More than 1,000 people bid farewell on Tuesday to former U.S. Senator Arlen Specter at a service featuring tributes by family and dignitaries and concluding with Frank Sinatra’s “My Way.”
Arlen Specter’s acerbic independence made him a unique political brand. He relished taking on leaders of both parties, no matter which one he belonged to.
Arlen Specter tenaciously hewed to his own path. He was ubiquitous in Philadelphia, but never followed conventional wisdom, even when it came to his Jewish identity.
Arlen Specter, the longtime moderate Jewish Republican senator from Pennsylvania whose surprise party switch helped pass President Obama’s health-care reforms, has died.
Former U.S. Senator Arlen Specter, an iconic moderate Jewish force for more than four decades, has died of complications from lymphoma.
Former longtime Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania confirmed that he is fighting a new battle with cancer — and vowed to beat the deadly disease.
Big Bucks: Florida’s Republican senatorial candidate Marco Rubio has held a lead in polls against rivals independent Charlie Crist and Democrat Kendrick Meek — and yesterday posted that he raised $5 million in the last quarter. As Politico’s Alexander Burns puts it: “that’s a ridiculous fundraising performance, and if one of Rubio’s two opponents can compete in cash on hand it’s more likely to be Crist.” (Politico’s Morning Score)
In one of those unintentionally hilarious flukes on Capitol Hill, Alabama Republican Senator Jeff Sessions is the ranking Republican on the Judiciary Committee and hence the designated quarterback of the GOP response to President Obama’s upcoming Supreme Court nomination. Sessions warned this morning on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that a Republican filibuster is possible if Obama nominates someone who is “outside the mainstream.” Sessions will obviously play a key role in deciding what constitutes the mainstream.
Everybody noticed when Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter, the last Jewish Republican in the Senate, switched over to the Democratic Party on April 28. But there was also another, less noted, shift of Jewish power on the same day.
Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania will be hosted at a breakfast tomorrow by pro-Israel powerhouse NORPAC.