The Washington Post isÂ reportingÂ that Republican senator Arlen Spector has decided to switch parites and is becoming a Democrat.Â This news, with the pending seating of Al Franken in Minnesota, would give the Democrats a filibuster-proof 60 seat majority in the Senate.
Specter told the paper: “I have decided to run for re-election in 2010 in the Democratic primary,” said Specter in a statement. “I am ready, willing and anxious to take on all comers and have my candidacy for re-election determined in a general election.”
He added: “Since my election in 1980, as part of the Reagan Big Tent, the Republican Party has moved far to the right. Last year, more than 200,000 Republicans in Pennsylvania changed their registration to become Democrats. I now find my political philosophy more in line with Democrats than Republicans.”