Huffpost Politics

Joe Torsella, Specter's Democratic Opponent, Drops Out Of Race

Posted: Updated:

WASHINGTON — Sen. Arlen Specter's main opponent in Pennsylvania's Democratic primary next year is dropping out.

Philadelphia civic leader Joe Torsella says in a video to friends and supporters to be posted on his campaign Web site Thursday evening that he's concerned the race would become more about Specter's record than looking forward and that's not good for the state.

The 45-year-old Torsella is a former president of the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia and is the chairman of the State Board of Education.

He entered the race before Specter switched from the Republican Party to the Democratic Party.

Democratic Rep. Joe Sestak has said he's weighing a primary run against Specter.

Around the Web

Joe Torsella To Seek Democratic Nod For Senate - cbs3.com

The Hill's Blog Briefing Room » Joe Torsella

Arlen Specter Switching Parties From Republican To Democrat