Republican Sen. Arlen Specter Switching to Democrat, Sources Say

April 28, 2009 - 11:08 AM
Several officials say veteran Republican Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania intends to switch parties, advancing his own hopes of winning a new term next year while pushing Democrats one step closer to a 60-vote filibuster-resistant majority.

In this Feb. 13, 2008 file photo, Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill, in Washington. Sources on Tuesday, April 28, 2009 said veteran GOP Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania intends to switch parties. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari, File)

Washington (AP) - Several officials say veteran Republican Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania intends to switch parties, advancing his own hopes of winning a new term next year while pushing Democrats one step closer to a 60-vote filibuster-resistant majority.
 
The sources said an announcement could come later in the day - or Wednesday. The officials who provided the information did so on condition of anonymity, saying they were not authorized to discuss his plans.
 
Specter is a 79-year-old veteran of five Senate terms, and one of only a handful of moderate Republicans left in Congress in a party made up largely of conservatives.