Arlen Specter, 1930 – 2012

    Over the years I’ve drawn Arlen Specter more than a few times.  Political cartooning is a critical medium, so most of the drawings were not very flattering.  

    One time, at a fund-raising event for the Reading Terminal Market, Specter came up and began berating me for a recent drawing I had done, in front of my wife, children and extended family.   I defended myself and Arlen went on his way.  My family couldn’t believe it, but I assured them that all was well.  Arlen was just being Arlen, and in any event, freedom of speech is a two-way street.  Over the years, my respect for Specter grew, as my appreciation of his independence and serious hell-raising increased.  He will be missed.   

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