Monday, October 15, 2012

10.15.12 Hero of the Day: Arlen Specter

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Name: Arlen Specter
Age: was 82
Occupation: former US senator
Last Seen: Philadelphia, PA
Awarded For: being one the last true free-thinking Republicans

The world of politics has lost one of its last free thinkers.

Arlen Specter didn't need one side to tell him what to do. He thought for himself, and it made him both popular and unpopular at the same time. A man who served our country during the Korean War, Specter entered politics in the mid-60's after serving on the Warren Commission, determining the cause of death of President Kennedy. After serving as Philadelphia's district attorney for many years, he successfully became US Senator for Pennsylvania in 1981. However, the moderate Republican shocked many in 2009 when he flipped to the Democratic party because he had felt that it became too partisan. However, it was his death knell because he was defeated in re-election in 2010.

As a senator, Specter was probably one of the more-liberal Republicans, supporting women's rights, some LGBT rights and better healthcare. However, he did oppose gun control and supported capitol punishment, although he questioned the fairness of the death penalty.

One of the things I always loved about Sen. Specter was the fact that he was a guest on The Howard Stern Show many times. He was probably one of the very few people who reached out to his fans politically, including Al D'Amato and Jesse Ventura. I felt that he was down-to-Earth, and didn't need to be a total wingnut to be a Republican.

Specter battled health problems for years, including several bouts of cancer. He did of Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma last weekend at the age of 82.

Thank you, Senator. You'll definitely be missed.


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