Two local Republicans vying to replace Kay Bailey Hutchison in the Senate are arguing that yesterday's defection by Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter to the Democratic Party should impact how their race plays out.
Texas Railroad Commissioner Michael Williams of Arlington noted the news on Twitter yesterday: "The Specter move makes it all the more important to elect a consistent, courageous conservative to the Senate. A game changer."
Singing a similar tune, Roger Williams (no relation) sent out a statement that began, "Senator Specter's decision is a victory of politics over principle. This reminds all Texans that when we select our next Senator, it should be someone who is motivated by and grounded in a solid conservative philosophy."
Williams continued: "Today is a sad day for America. A liberal president now has a filibuster proof majority. This will be bad for our economy, dangerous for our national security and destructive to our values."