Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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Local Pols Kick Off Fundraiser for Specter

Clout correspondent Dave Davies is over at the fundraiser for Sen. Arlen Specter at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, where President Obama will help the recently converted Democrat stump for cash.

Local Pols Kick Off Fundraiser for Specter

Clout correspondent Dave Davies is over at the fundraiser for Sen. Arlen Specter at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, where President Obama will help the recently converted Democrat stump for cash.

Dave reports that radio personality (and Daily News columnist) Michael Smerconish started the introductions. And Smerconish laid it on thick.

“He’s still tough as nails and nobody has ever owned Arlen Specter. He remains the man for our times,” Smerconish said.

Mayor Nutter took the stage after Smerconish. "We need to send a message to this country that we are serious about Arlen Specter!!" Nutter said.

Gov. Rendell got a laugh from the crowd when he called Specter "the second best District Attorney in the history of Philadelphia." (Rendell also served as DA.)

Obama is excepted to appear soon.

Tickets for the event started at $1,000. Specter left the Republican party to join the Democrats in the spring. He faces U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak in the Democratic primary next year.

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Chris Brennan, a native Philadelphian and graduate of Temple University, joined the Daily News in 1999. He has written about SEPTA, the Philadelphia School District, the legalization of casino gambling, state government, the mayor, the governor, City Council and political campaigns. E-mail tips to brennac@phillynews.com
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Jenny DeHuff is a 2005 graduate of the University of Rhode Island, where she cut her teeth in journalism. A South Philly transplant from New England, she joined the Daily News City Hall Bureau in 2013. For the past several years, she has worked as an investigative reporter exposing corruption in suburban politics, covering sometimes ghastly criminal court cases and following the people’s money and how its spent. In addition to being a dogged news hound, she enjoys reading and writing about travel, animals, Irish whiskey and aviation. E-mail tips to dehuffj@phillynews.com
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