Arlen Spector

Remembering Specter, ‘A Tough Jew’

The Pennsylvania senator was as an iconoclast who enjoyed going toe to toe with tyrants.
10/15/2012 - 20:00

Washington — During his 30 years in the clubby confines of the U.S. Senate, Arlen Specter never lost his acerbic prosecutorial zeal, friends and associates say.

The insistent questions, the commitment to independence that made the longtime Pennsylvania senator a critical player in recent U.S. history, ultimately did in his career. In his 2010 bid for a sixth term, Specter lost the support of both Democrats and Republicans.

Sen. Arlen Specter: Wore his independence as a badge of honor. JTA
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