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Specter Switching Seats (Not Party)

Sen. Arlen Specter is back in the center of the Supreme Court nominee committee hearings – literally.

After almost thirty years  — two as chairman — of serving on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Specter switched parties and found himself sitting next to the committee’s most junior member, Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), on the far left side of the bench during Sonia Sotomayor’s confirmation hearings.

But on Monday, Specter had switched seats – he’s now staked out only four seats over from Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.)  A Senate staffer said an agreement was reached at some point to give him half of his years.


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