Top Democrats are objecting the Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s agreement to recognize Sen. Arlen Specter’s 28 years of Senate seniority in deciding who becomes a chairman of any of the Senate’s powerful committees.
Sen. Barbara Mikulski and others say that, because Specter was a Republican until two days ago, he cannot be viewed as a pure Democrat, and his impure 28 years of Senate experience must not be counted.
“I won’t be happy if I don’t get to chair something because of Arlen Specter,” Mikulski said. “I’m happy with the Democratic order, but I don’t want to be displaced because of Arlen Specter.”
5.6% pure. The Senate Democratic Conference will decide the matter after the 2010 election. Then Specter will have put in one and two-thirds years as a Democrat. To his colleagues in the majority then, he will be 5.6 percent pure.