The LuLac Edition #274, July 30th, 2007
PHOTO INDEX: REPUBLICAN JOE PETERS OF SCRANTON, SENATOR ARLEN SPECTER WITH THE PRESIDENT AND DOCTOR JOSEPH LEONARDI.
Well, my friend Gort picked up on the Joe Peters talk for Congress in the 10th District. We've told you about Peters high profile on local TV as a national securitty analyst as well as the connections Peters has with the statewide GOP, the police unions as well as the storied Scranton political dynasty. If Peters gets an open primary, look for him to coast in victory over Democrat Chris Carney.
SPECTER AND THE PREZ
So Senator Arlen Specter gets a ride on Air Force 1 when the President travels to Philadelphia for a speech. And as in cases past, the Senator's reactions and comments were not ones of brotherly love. Guests of President Bush aboard Air Force One generally know that he expects them to behave in a certain way: No showboating or mingling with the on-board press corps and, certainly, no criticizing the commander in chief or his team.
Senator Arlen Specter after his trip on the president’s plane.
Senator Specter violated both points of decorum on Thursday. He visited with reporters aboard the presidential airplane before it lifted off for Philadelphia and lambasted the attorney general.
Mr. Specter, Republican of Pennsylvania, wandered back into the press cabin as the plane sat on the tarmac at Andrews Air Force Base before the president arrived from the White House.
According to a pool report of the encounter, Mr. Specter expressed anew his criticism of Attorney General Gonzales but said he saw no signs that Mr. Gonzales would be forced to resign. Mr. Specter attributed Mr. Gonzales’s job security to Mr. Bush’s “personal loyalty” to him.
Mr. Specter spoke derisively of Mr. Gonzales’s appearance Tuesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee, where he faced accusations that he misled Congress last year when he said there had been no disagreement within the administration over the National Security Administration’s domestic surveillance program.
“Our hearing two days ago was devastating,” Mr. Specter said. “But so was the hearing before that, and so was the hearing before that.”
Mr. Specter also waded into another uncomfortable subject, the Congressional demands for testimony from Karl Rowe, the presidential adviser, and Harriet E. Miers, the former White House counsel, among others.
He said that while he hoped “to reach an accommodation” with the White House, “I don’t see it now.”
A spokesman for Mr. Specter had no further comment.
White House officials seemed none too pleased with Mr. Specter’s remarks, but had no comment, either.
Mr. Specter is something of a serial breaker of the unspoken rules aboard Air Force One. In 2004, in chatting with reporters on the plane, he went so far as to share election strategy as told to him by Mr. Bush and Mr. Rove.
The president was not annoyed enough on Thursday, however, to keep the senator from traveling back to Washington from the morning’s event here, a speech to a group of conservative state legislators on taxes, terrorism, war and education.
The Pat Tilman story never seems to die. And one of the best articles on it came from former Congressional candidate Joe Leonardi. Here's the link: