Sestak: Union Reaction To Specter Shows They Worry He’s A ‘Flight Risk’

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Over the weekend, Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA) broke some news when, in response to the heckles of some frustrated union organizers, he suggested very strongly that he’d ultimately vote for a compromise version of the Employee Free Choice Act.

“I believe you’ll be satisfied with my vote on this issue,” Specter said.

Well, Rep. Joe Sestak (D-PA) was also on hand that day. He’s a cosponsor of EFCA in the House, and in a statement to TPMDC, he said that the welcome Specter received is telling. “The reaction by many people at the rally to Arlen’s speech was simply one demonstration that Pennsylvanians want to be represented by someone they can trust to approach their work in a consistent and accountable way,” Sestak said.

The leaders of the Democratic political establishment have not confirmed to this point that Arlen will not be a ‘flight risk’ after the election. This is a concern that many people attending last weekend’s events in Pittsburgh expressed to me, including when I spoke at the rally.

I am a cosponsor of EFCA, and cosponsored and voted for it last year, because very unfair labor practices are being done in America. I would also be in agreement with a compromise that labor supports and that addresses their concerns.

Yesterday, we posted video footage of Specter’s speech, including the key moment quoted above. You can see Sestak’s speech below, courtesy of the folks over at pa2010.com.

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Brian Beutler is TPM’s senior congressional reporter. Since 2009, he’s led coverage of health care reform, Wall Street reform, taxes, the GOP budget, the government shutdown fight and the debt limit fight. He can be reached at brian@talkingpointsmemo.com

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