15 pm - 

    I think that you are right that one by one they are falling. I think that we need the changes now though. The economy is not rebounding very quickly. There are still many people without jobs and many children in this nation who are going to bed hungry. It is a sin that we are so incapable of taking care of the issues we have at home.

  2. Carrie May 29, 2010 at 3:15 pm - 

    This was not as close as I had anticipated. I wonder what must go through their minds as they are defeated? Specter will have other opportunities or perhaps he will just chose to retire.

  3. Rebecca May 29, 2010 at 12:32 am - 

    It is quite interesting that so many elected officials who were previously in office are currently being voted out of their positions.

  4. rupert May 23, 2010 at 12:34 am - 

    haha finally one by one they tumble, about time the switch hitter is gone. we need to take our country back. you haven't done nothing mr. yes man. Like most of you in the political arena all you care is yourself

  5. RPM May 28, 2009 at 2:28 am - 

    Move onto your next vocation, please.

  6. akasse.org May 19, 2009 at 2:59 pm - 

    This could be a bigger issue to be explode, Well switching sides really can turn a tide back on. We should stand for what is right and truth.

  7. Hammer May 8, 2009 at 4:02 pm - 

    I don’t think that the Republican party selling out the people in this country so they could profit personally from increased oil consumption and military spending had anything to do with it. I think it’s the leading Republicans like Newt Gingrich who has lied to every single one of his 3 wives (so far) hundreds of times about his adultery and the so called christian right that forced Specter’s hand. Reagan we all respected although he kited checks with the worst of them. It’s the lie a minute extremist Christians like Gingrich that really lowered the Republican party into the sewer.

  8. Jake R. May 5, 2009 at 1:56 pm - 

    the “loyal democrat” dispute is funny, but we should get back to the important issues!

  9. Lucas May 5, 2009 at 2:44 am - 

    well his first vote since the switch was the same old shi…..

  10. Dave N May 5, 2009 at 2:40 am - 

    that press conference didnt make it seem like he was switching for the right reasons, lets see if this changes his voting

  11. Tom Berkheimer April 3, 2009 at 5:57 am - 

    Using an archaic Scottish law as a way of avoiding making a REAL decision on the impeachment of Clinton is the point where I had no longer had any doubt, but was totally convinced that specter has no interest in truly representing the people. His only true interest is the selfserving drive (and lust) of preserving his political power, position, and all the perks that have become intrenched in Washington..
    It was a disgusting display of the lack of courage to make a direct personal decision and the spine to defend it. Washington has no more absolute example of the term, “CORRUPT CAREER POLITICIAN.”
    THIS MAN (???????) HAS NO INTEREST IN BEING A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE PEOPLE AND DEFENDER OF THE CONSTITUTION.. HIS VOTING RECORD SPEAKS FOR ITSELF, AND EACH TIME HE TAKES THE OATH OF OFFICE, WITH ABSOLUTELY NO INTEND OF FULFILLING THAT OATH, HE IS OUTWARDLY PROFESSING THAT HE IS A TRAITOR TO THE OUR NATION.
    If there is anyone in Washington who needs to be tarred, feathered, and carried out of town on a rail, it is this hollow shell of a person (certainly not man) – arlen specter. (Not even deserving the usual respect of capital letters anywhere in this name).

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