Former Supreme Court Nominee Bork Endorses Toomey in Pennsylvania Senate Race

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 8, 2004   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Former Supreme Court Nominee Bork Endorses Toomey in Pennsylvania Senate Race

by Steven Ertelt Editor
January 8, 2004

Harrisburg, PA ( — Sixteen years ago, pro-abortion Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) sharply questioned pro-life Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork and eventually voted against his nomination. Those actions contributed to Bork losing his confirmation vote.

This week, Bork remembered what happened and decided to do something about it. Knowing that, if he is re-elected, Specter has a chance to become chairman of the Judiciary Committee, Bork endorsed pro-life Congressman Pat Toomey, who is challenging Specter in the April Republican primary.

Bork isn’t alone in supporting Toomey as former presidential candidate Steve Forbes and former Reagan Attorney General Ed Meese have endorsed the pro-life Congressman as well.

Toomey is high on his prospects.

"He’s never had a primary opponent who had the ability to run a credible race," Toomey told Fox News. "The highest funded primary opponent raised a half-a-million dollars. I’ve already raised $2.5 million and there’s a lot more in the pipeline."

Pro-life groups have been rallied to Toomey’s side. He has compiled a strong pro-life record while Specter consistently votes for abortion — including supporting a resolution that endorsed the Roe v. Wade decision that legalized unlimited abortion.

"He’s the poster child for NOW (National Organization for Women) and NARAL (National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League)," said Connie Mackey of the Family Research Council.

Mackey said Specter has also drawn the ire of the pro-life community because he has sponsored legislation that would allow human embryos to be cloned and killed so scientists can obtain their stem cells for research.

Meanwhile, the Republican Mainstreet Partnership, a pro-abortion group, expects to spend heavily to support one of its own. Sarah Chamberlain Resnick, executive director of the group says the organization could spend as much as $1 million to defeat Toomey.