Former U.S Senator Arlen Specter passed away Sunday at the age of 82. Many of the words used to describe specter at the State Capitol Monday include tenacious, capable, and a political machine. Former Senator Arlen Specter spent most of his adult life representing Pennsylvania, leaving his mark on colleagues here in Harrisburg.
U.S. Senator Pat Toomey, Arlen's successor, says his best quality was tenacity, and that made him a tough political opponent, and a strong advocate for Pennsylvania. Specter left his mark on many, especially those who knew him personally.
" Unfortunately we lost a machine. A machine that when he took a task he finished it - there's not too many of them left in the system. He first endorsed me back in 2006 on a Friday afternoon and I'll just never forget it. And he will be remembered as a man that would get whatever you needed done," says Mike Vereb, ( R ) 150th District
Specter's funeral is Tuesday in Penn Valley and will be open to the public. HIs family is asking donations be made to Philadelphia University or another charity in lieu of flowers.