Specter: Obama ditched me after I voted to pass Obamacare and approved the Stimulus

March 12, 2012
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(Hill) Specter laments that Obama and Vice President Biden did not do more to help him in the final days of his primary race against former Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.), who beat him 54 percent to 46 percent in the 2010 Pennsylvania Senate Democratic primary.
Specter writes that Obama turned down a request to campaign with him in the final days of the primary, because the president’s advisers feared he would look weak if he intervened and Specter lost.
“I realized that the president and his advisers were un-shy about supporting my candidacy after being stung by Obama’s failed rescue attempts for New Jersey governor Jon Corzine and Massachusetts attorney general Martha Coakley. They were reluctant to become victims of a trifecta,” he writes.
The snub was made all the more painful by Obama flying over Philadelphia en route to New York City a few days before the election and then on primary day jetting over Pittsburgh to visit a factory in Youngstown, Ohio, 22 miles from the Pennsylvania border, to promote the 2009 economic stimulus law. The painful irony for Specter is that his vote for the stimulus legislation, which was instrumental to its passage, hastened his departure from the Republican Party.
Specter was also disappointed that Biden, who was only a few blocks away at Penn University, did not attend a pre-primary day rally at the Phillies’s Citizens Bank Park — a missed opportunity Specter attributes to a failed staff-to-staff request.
Just over a year before, Obama and Biden welcomed Specter to the Democratic Party with a press conference at the White House and promised him his full support.

Lie with dogs, you wake up with fleas.


Obama: Corzine is ‘Our Wall Street Guy’

November 2, 2011
The beleaguered president has recruited former Goldman Sachs head honcho Jon Corzine to shore up re-election funds from the banking industry, which is furious over Obama’s financial regulations… The Democrat, who now leads Manhattan-based brokerage MF Global, has been tasked with scraping up the very little banking-industry support Obama can still get. Success could resuscitate his political career with a top post — such as treasury secretary or a key ambassadorship — if there is a second Obama term. Obama campaigned heavily for Corzine in his failed re-election bid, calling him “our Wall Street guy.” (h/t Jammie Wearing Fool) the media is reporting the downfall of Jon Corzine’s MF Global, you wouldn’t even know Corzine’s a Democrat, let alone one of Obama’s top campaign honchos. So it’s worth noting this story from July.  Corzine’s former stenographers at the Star Ledger are crestfallen over the downfall of the guy they shamelessly supported while he was buying a Senate seat and later the governorship. Laughably, in his support they trot out corrupt former Senator Bob Torricelli, who was forced from office back in 2002. Former U.S. Sen. Robert Torricelli, who was close with Corzine, said the former governor has had his share of troubles over the years.

“Jon has suffered a series of very difficult professional blows, and I know professional difficulties affect him deeply and personally,’’ he said. “The wound of being fired from Goldman Sachs never healed.”