October 18, 2000 |
Whenever someone makes a movie about Washington politics the question is always whether the characters are stand-ins for real Democrats and Republicans. In the case of at least one character in The Contender, the new thriller starring Joan Allen, Jeff Bridges and Gary Oldman, the answer is yes. Before the film opened to mixed reviews and middling box office last weekend, screenwriter-director Rod Lurie told Roger Ebert and other film critics that he wrote Oldman's character with Sen. Arlen Specter (R., Pa.)
October 16, 2012 |
Former U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter, 82, a driven, often-contentious figure who placed himself at the center of national controversies for a half-century, from the Kennedy assassination investigation in the 1960s to the passage of the economic-stimulus package in 2009, died Sunday morning at home in East Falls. Specter, Pennsylvania's longest-serving senator, with 30 years in Washington, died at 11:39 a.m. from complications of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, his family said. He announced Aug. 28 that he was again fighting cancer.
April 10, 2003
CONSERVATIVE lawmakers would be smart to support Arlen Specter in the upcoming U.S. Senate race. Sen. Specter will win - no question - and with considerable conservative support, especially from President Bush and Sen. Santorum. Arlen Specter has done a lot for conservative causes, not only the issues of partial-birth abortion and abstinence, but numerous other, not-so-well-publicized causes. Arlen Specter also brings home the bacon to Pennsylvania. I have worked closely with the senator's staff for a number of years, strictly on conservative issues.
September 13, 1987 |
Random and unbridled thoughts on the mayoral race and other political pretense: I was stunned by the naivete of the local media in the wake of Sen. Arlen Specter's announced support of Frank Rizzo, a fellow-Republican, in the mayoral race. When Arlen Specter disclosed his endorsement of Frank Rizzo in the November showdown with Wilson Goode, a great howl went up among the Truth Seekers covering the mayoral race - print, television and radio alike. With their usual unchallenged perception - perception, it seems to me, has pretty much replaced fact in this business - the moaning media mob expressed great anguish and surprise at Arlen Specter's move to Frank Rizzo's camp.
October 30, 1992 |
Philadelphia Naval Shipyard workers, including painter Blaine Davis (center), turned out in force yesterday at a rally to try to save their jobs. U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter and U.S. Rep. Robert Andrews addressed the crowd, with Specter saying he and other lawmakers were fighting to keep the yard open.
November 2, 1986
Throughout his political career Arlen Specter has impressed as a friend who belongs. Whatever your political, social or religious affiliations, you feel he belongs - he does more to represent you. Belonging is a dynamic process of giving and receiving. For six years, Sen. Specter showed he had more to give than there was to receive. Now, confronted with an election, he must receive so as to continue to give. Rabbi Ezekiel N. Musleah Philadelphia.
June 4, 2010
ARLEN Specter lost my vote when he ran an ad against Joe Sestak's military record, especially since he never served in the military. Also, no one is owed a government job forever. Specter has been feeding at the trough long enough. Give someone else a chance. J.W. Daniels, Philadelphia Arlen "Single-bullet" Specter lost. Now the real Democrats may thank their lucky stars. Mark. A. Vare, Philadelphia
October 12, 1986 |
I never would have figured Arlen Specter for a South Philadelphian, never in a zillion years, but the junior Republican senator from Pennsylvania has roots at Fourth and Lombard that go back 75 years. His late father migrated from Russia in 1911 to escape service in the czar's army and worked as a pants presser at Fourth and Lombard. And he might have remained a South Philadelphian if he hadn't headed west to pick up a wife in St. Joe's, Mo., and, ultimately, settle down in Kansas, where Arlen Specter was born 56 years ago. I came about this information in the upper rooms at Palumbo's in South Philadelphia the other day when three generations of Palumbo women - Kippee Palumbo, the gorgeous widow of Frank Palumbo; her fetching daughter, Franca Palumbo Limbacher, and her 12-day-old granddaughter, Jessica Limbacher, who weighed in at 6 pounds, 11 ounces the first of the month - hosted a $100-a- plate luncheon for Arlen Specter.