Former Sen. Specter to host television show

    Arlen Specter is out of office, but Pennsylvania’s longest-serving U.S. senator isn’t done trying to make an impact on public debate.

    The pilot episode of a political-affairs show he’s hosting will air Friday night on Maryland Public Television. A station spokeswoman says additional episodes will depend on fundraising to pay the approximately $100,000 cost to produce each show.

    With showmanship like this, though, it shouldn’t be a problem.

    The first episode will focus on campaign finance. An executive producer, Craig Snyder, says he hopes the series will be distributed nationally to public TV stations by the summer.

    Specter’s 30-year run in office ended a year ago.

    The 81-year-old was defeated in the Democratic primary after switching parties to avoid Republican primary voters angered by his vote for President Barack Obama’s economic stimulus package.

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