Specter to join Obama at DNC fundraiser

Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) will be at Wednesday’s Democratic National Committee (DNC) fundraiser with President Obama.
Specter has been on a fundraising swing along the West Coast in preparation for his 2010 reelection campaign and will make a stop in Los Angeles to be at Obama’s DNC fundraiser at the Beverly Hilton.


"He will be with President Obama tonight, and we're glad to report that many of the president's West Coast fundraisers have agreed to help us," Specter campaign manager Chris Nicholas said.
The fundraiser should afford the two some quality time and allow Specter to become acquainted with donors from his new party. Specter has had a rough first few weeks as a Democrat, voting against Obama’s budget and losing his seniority, which he initially told reporters would remain intact.

Specter was the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee before leaving the GOP, but he still sits on the panel and will be a key vote on the confirmation of federal Judge Sonia Sotomayor, Obama's first pick for the Supreme Court.
Specter is facing a potential primary with Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.), who has been critical of his party switch. Former Rep. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), who threatened to defeat Specter in a primary before the party switch, is the lone major candidate running on the Republican side.

The fundraiser is expected to net the DNC a few million dollars. Obama raised $2 million for Sen. Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidLobbying World Mitch McConnell is not invincible Seven big decisions facing Biden in 2020 primary MORE (D-Nev.) in Las Vegas on Tuesday and will also raise money for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) and Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) next month.