Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Penn.) met briefly with his former Republican colleagues Tuesday at their weekly lunch after announcing that he was leaving the party.
“Senator Cochran said at least he wouldn’t have to go to Erie anymore to campaign for me,” said Specter to a round of laughter — chuckling probably not shared by Erie residents who might wonder what’s so wonderful about Mississippi.
Though Cochran won’t be forced to go to Erie for campaign stops, Specter told the Huffington Post, Cochran was welcome there any time.
“He can go on his own now,” said Specter.
Meanwhile, Specter will have to find new donors to sponsor his own trips to Erie in 2010.