Specter Launches Preemptive Attack Ad Against Toomey

Arlen Specter isn’t waiting for Pat Toomey, the former GOP Congressman who nearly defeated him in the 2004 primary, to officially enter the race this time — he’s already going on the air with an attack ad.

The ad blasts Toomey as a credit-default swap trader who favored less oversight of Wall St. and putting Social Security in the stock market, and now wants a “bonus” in the form of a U.S. Senate seat:

Toomey has said he’s “very likely” to run, but hasn’t officially launched his campaign. That said, he’s been speaking to conservative activists — even appearing with Joe The Plumber against the Employee Free Choice Act — and a candidacy really appears to be a foregone conclusion. So Specter isn’t waiting.