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May 3, 2009 at 4:46 PM

Sen. Arlen Specter’s party switch

Hypocrisy of ‘following the rats’

I knew it was only a matter of time before I read a letter like Walter Spangenberg Jr.’s [“Sen. Specter leaves GOP: another Washington bailout,” Opinion, Northwest Voices, May 1].

I find myself wondering how he feels about then-Colorado Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell’s 1995 switch from the Democratic Party to the Republicans. Sen. Campbell had been elected as a Democrat.

Unless Spangenberg regards all elected officials in our two-party system as “rats,” his position shows ignorance of history or hypocrisy.

— Edward Wang, Bellingham

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