Former Congressman Pat Toomey (R-PA), who just barely lost a 51%-49% primary challenge from the right against GOP Senator Arlen Specter back in 2004, now says that a run against Specter is “back on the table” in the wake of Specter’s support for the stimulus.
Toomey had been publicly mulling a run for governor in 2010, but he told talk-radio host Bobby Gunther Walsh just how much he objected to the stimulus bill: “Senator Specter cast the deciding vote on the very worrisome stimulus Bill, when he could have negotiated with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and President Obama for more productive tax cuts and less wasteful spending.”
If Specter wins the primary, he’ll be the initial favorite against the Democratic candidate. But if Toomey or another right-wing challenger takes the nomination, the Dems’ chances of gaining the seat would likely go up significantly.
(Via Taegan Goddard.)