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Who’s the Real Pa. Democrat?

Sen. Arlen Specter is challenging his primary opponent’s commitment to the Democratic party by suggesting he’s only a recent convert to the Democratic cause. No. Really. CNN reports:

On Thursday, Specter’s campaign sought to bring into question Sestak’s roots to the Democratic Party. Specter’s campaign sent out a list of Sestak’s voting history in Delaware County, which the senator’s campaign said showed that Sestak registered as an Independent in 1971, didn’t vote in any primary elections from 1971-2005 and that he officially registered as a Democrat in February of 2006. Sestak was elected as a Democrat to the House in 2006.

“Congressman Sestak is a flagrant hypocrite in challenging my being a real Democrat when he did not register as a Democrat until 2006 just in time to run for Congress,” Specter said in the statement. “His lame excuse for avoiding party affiliation, because he was in the service, is undercut by his documented disinterest in the political process.”

Jonathan H. Adler — Jonathan H. Adler teaches courses in environmental, administrative, and constitutional law at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

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