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Flip Flopping Politicians

| October 26, 2009, 02:00 PM | 2 Comments

Flip-FlopsDemocrat Or Republican, Does It Matter?

Is Gilbert Renaut a Democrat or an Independent? Is Scott Bowling a Republican or a Democrat? Is Laurie Sears-Deppa a Democrat or a Republican? Is Wayne Taylor a Republican or a Democrat? What about George Kelly? Is Dennis Callahan a Republican, Democrat, or Independent? And Trudy McFall, still a Democrat to our knowledge ran as a Democrat, endorsed a stable of Republicans. And if one blog is to be believed, she then soundly trashed her own party.

The easy answer is they have been all of them. While some will claim a switch to a particular party because of “ideals”, you can bet that (aside from the curious case of Laurie Sears-Deppa) that it is merely posturing one’s self for the best chances of winning a race.

Does anyone think Gil Renaut had a chance against a then popular Mayor running as an incumbent? Or that Scott Bowling had a chance against a two term Democrat? Just look at Dennis Callahan who seemingly is doing double dutch with his voter registration–first as a Republican, then as a Democrat, then as an Independent, and then back to a Democrat–serving under a Republican no less. And that is only from casual memory!

If the party affiliation does not matter to the candidates, why do we have them at all? After all, aren’t local politics supposed to be about local issues. We can leave the gun rights, abortion, illegal immigration and healthcare to the Federal and State wonks. Why not just elect the best person that will guide us locally in the best direction?

Does it really matter if a Democrat or a Republican holds the Mayor or County Executive’s office? How about a person who works for the people of the County and City and strives to attract more business and more jobs to the weakened economy and spends our tax dollars judiciously. Is that asking too much?

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John’s background is in the travel industry as a business owner, industry speaker, and travel writer. In terms of blogging and social media, he cut his teeth with MSNBC.com.

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  1. Paul A. Richards says:

    Why not re-name this blog RED EYE ON ANNAPOLIS?

    Why would Josh or Matt advertise here?

  2. Eye Spy says:

    Actually Paul, this blog (unlike others–and that is not a stab, but a fact) is pretty apolitical. We have not repeatedly thrown candidates under the bus and have reported true news (Sam, Zina) when it happened.

    There is not a red slant to this blog at all and I am curious as to why you see that.

    The above politicians have indeed switched parties and it has gone from red to blue to purple. The point was made that political parties are less significant in local races than state or national races.

    Just yesterday, The Capital had a piece discussing this and it was stated that local residents are more concerned with when a pothole is going to be fixed than a Mayor’s standing on abortion.

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