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Question No. 2 — Switching Parties

Issue: Washington state Republican switches parties mid-term: Tom says he won’t resign despite requests/David Ammons, Associated Press

DFO: We’ve had a coupla party conversions in Kootenai County, with Democrats becoming Republicans, out of political preservation, if nothing else. (Think: Pierce Clegg, Rocky Watson and Bill Douglas.) Then, we have some Democrats masquerading as Republicans in legislative offices. I’m not bothered by a candidate who switches parties. But Washington Republicans have a point that Rep. Rodney Tom should step relinquish his current post while he runs for Senate.

Question: What do you think of party jumpers?

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