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Democrat Officeholders Switch to GOP in N.J., Kansas


You remember last week, when we talked about Democrat officeholders switching to the GOP in Georgia, Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Indiana, right?

The trend continues

Kansas Senator Chris Steineger — who was elected as a Kansas City, Kan., Democrat — announced this morning that he has joined the Republican Party.

“My views on taxing, borrowing, and spending and on the size and role of government in our society, have changed over the years and today more closely align with the Republican Party,” he wrote in a written release.

The news is likely to have strong repercussions in Wyandotte County, where Democrats have long been the majority party.

And in… New Jersey?

New Jersey Republican State Committee Chairman Jay Webber Wednesday issued a statement welcoming Clinton Town Mayor Christine Schaumburg’s decision to switch her party affiliation to Republican.

“Mayor Schaumburg’s decision to join the GOP shows the depth of her commitment to core principles like economic liberty and honest, limited government,’’ Webber said. “I look forward to working with the mayor as we stand with Gov. Christie and the rest of our state’s dedicated Republican elected officials to make New Jersey a better place to live, work and raise a family.’’

Schaumburg announced her move Tuesday just prior to introducing Gov. Chris Christie at his town hall meeting at Clinton Community Center. She credited Christie with influencing her decision to switch parties. Schuamburg has one year remaining in her four-year term.

Chris Christie: He brings ‘em over.

Look at the bright side, Democrats: You’ve picked up a county commissioner in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania.

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