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From the staff of the Tampa Bay Times

Specter was asked to recruit Crist for Senate, as a Republican

Specter1 PHILADELPHIA -- Sen. Arlen Specter keeps bringing up Charlie Crist on the campaign trail. "He didn't leave the party; the party left him," Specter said of the formerly Republican U.S. Senate candidate.

Specter's point is that he met the same fate and that's why he was forced to become a Democrat. He's now facing a dead heat primary race with U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak. After an event where he got the key endorsement of Philadelphia's black clergy, Specter expanded on the Crist comparison.

"More than a year ago, I was asked to call Gov. Crist and ask him to run as a moderate," he told the Buzz. "He files and the right wing comes in and cuts him off at the knees. He had to leave the party just like I did. I think it’s a fair analogy."

There are differences; Specter jumped parties while Crist became an independent. But Crist has essentially made the same argument about why he left the GOP (terrible polling aside).

Photo: Congressman Joe Sestak greets voters in a downtown park in Philadelphia.

Sestak 

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 11:37am]

    

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