Pennsylvania: Sen. Specter Gets Ex-Opponent Torsella’s Backing

Posted June 30, 2009 at 10:42am

Arlen Specter has won the backing of Joe Torsella, who until recently had been vying with Specter for the Democratic Senate nomination.

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In a statement released Tuesday morning by Specter’s campaign, Torsella described Specter as a “hard working, effective and honest fighter for Pennsylvania in the United States Senate.”

Torsella, the former deputy mayor of Philadelphia who later headed the city’s National Constitution Center, and Specter have some personal history. Specter once hired Torsella’s wife to be a counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee when Specter was the panel’s chairman.