Newly claimed Democratic Senator from Pennsylvania Arlen Specter was granted a Judiciary subcommittee chairmanship just as promised by the leadership of the Democratic Party as payback for the switch. He also dodged a bullet as former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge announced he would not challenge Specter next year for re-election. This means former Republican Representative Pat Toomey will secure the nomination. There were polls in Pennsylvania that suggested Rich could beat the five term senator turncoat. He could be facing a real Democratic as Representative Joe Sestak, a former Navy vice admiral from the Philadelphia suburbs. Sestak is not pleased that Washington is trying to jam a candidate down Pennsylvania’s throat. Specter is turning out to be a just as bad a democrat as he was a republican. Since becoming a Democrat he voted against the Democratic-backed budget, expressed opposition to a government option on health care overhaul, and maintained his opposition to a bill that would make it easier for unions to organize. When it comes to picking the next Supreme Court Justice as a subcommittee chairman, Specter would retain some of his clout on the full committee when it convenes for confirmation hearings.