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Specter: Sestak Is A “Flagrant Hypocrite”

This is no gentlemanly disagreement.

Pennsylvania’s 2010 primary is still far off, but Sen. Arlen Specter and Rep. Joe Sestak are fully engaged in jockeying for advantage in their Democratic primary.

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Specter on Thursday blasted Sestak as a “flagrant hypocrite” for questioning the senator’s bona fides in the Democratic Party, which Specter joined in late April after 28 years in the Senate as a moderate-to-liberal Republican. Sestak has called himself a “true Democrat” and suggested Specter is not.

In a statement released by his campaign, Specter said that Sestak, a retired admiral who was first elected to the House in 2006, didn’t formally affiliate with the Democratic Party until he became a candidate for office and also didn’t vote in many elections.