[Senator Specter voted for cloture on the bill in 2007 (sending a signal of support for the measure) before turning against the bill earlier this year, then he supported the bill (again) when he switched parties.]
Whether it was his intention or not, Sen. Specter spilled the beans on a secret-deal that he and fellow senators allegedly made with labor leaders on the job-destroying legislation, claiming the bill would pass the Senate by the end of the year.
To make matters worse for himself, Specter even leaked his version of EFCA to the Washington Post.
[Hey, if you're going to embarrass yourself by prematurely masticating in public, you might as well go all the way, right?]
Here is what WaPo had to say:
An hour before President Obama appeared at the AFL-CIO convention here to reaffirm his support for bill, Specter told hundreds of cheering union officials that by year's end Congress would pass labor law legislation that "will be totally satisfactory to labor."
Well, apparently his partners were less than satisfied (how embarrassing!).
Arlen Specter made quite a splash yesterday with his declaration that a new version of the Employee Free Choice Act had garnered the 60 votes needed for passage in the Senate.
Yesterday, the newly Democratic lawmaker appeared before the AFL-CIO convention. He announced that a compromise on EFCA has been “pounded out” and would pass by year’s end – to great applause.
After his speech, Specter offered reporters some details of the “new” legislation: a deal that apparently key allies weren’t aware of, especially dropping the “card check” provision of the bill.
National Journal’s CongressDaily sorts out the details here:
“After a key legislator described a pending compromise on card-check legislation Tuesday, backers scrambled to tamp down speculation that a deal on the labor reform bill has been finalized.
“‘There is no final deal in place,’ said incoming AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.
Ooops! Thus, by declaring a deal was done on EFCA (when it really wasn't), Arlen Specter revealed that he suffers from Premature Mastication Syndrome and, in the process, caused great embarrassment for himself.