Dems Promised Me Seniority: Demoted Specter

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted May 6, 2009 1:34 PM CDT
Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Pa.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Arlen Specter, demoted to junior spots on Senate committees after switching to the Democratic Party, thought things would be different, he told CNN today. Majority Leader Harry Reid “said that I would maintain my committee assignments,” Specter said, “and that my seniority would be established as if I’d been elected in 1980 as a Democrat.” Specter’s demotion could hurt him on the campaign trail, where he’s touted his influence.