Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Specter: Toomey is like one of those AIG employees...

Specter: Toomey is like one of those AIG employees...



It probably qualifies as the quote of the day, and it comes to you courtesy of Republican U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter.

Specter was in Camp Hill this afternoon to speak at a summit, organized by the Central Penn Business Journal, on the federal stimulus package.

After the event, he faced the usual gaggle of reporters, and was asked how he felt about word that former conservative congressman Pat Toomey will likely challenge him in 2010 (click here to read The Inquirer's story on it this morning by Tom Fitzgerald).

Toomey began seriously considering another matchup with Specter - he unsuccessfully challenged him in the 2004 Republican primary - after Specter became one of three Republicans to vote for President Obama's stimulus package.

Asked about his thoughts on Toomey earlier today, Specter reiterated his position that Toomey "has a lot of explaining to do" when it comes to his record.

"I see the front page headline in The Philadelphia Inquirer that he's going to run against me because of my single vote on the stimulus package," said Specter. "Well, I've voted 10,000 times, I don't expect people to agree with me on every vote."

"And when it comes to votes, my 2004 opponent has a lot of explaining to do himself," he said. "He was on Wall Street with these derivates and credit swaps, and helped to create the problem. Then he went to the Congress and voted for deregulation

Then, Specter wrapped it up with this gem:

"He's like the AIG employees: he creates the problem, now he wants the bonus," he said of Toomey, president of the national limited-government activist group Club for Growth. "He wants to be promoted to the Senate. He's going to have more votes to explain than I do. Stay tuned."

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