For Immediate Release Statement by Bob Edgar on the Passing of Former Sen. Arlen Specter

Posted on October 14, 2012

Arlen Specter was a competitor who became a friend. We had our disagreements of course, but on key issues like campaign finance and judicial ethics, Arlen was a quiet supporter and important adviser to me and to the work of Common Cause.

Whatever the issue, Arlen was absolutely, unswervingly dedicated to the rule of law and the interests of the nation. His passing is a terrible loss; it leaves a hole in my heart. His family is in my prayers.

Bob Edgar, president of Common Cause since 2007, served six terms in the House of Representatives before finishing as runner-up to Arlen Specter in Pennsylvania's 1986 U.S. Senate race.

Common Cause is a nonpartisan grassroots organization dedicated to upholding the core values of American democracy. We work to create open, honest, and accountable government that serves the public interest; promote equal rights, opportunity, and representation for all; and empower all people to make their voices heard in the political process.

Office: Common Cause National

Issues: More Democracy Reforms

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