AFL-CIO skips over Sestak and endorses Specter in Pa. Dem primary

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Sen. Arlen Specter won the backing of the state’s largest labor organization yesterday, with the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO endorsing him over Rep. Joe Sestak in the May Democratic primary.

It was a powerful affirmation of how smoothly Specter has managed his political transition to the Democratic Party since leaving the Republican Party less than a year ago.

Sestak noted yesterday that he has a 100 percent rating from the national AFL-CIO for his voting record during two terms in Congress, while Specter’s career rating is 61 percent. He attacked Specter for voting for the economic policies of President George W. Bush while a Republican senator.

Full story: Specter wins state AFL-CIO backing | Philadelphia Inquirer | 03/31/2010