Longtime colorful Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter, who was born in Wichita, is visiting the city today and meeting with family and friends.
Specter is serving out his term after losing the Democratic primary election in Pennsylvania in May. He was a Republican for 45 years before switching party affiliation last year.
Specter, who has served in the Senate since 1980, said he hasn't made up his mind about what he's going to do next.
"I think I'm going to come back to Kansas and run against (Sam) Brownback," he joked.
Specter said he has no regrets about switching parties.
"Well, it worked out badly, let me put it that way," he said, "but I do not think it was a mistake.
"I have retraced all the steps and made a lot of decisions, and I think each decision that I made was a correct decision at the time it was made. In my line of work, it is not fruitful to do Monday-morning quarterbacking."
Specter's vote in favor of the Obama stimulus plan served as the final break from the Republican Party, he said.
"Being an independent is very, very difficult to maintain party standing," he said.
Specter was born in Wichita at St. Francis Hospital in 1930.
"I like to say that's where I met my mother," he said.
He lived in Wichita until he was 12 years old before the family moved to Russell.