April 21, 2009Dear Friend, You may recall my tenure as President and founder of the Pennsylvaniachapter of the Club for Growth, so it may surprise you today to receive my letters of support for Senator Arlen Specter – but please take a moment toread it carefully. You have read the recent news stories about Pat Toomey, former NationalClub for Growth President, announcing another challenge to Sen. Specter inthe 2010 GOP Primary.
Today I am urging Pat to withdraw from the 2010 Senate race becausehis candidacy threatens to hand over total control of the federal government to the Democrats.
I believe Senator Specter is the only person who can keep that Senate seatin the GOP column. The 41 Republican Senators are the only check andbalance on the Democrats being able to dictate the national agenda. Losinghis seat would give the Harry Reid and the Senate Democrats 60 votes which they could use to steamroll the federal government and passlegislation like card check – where Senator Specter saved the day – raisetaxes and implement President Obama’s massive spending programs.Pat can’t win the general election – here’s why. His lifetime AmericanConservative Union record of 97 puts him farther to the right than RickSantorum’s 88 percent lifetime rating. Rick was a two-term Senator, rankednumber three in the Republican leadership, spent $31 million and lost by 18points. At that point, Democrats outnumbered Republicans by 600,000 inPennsylvania – today there are 1.2 million more Democrats in the state.It’s very clear that Pennsylvania had become a reliable “blue state” for theDemocrats, which is why they’ve already targeted Senator Specter. Forexample, they didn’t like it when he:
Voted against the so-called “Fairness Doctrine” (which would enablegovernment censors to prevent local radio stations from carryingconservative talk radio)
Shepherded through the confirmations of Chief Justice Roberts and Associate Justice Alito