The Democrat-turned-Republican-Turned Democrat Senator from Pennsylvania, Arlen Specter, who has been seeing his poll numbers sliding in these last few weeks, is back to voting for cloture on the delusionally-dubbed Employee Free Choice Act (as he did in 2007).
This, of course, is contrary to his position just a few months ago opposed the legislation. However, that was before his party switch a month later, which then renewed union bosses’ hopes that EFCA would pass, as Specter had to prove his newly-Deomocratic creds.
Speaking at a Netroots Nation meeting earlier today, Specter told the audience that he would support Senate leader Harry Reid (D-NV) to bring bills (like the Employee Free Choice Act) to the floor of the Senate for an “up or down vote.”
Here’s the video:
Senator Arlen Specter, the self- described “decisive vote” on a union organizing bill stalled in Congress, reversed his position and said he will support efforts to bring the so-called card-check legislation to a vote.
Specter, a Pennsylvania Democrat who left the Republican Party in April, said he expects a vote to occur on a “modified” Employee Free Choice Act, which would make it easier for workers to form a union. “I will support that cloture vote,” Specter, 79, told a bloggers convention in Pittsburgh today, according to his spokeswoman, Kate Kelly.
So, there it is. The Senator who as for EFCA, before he was against it, is now for it again.