Specter, who survived a brain tumor and non-
Late morning Tuesday, Specter's office confirmed to Philly.com in a good-humored, optimistic statement that he does have cancer: "I am battling cancer, and it's another battle I intend to win. I am grateful for the well wishes I have received and I am looking forward to getting back to work, to the comedy stage, the squash court and the ballpark."
After years priding himself as a coalition builder in the U.S. Senate - the legislative body he adored - he voted for the
In 2010, Democrat U.S. Rep.
U.S. Rep. Patrick Meehan, R-7th district, who worked for Specter in the early 1990s, said at the convention delegation breakfast that he's spoken to some people who had made him aware Specter was in the hospital.
"Arlen Specter has proven to be a fighter and you've watched him come back from a number of real health issues, I just don't know what the prognosis is for this," Meehan said. "Regardless of how his career ended, he's an institution in Pennsylvania. He's been so much a part of the fabric of what has happened not just in Pennsylvania and its politics but really in the country and i think only in retrospect will people look back and see a record of involvement in things that are going to be remarkably significant."