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Torsella endorses Specter

Democrat Joe Torsella, who briefly hoped to challenge Arlen Specter in next year’s general election, has endorsed the five-term senator, according to a statement released by the Specter campaign today.

Torsella, a former president and CEO of the National Constitution Center, dropped out of the race in May, about two weeks after Specter announced he was leaving to the Republican party to become a Democrat.

“I decided to withdraw from the race following Senator Specter’s decision because, among other reasons, a primary challenge to Senator Specter as an incumbent Democrat would inevitably weaken our party’s chance in the general election in November 2010,” Torsella said in the statement. “The bottom line is that Arlen Specter is smart, independent and gets the job done. He is one of the great assets of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.”

Read the full statement below:

Joe Torsella Endorses Arlen Specter for Re-election

Below is a statement from former Democratic Senate candidate Joe Torsella.

“I am announcing today my support for and endorsement of Arlen Specter for re-election to the United States Senate.

“I have known and worked with Senator Specter for nearly two decades, first when I worked for Mayor Rendell and later at the Constitution Center.

“Senator Specter has been a hard working, effective and honest fighter for Pennsylvania in the United States Senate.

“I know we share many of the same values, and with his decision to become a Democrat, I believe and hope that the Democratic voters of Pennsylvania will renominate him for another term of service.

In my own case, I decided to withdraw from the race following Senator Specter’s decision because, among other reasons, a primary challenge to Senator Specter as an incumbent Democrat would inevitably weaken our party’s chance in the general election in November 2010. And with the pressing issues of health care reform, economic recovery, education, the environment, and our national security at stake, I decided that now isn’t the time for the politics of personal ambition, but for the principle of putting Pennsylvania’s and the nation’s interests first.

In my campaign I spoke often of the need for new ideas and a new approach in Washington. In the weeks since I ended my candidacy, I have spoken at great length with Senator Specter and watched his work in Washington to advance the President’s agenda for change. I have become convinced that years of service do not preclude the ability to promote change; in fact, under the right circumstances, they enhance it. My conversations have convinced me that Arlen Specter will work hard to do just that on the issues most important to me and families across Pennsylvania

I am also proud that my party practices an inclusive brand of politics. We agree on core values but we are tolerant, as we should be, of differences and respectful of independent thinkers. By welcoming Senator Specter, we show that strength.

The bottom line is that Arlen Specter is smart, independent and gets the job done. He is one of the great assets of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

I unreservedly endorse Arlen Specter. He deserves to keep his job and Pennsylvanians need to keep him working for all of us.

–Joe Torsella

June 30, 2009 at 11:48 am

--pa2010.com Staff

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  1. Mark Purcell

    Jun 30th, 2009

    Lets see..Was its the job swapping that they did with each others wives in the past that changed his mind? Or was it…Whats in it for me? Or is it, endorse Specter now and if he just happens to resign or become to ill after re-election the Governor will appoint Torsella? Remember, the Gov, Specter, and Torsella are all joined at the hip!

  2. Jack

    Jun 30th, 2009

    And really, did any one take Torsella seriously as a current Senate candidate? Why should we as a “former” one?

  3. Lee Levan

    Jun 30th, 2009

    IMHO, and despite the unreliably early polls, nominating Specter will make the election of Toomey more likely. It also will weaken the entire Democratic ticket and make a Republican governor a geater possibility. Just look at how the Republicans are closing ranks around Toomey. They can’t wait to get a shot at Specter now that he’s deserted them.

  4. tom bell

    Jun 30th, 2009

    The way I see it: While Gov Rendell, Sen Specter and Joe Torsella plan strategy to strengthen the Democratic Party, for 2010, our country is crumbling around us, (Debt, Unemployment, Nationalization of major banks & corporations).

    In my opinion, the policies Gov Rendell & Sen Specter have supported will result in the worst economic situation our country has ever seen.

    I can only pray that our elected will pay more attention to our constitution and what really has made us a great nation.

  5. Joes a joke

    Jul 1st, 2009

    Thank god Joe finally put his stamp of approval on Arlen for Senate. I guess tht signifies that Joe would jump right into the Senate when Arlen has his judgement day.

    Friad not Joe. Your a nobody and your buddy in Harrisburg aint pulling the wool over the publics eyes.

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