Elections

Tom Ridge Passes on PA Senate Race

Arlen Specter’s had a gloomy few days, but here’s a ray of light for him: Tom Ridge, former governor of Pennsylvania and director of Homeland Security, has chosen to not run against Arlen Specter in the 2010 Senate race. “Under the budget request for the Pentagon, Afghanistan war funding surpasses that for Iraq for the first time, part of a shift in priorities that Gates seeks in defense spending,” he wrote in a statement. In some polls, Ridge had been leading Specter.