A Democratic state lawmaker who just last week announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate says he's now going to re-evaluate his options. State Representative Bill Kortz of Dravosburg says he knows he'll be even more of an underdog in the race now that incumbent U.S. Senator Arlen Specter has announced he's changing his party affiliation from Republican to Democrat. Kortz is in his first term in the General Assembly. He says he will look at poll numbers and other reaction to today's announcement before deciding whether he will continue with his campaign.
Kortz says he was surprised by the announcement, especially since Specter had recently re-affirmed his commitment to the GOP. But Kortz says he respects Specter and believes he's done a lot of good for Pennsylvania and the country.