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Ah, Arlen Gets His Chairmanship

Of a subcommittee, anyway.  Reports Newsmax:

Senate Democrats gave party switcher Arlen Specter a plum Judiciary subcommittee chairmanship on Thursday as a potential primary challenger to the veteran Pennsylvania lawmaker stepped forward.

Majority Whip Dick Durbin of Illinois said he would give up his chairmanship of the Crime and Drugs subcommittee in exchange for becoming chairman of a panel on human rights. The move, he said, would “best utilize Senator Specter’s talents and experience in our caucus.”

The move came as Rep. Joe Sestak, D-Pa., a former Navy vice admiral, said he’s seriously considering challenging Specter in the Pennsylvania primary next year.

“The Democratic political establishment reached into the GOP establishment to give us the Democratic candidate for the future. I don’t think we want to re-establish the establishment,” Sestak said in an interview with The Associated Press.

“It’s not theirs to make, it’s ours to make. That’s really what moved me. It’s the ideal. It’s not what we came to Washington to do is tell Pennsylvanians what they are to do in their Democratic choices.”

Too bad, though, about that bit on a potential primary challenge.  So much for the party clearing the field!

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