Could Pennsylvania Have two Senate Races in 2006?
by Painter2004, Wed Feb 16, 2005 at 04:22:10 PM EST
Alren Specter has announced that he has Hodgkin's disease, if Specter should not be able to carry out his duties could Pennsylvania have two Senate Races in 2006? Has any State or Commonwealth ever had two Senate races in the same year in modern history? Here's the story (in the extended entry):
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter, a Pennsylvania Republican, has been diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease, a treatable cancer of the lymph system, his office announced on Wednesday.
"Senator Specter has an excellent chance of being completely cured," Specter's oncologist, Dr. John Glick, said in a statement issued by the 75-year-old lawmaker's office.
His office said Specter is expected to be able to continue to perform his duties, which as Judiciary chairman includes helping shepherd through the Senate for confirmation President Bush's judicial nominees, who may include possible candidates for the U.S. Supreme Court.
Specter has also been busy with a measure he recently drafted to create a long-sought compensation fund for victims of asbestos, a fire-retardant mineral once widely used for insulation and construction that is linked to serious illnesses.
Specter has been absent from the Senate in recent days while undergoing testing, and word of his illnesses quickly spread to colleagues.
"He has a strong will, he is a person of strong faith," said Sen. Tom Harkin, an Iowa Democrat. "We hope to have him back here as soon as possible."
Specter is expected to receive chemotherapy every two weeks over the next 24 to 32 weeks at the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania, his office said in its statement.
Glick said, "Senator Specter's Hodgkin's disease has a five-year survival rate of 70 percent. He is in superb physical condition."
Specter said in the same statement: "I have beaten a brain tumor, bypass heart surgery and many tough political opponents; and I'm going to beat this too."
"I have a lot more work," Specter, who won a fifth, six-year term in the Senate in November.
There are about 7,500 new cases of Hodgkin's disease diagnosed every year in the United States, Specter's office said.
"Senator Specter had experienced persistent fevers and enlarged lymph nodes under his left arm and above his left clavicle," his office said in its statement.
"He received testing on February 14th at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital" in Philadelphia, it said. "The testing involved biopsy of a lymph node and biopsy of bone marrow."
"The lymph node was positive for Hodgkin's disease. The bone marrow biopsy showed no cancer," it said.
His office said that tests at the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania on Wednesday established that Specter has "stage IVB Hodgkin's disease."
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