Republican colleague says Specter will vote for free choice act
By Alex Roarty,
U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Philadelphia) will most likely break with his Republican colleagues when the Employee Free Choice Act comes up for a vote, U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) said on a conference call with bloggers Thursday.
This would mean Senate Democrats would need only one more vote for a filibuster-proof majority.
Specter's potential defection comes just as opponents, both Democrats and Republicans, begin lining up to challenge the long-term incumbent in 2010. Although voting for the bill would likely help Specter in a general election, it could leave him vulnerable in the primary.