SEN. SPECTER EYES 'OPEN' 2010 PATH.
Arlen Specter's "Panicky in Pennsylvania" tour continues.
The veteran Republican U.S. senator, who is openly concerned about his re-election chances after voting for the $787 billion economic stimulus bill, has been contacting state legislators, according to a Harrisburg source.
Specter supposedly has been asking the state pols about the prospect of Pennsylvania having an open primary next year.
He obviously will attempt almost anything to avoid a direct party confrontation with Pat Toomey. The former U.S. representative nearly defeated Specter in the 2004 GOP primary and has all but formally declared his intention to run again.
Specter already has one announced challenger for the Republican nomination: Peg Luksik of Johnstown, the conservative activist who has run unsuccessfully for governor three times.
Talk in Harrisburg is that Specter will change his party affiliation to Democrat if he can't persuade state lawmakers to approve an open primary.