"One day God's gonna stand before you and he's gonna judge you and the rest of your cronies!" shouted a frustrated citizen after he learned that he wouldn’t be allowed to take a turn on the microphone.
The outburst was hardly the only one during the town hall meeting about health care, many of which were critical of Specter, a phenomenon that has been common across the country this summer.
"OK, we've just had a demonstration of democracy," Specter said as he tried to get back some control over the crowded room. He was conciliatory, up to a point:
"When he says that I'm trampling on constitutional rights, I have to disagree with him," said Specter.
He could have shut up at that point, but instead took a turn down the "you're darn lucky I'm here" highway.
"I could be somewhere else. I don't get in the extra pay. I don't have any requirements to be here," Specter told the crowd.
The booing had started early when it was announced that only 30 pre-selected people, based on a first-come, first-served basis, would be allowed to ask questions.