OFA rallying behind Specter

Organizing for America is putting its grassroots network into motion to help Senator Arlen Specter’s reelection effort.

President Obama has sent a letter to supporters asking them to volunteer for the Republican-turned-Democrat in his race against Congressman Joe Sestak. “He cast a deciding vote in favor of the Recovery Act that brought our economy back from the brink and created more than 120,000 jobs in Pennsylvania in just the first three months of this year,” the letter reads. “He fought hard for health insurance reform, and because of that victory 1.3 million uninsured Pennsylvanians will now have access to affordable care — including more than 140,000 with pre-existing conditions. And he’s been a champion of Wall Street reform and combating climate change, two crucial parts of my agenda that won’t happen without Arlen’s support.” The letter comes days after Vice President Joe Biden stumped with Specter in his hometown of Scranton.

Meantime, Sestak is set to deliver a “major campaign speech” tomorrow — in Washington, DC. It’s an interesting venue choice with three weeks to go before the May 18th primary. Perhaps the speech is targeted at the national media, rather than Pennsylvania’s primary voters?

About pubradiopolitics
Scott covers state government and politics for Pennsylvania's public radio stations, including WITF in Harrisburg, WHYY in Philadelphia and WDUQ in Pittsburgh.

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