Sen. Arlen Specter said that Majority Leader Harry Reid promised that he could retain his seniority while flipping to the Dems. Alas, that was then, and this is now.
The Senate last night stripped Sen. Arlen Specter (Pa.) of his seniority on committees, a week after the 29-year veteran of the chamber quit the Republican Party to join the Democrats.
In announcing his move across the aisle last week, Specter asserted that Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) had assured him he would retain his seniority in the Senate and on the five committees on which he serves. Specter’s tenure ranked him ahead of all but seven Democrats.
Instead, though, on a voice vote last night, the Senate approved a resolution that made Specter the most junior Democrat on four committees for the remainder of this Congress. (He will rank second from last on the fifth, the Special Committee on Aging.) Reid himself read the resolution on the Senate floor, underscoring the reversal.
True, the Dems say that the issue will be revisited after the next election. As in, do the Dems need Sen. Specter’s vote for the majority and has he been a dutiful drone when called upon to push Democratic initiatives over the top?
Well, I guess he could always switch back if he’s reelected!
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