Inhofe Statement on Specter Decision to Switch Parties

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) issued the following statement in response to news today that U.S. Senator Arlen Specter announced his intention to switch parties to become a Democrat.

"From what I understand, Senator Specter and his left-leaning positions would lose by 15 points in an upcoming Republican primary challenge," Senator Inhofe said. "Therefore, switching parties seems to have been done out of desperation and  finding a way - any way - to stay in Washington longer. The big question now will be whether Democrats in Pennsylvania will embrace Specter or defeat him in the upcoming Democratic primary.

"I believe the fact that a little known conservative Republican could gain such a lead, and force a long time moderate Senator to switch parties, is the first evidence of America getting fed-up with out of control billion dollar spending here in Washington. The outrage growing throughout the country may very well end up leading to another Republican revolution as last seen in 1994."