Arlen Specter was originally a Democrat who was wooed by the Republican party in 1965. Specter explains he had an interest in being Philadelphia DA. At the time he was an attorney who had been investigating corrupt judges.
Explains Specter in a C-SPAN interview: "They went after gays. They had a theater called the Family Theatre on east Market street where gays assembled and the vice squad would go and arrest them and take them before magistrates who would extort large sums of money to discharge them or then if they didn't pay off, to hold them, and I had convicted quite a number of magistrates in this probe and the head of the Democratic party didn't like that because these were a lot of very powerful political leaders."
Specter was then wooed to run on the Republican ticket.
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Arlen Specter's statement about today's stunning news that Specter is switching parties.
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And here's a good round-up of reactions. Republicans rip...
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The Washington Post reports:
"Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter will switch his party affiliation from Republican to Democrat and announced today that he will run in 2010 as a Democrat, according to a statement he released this morning.
Specter's decision would give Democrats a 60 seat filibuster proof majority in the Senate assuming Democrat Al Franken is eventually sworn in as the next Senator from Minnesota. (Former Sen. Norm Coleman is appealing Franken's victory in the state Supreme Court.)' 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.'
He added: 'Since my election in 1980, as part of the Reagan Big Tent, the Republican Party has moved far to the right. Last year, more than 200,000 Republicans in Pennsylvania changed their registration to become Democrats. I now find my political philosophy more in line with Democrats than Republicans.'"
Obama welcomes Specter: "Thrilled to have you..."
Andrea Mitchell reports on the switch, AFTER THE JUMP...
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