It’s curtains for Arlen Specter’s career in the U.S. Senate. The veteran senator from Pennsylvania went down in defeat on Tuesday, losing to challenger Rep. Joe Sestak in a tight race for the Democratic Senate nomination.
Specter’s loss makes him the latest incumbent to get the boot from angry voters unhappy with just about everybody in Washington.
Specter has served in the Senate for 30 years but his political fortune may have been sealed last year when he switched party allegiance from Republican to Democrat.
During the campaign, Specter offered Pennsylvania voters his clout, experience and seniority — but it wasn’t enough to hold off Sestak, a two-term congressman who waged an aggressive campaign against Specter.
“It’s been a great privilege to serve the people of Pennsylvania, “ the senator said. His brief concession speech in Philadelphia was interrupted by a man in the audience who shouted: “Thank you, Arlen.”