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Those who worked with Sen. Specter react to his death

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

Longtime moderate Republican Arlen Specter passed away Sunday at the age of 82.

His son said he was having complications from Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma.

When Senator Specter announced in August that his cancer returned, he released an optimistic statement: "It's another battle I intend to win."

Unfortunately he lost the battle. But the longtime senator left a lasting impact on the people he worked with.

Those who worked for Senator Specter said he was relentless and worked harder than anyone else. They also said he expected the same thing from them and pushed the people around him to work harder. Although his employees have said Senator Specter was a tough boss, he earned their respect.

As for his health struggles, those who knew the longtime politician said that never slowed Senator Specter down. In fact, the senator's illness only seemed to make him work harder.

"He just wasn't going to let it get the better of him and he thought if I'm going to feel miserable, I might as well work a full day," said Chris Nicholas, Specter's campaign manager in 2004 and 2012. "I admired the fact that he just never gave up and he fought to find the center ground."

"Never a hint of scandal and he always said what he wanted. He was a great politician," said Corky Goldstein, who was hired by Specter. "But I think he'll be remembered for being an honorable man and an honorable public servant."

President Obama released a statement: "Arlen Specter was always a fighter. From his days stamping out corruption as a prosecutor in Philadelphia to his three decades of service in the senate, Arlen was fiercely independent, never putting party or ideology ahead of the people he was chosen to serve."

Governor Corbett also released a statement: "For more than five decades, Arlen Specter lived a life devoted to public service on behalf of the people of Pennsylvania and the united states. Pennsylvania has lost a political figure whose career stretched from Philadelphia's City Hall to the chambers of the U.S. Senate. We are saddened to hear of his death."

Funeral services are scheduled for Tuesday. A memorial will be held at Har Zion Temple in Penn Valley and will be open to the public. Burial will take place immediately after at Shalom Memorial Park in Huntingdon Valley.

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