Specter to Attend Netroots Convention Instead of Conservative Event

On August 14, some of the nation's most prominent conservatives will be gathering in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but former Republican Senator Arlen Specter (D-Penn.) won't be there.

Instead, he's decided to attend the Netroots Nation gathering (formerly known as YearlyKos) right down the street.

Stealing a theme from "Star Wars," I guess the transformation is complete (h/t Rachel Alexander):

On Friday, August 14, Sen. Arlen Specter and Rep. Joe Sestak will join us in Pittsburgh to take questions directly from you.

The Netroots Nation Pennsylvania Leadership Forum, scheduled for Friday morning at 11 a.m., will give you and your fellow attendees an opportunity to engage both leaders in substantive discussion about issues of the day.

Rep. Sestak and Sen. Specter will each participate in an interactive session moderated by Pennsylvania blogger Susie Madrak and The Nation's Ari Melber. Much like our Presidential Leadership Forum back in 2007 and our Ask the Speaker session last July, each participant will be asked questions solicited online in advance, as well as from the audience.

I guess Specter felt it more important to gather with the far-left in the nation as opposed to attending the RightOnline Conference whose speakers include:

Michelle Malkin
Conservative Columnist & Best-Selling Author

Pat Toomey
Former Congressman

Steve Moore
The Wall Street Journal

Erick Erickson

John Fund
The Wall Street Journal

Jim Pinkerton
Fox News Contributor

R.J. Harris
Talk Radio Host

Erik Telford
Executive Director, RightOnline

Steve Lonegan
Americans for Prosperity Foundation

Ed Morrissey

Joe the Plumber
Conservative Activist

Matt Lewis
Politics Daily

Ronald Kessler

Grover Norquist
Americans for Tax Reform

John Peterson
Former Congressman

Tim Phillips
President, AFP Foundation

Phil Kerpen
Fox Forum & AFP Foundation

Good call, Arlen. This should help you win back Pennsylvania Republicans who already feel betrayed by your most recent switch to the Democrat Party.

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