Unfortunate timing on this story:
Specter courts conservatives in Pa. rematch
By Alexander Bolton
Posted: 04/27/09 07:30 PM [ET]
Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) has been laying the groundwork for a grudge rematch against former Rep. Pat Toomey since 2004, when Specter almost lost his seat to the conservative firebrand.
Conservative leaders say that Specter’s relationship with conservative activists is much stronger than four and a half years ago, when the senator relied on then-President George W. Bush and -Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) to rally support before surviving his toughest primary challenge to date. He beat Toomey by just 2 percent.
As a result, these same conservative leaders and activists may well have a stronger influence over Specter in the18 months leading up to Election Day, making it more difficult for Democratic leaders to woo his support for their agenda.