Former Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter has Died from Complications of Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma at Age 82
82 year old Arlen Specter, the former US Senator of Pennsylvania from 1981 to 2011, has died Sunday at his home in Philadelphia from complications of non-Hodgkins lymphoma.
Arlen Specter: (February 12, 1930 – October 14, 2012) – Rest in Peace
Specter, who announced in late August that he was battling cancer, died at his home in Philadelphia from complications of non-Hodgkins lymphoma, said his son Shanin. Over the years, Arlen Specter had fought two previous bouts with Hodgkin’s disease, overcome a brain tumor and survived cardiac arrest following bypass surgery.
Arlen Specter (February 12, 1930 – October 14, 2012) was a United States Senator from Pennsylvania. Specter was a Democrat, but was a Republican from 1965 until switching to the Democratic Party in 2009. First elected in 1980, he represented his state for thirty years in the Senate. Specter was a moderate who staked out a spot in the political center.
Specter was born in Wichita, Kansas to an American mother and a father who immigrated from Russia. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and served with the United States Air Force during the Korean War. Specter later graduated from Yale Law School and opened a law firm with Marvin Katz, who would later become a federal judge. Specter served as assistant counsel for the Warren Commission investigating the assassination of John F. Kennedy and helped devise the “single bullet theory.” In 1965, Specter was elected District Attorney of Philadelphia, a position that he would hold until he lost his re-election bid in 1973.
On April 28, 2009, Specter announced that, after 44 years as an elected Republican, he was switching membership to the Democratic Party, On May 18, 2010, Specter was defeated in the Democratic primary by Joe Sestak, who then was defeated by current Senator Pat Toomey in the general election. Toomey replaced Specter on January 3, 2011.
UPDATE I: Of course in typical liberal media bias CNN had to make the reference that Sen. Arlen Specter embodied a dying breed of liberal Republicanism before switching to the Democratic Party at the twilight of his political career. You mean a RINO? Hmm, so who embodies conservatism in the Democrat Senate? One, two, three … waiting?
Posted October 14, 2012 by Scared Monkeys
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Recently? Ben Nelson, Blanche Lincoln, Evan Bayh.
You know, Democrats all driven from the party and the Senate for disagreeing with Obamee and only toeing the Democrat party line 75% of the time or so.
Long gone are the likes of Democrats like Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, who started out as a cabinet appointee for Nixon, and who understood what working across the aisle really meant.
Back when I would actually consider voting for a Democrat. Today? No more. We only have one viable political party these days, and only then 80% of the time.
It’s time to throw just about everyone out of Washington and start anew.
SM: Well Blanche Lincoln and Ben Nelson went bye, bye because they voted for Obamacare against the will of the people of their respective states.
Arkansas has one of the highest uninsured rates in the country (17%), yet Blanche Lincoln played political games and refused to say whether she would even allow debate on desperately needed health care legislation. She was the first Democrat to say that she would vote against a public option, a lot of democrats werent pleased that the public option was dismissed, but we all know the health insurance corporation are people too and they gotta eat (steak)