The Pittsburg Tribune seems to think Senator Arlen Spector (and noted RINO) might want to watch his back:
Arlen Specter isn’t in just a bit of hot water these days — he’s fully immersed in a scalding cauldron. That’s how we read the results of a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday that illustrates the difficulty Pennsylvania’s senior senator might have getting re-elected next year.
With more than a year to go before Specter would even face a challenge in the Republican primary, more people believe Specter should be retired than retained. Forty-three percent of the survey’s respondents said Specter should be retired; just 40 percent favor retaining him. What makes those numbers even more troubling for Specter is that the survey was conducted before his vote for the massive economic stimulus bill.
A strong, deep-pocketed challenger to Specter might emerge in Pittsburgh entrepreneur Glen Meakem. Meakem, who founded FreeMarkets Inc. and currently is managing director of Meakem Becker Venture Capital, was sharply critical of Specter’s stimulus vote.
“His support (of the eventual $789 billion stimulus package) is too much,” Meakem told the Human Events Web site. “Pennsylvania voters are fed up with Specter’s perennial charade.”
The 45-year-old businessman didn’t exactly deny he was contemplating a run for Specter’s seat. “I’m not a candidate at this time,” he told Human Events. “But a race for office may be possible in the future.”
Good. I’d vote for him if I lived in Pennsylvania. Here’s his biography:
Glen T. Meakem is the Managing General Partner of Meakem Ventures, a venture capital firm located near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Prior to starting Meakem Ventures, Mr. Meakem was the founding Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of FreeMarkets, Inc. Mr. Meakem founded the company in 1995. FreeMarkets first created the market for internet deployed supply management software and services and then went public in 1999 in a record setting IPO. The company achieved over $180 million in annual revenues and tens of millions of dollars in positive cash flow. Mr. Meakem and his team sold the company to Ariba for $500 million in 2004.
A trailblazer in electronic commerce, Mr. Meakem has been named one of 40 technology pioneers by the World Economic Forum, and holds three United States patents for electronic commerce inventions. FreeMarkets and Mr. Meakem were profiled in a widely taught Harvard Business School case study.
A leader in the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Mr. Meakem is a member of the Board of Trustees of Carnegie Mellon University, and is Chairman of the Board of the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania – Heinz History Center. Mr. Meakem also sits on the boards of The Urban League of Pittsburgh, Sewickley Academy, and The Extra Mile Education Foundation.
Early in his career, Mr. Meakem held professional and managerial positions with McKinsey & Company, Kraft-General Foods, and General Electric. A former officer in the United States Army Reserve where he achieved the rank of Captain, Mr. Meakem also volunteered for and served in the 1991 Gulf War. Mr. Meakem holds a B.A. cum laude from Harvard University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Mr. Meakem is married with five children.
I’d volunteer to send him a campaign donation, but it looks like he doesn’t need any.
Run, Captain, Run!