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CA: With runoff looming, Bruce McPherson quits GOP
Santa Cruz Sentinel via San Jose Mercury News ^ | 20 June 2012 | Jason Hoppin

Posted on 06/20/2012 11:37:25 AM PDT by CounterCounterCulture

Bruce McPherson said Tuesday he is dropping his GOP party affiliation and listing no preference, joining a growing bloc of California voters who've renounced party identification...

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An abortion rights supporter who's willing to discuss new taxes, McPherson was known as a moderate during his 11 years in the Legislature. During the years, he has endorsed local Democrats such as Fred Keeley, Henry Mello and Sam Farr.

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McPherson said he did not consider registering as a Democrat.

"No, because I think the far left of the Democrats is in the same situation as the far right of the Republican Party," McPherson said. "You just have to find a mean. I don't think anybody can find a politician who has been identified as a moderate more than Bruce McPherson."

(Excerpt) Read more at mercurynews.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: California
KEYWORDS: brucemcpherson; cagop; erichammer; mcpherson; rino
Note: He's running for the nonpartisan office of county supervisor. First-time candidate Eric Hammer, a Democrat, appears to have cleared enough votes to force the runoff (some tallying still remains).
1 posted on 06/20/2012 11:37:29 AM PDT by CounterCounterCulture
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To: CounterCounterCulture
McPherson is running for County Supervisor after having been a State Assemblyman and CA Secretary of State? Rising (falling) to the level of your competence, Bruce???

On a related matter, County Supervisor is NOT a non-partisan office. Partisan politics is very much a part of being a county supervisor, at least within the counties that I've been watching.

2 posted on 06/20/2012 11:47:54 AM PDT by SoldierDad (Proud dad of an Army Soldier who has survived 24 months of Combat deployment.)
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To: CounterCounterCulture

McPherson was a Republican? Wait, did he know that?


3 posted on 06/20/2012 11:51:57 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: CounterCounterCulture

I don’t know the man , but it sounds like he wasn’t much of anything to begin with.


4 posted on 06/20/2012 11:52:53 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: CounterCounterCulture

Could this work for Romney?


5 posted on 06/20/2012 11:53:59 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: CounterCounterCulture

Which county?


6 posted on 06/20/2012 11:54:19 AM PDT by hedgetrimmer
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To: CounterCounterCulture

If we remove all the Democrats from the Republican party, we won’t have much Left. Sounds like a plan!


7 posted on 06/20/2012 11:55:16 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Republicanism: Y1 Rant Y2 Rant Y3 Rant Y4, Oh nevermind, vote for him anyway. Rinse & Repeat!)
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To: CounterCounterCulture

If we remove all the Democrats from the Republican party, we won’t have much Left. Sounds like a plan!


8 posted on 06/20/2012 11:56:40 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (If we remove all the Democrats from the Republican party, we won't have much "Left". Excellent!)
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To: hedgetrimmer

Santa Cruz


9 posted on 06/20/2012 11:57:09 AM PDT by CounterCounterCulture (RINOs, the CANCER within the G.O.P.)
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To: martin_fierro

Santa Cruz ping


10 posted on 06/20/2012 11:58:03 AM PDT by CounterCounterCulture (RINOs, the CANCER within the G.O.P.)
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To: SoldierDad
I agree. There really is no such thing as a non-partisan race. For the purposes of elections, the Secretary of State and Registrar of Voters labels such races as "non-partisan," even though we understand the reality of politics.
11 posted on 06/20/2012 12:01:04 PM PDT by CounterCounterCulture (RINOs, the CANCER within the G.O.P.)
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To: CounterCounterCulture; martin_fierro

BTW, that post was recorded as my 25,000th post on FreeRepublic. Yay me.


12 posted on 06/20/2012 12:04:45 PM PDT by CounterCounterCulture (RINOs, the CANCER within the G.O.P.)
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To: CounterCounterCulture
Moderate = middle of the road


13 posted on 06/20/2012 12:04:48 PM PDT by Bratch
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To: CounterCounterCulture

Oh please, with very rare exception it’s the entire state!


14 posted on 06/20/2012 12:29:09 PM PDT by old school
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To: CounterCounterCulture; Impy; Clintonfatigued; calcowgirl; AuH2ORepublican; BillyBoy; ElkGroveDan; ..

Ah-nold’s ultra-liberal RINO ex-Sec of State quits the GOP.


15 posted on 06/20/2012 1:35:19 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (If you like lying Socialist dirtbags, you'll love Slick Willard)
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To: CounterCounterCulture
I'm surprised he kept getting elected in that district. 80% of his constituency are to the left of Bruce. The only ones near him politically are the farmers and ranchers. The rest are either migrant farmworkers, legal and illegal, or granola crunching stoner surfers and their enabling ex-hippie leftist mom and dad.
16 posted on 06/20/2012 1:41:00 PM PDT by muleskinner
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To: CounterCounterCulture

Good news! Go Brrrucie. Take all the other RINOS with you.


17 posted on 06/20/2012 2:36:04 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: CounterCounterCulture
Let's just rearrange this article a little bit.

McPherson said he did not consider registering as a Democrat.

"No, because I think the far left of the Democrats is in the same situation as the far right of the Republican Party,"

During the years, he has endorsed local Democrats such as Fred Keeley, Henry Mello and Sam Farr.

Fred Keeley and Sam Farr aren't rabid left wing? That's news to me.

18 posted on 06/20/2012 4:03:01 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (The RINOcrat Party is still in charge. There has never been a conservative American government.)
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To: CounterCounterCulture
BTW, that post was recorded as my 25,000th post on FreeRepublic. Yay me.

You just made me look it up. I'm 53 shy of 40K.

19 posted on 06/20/2012 4:15:01 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (The RINOcrat Party is still in charge. There has never been a conservative American government.)
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To: fieldmarshaldj; calcowgirl; AuH2ORepublican; Impy; GOPsterinMA; ElkGroveDan

I remember Bruce McPherson. He won a special election to the state Assembly in a solidly Democrat district after Sam Farr succeeded Leon Panetta in Congress. McPherson went on to get elected to the state Senate in a district that had been represented by a Decmorat for 20 years. He represented areas that normally voted for Democrats (including the ultra-leftist Santa Cruz area), so conservatives were happy to tolerate him. Now he’s yesterday’s political news and no one cares anymore.


20 posted on 06/20/2012 4:20:11 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Obama and Company lied, the American economy died)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Had McPherson won the full term for the Sec of State race in 2006, odds are that Ah-nold would’ve cleared the primary for him for Governor in 2010. Wow... just look at the RINO success in CA. Ah-nold, Maldonado, this guy... with RINOs like these, who needs Democrats ?


21 posted on 06/20/2012 4:30:34 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (If you like lying Socialist dirtbags, you'll love Slick Willard)
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To: fieldmarshaldj; calcowgirl; AuH2ORepublican; Impy; GOPsterinMA; ElkGroveDan
>> Wow... just look at the RINO success in CA. Ah-nold, Maldonado, McPherson ... with RINOs like these, who needs Democrats ? <<

Ah, you know the old GOP establishment script:

Conservative loses Democrat dominated state by 0.5% - 2% of the vote = PROOF that conservatives CANNOT win

RINO loses Democrat dominated state by 4% - 25% of the vote = So what?

And I bet all the RINO apologists who ridiculed the idea that McPherson and his ilk would ever defect to the RAT party are silent now. How convenient.

22 posted on 06/20/2012 10:44:08 PM PDT by BillyBoy (Illegals for Perry/Gingrich 2012 : Don't be "heartless"/ Be "humane")
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To: CounterCounterCulture; BillyBoy; Clintonfatigued; fieldmarshaldj; calcowgirl

I’d “support” the democrat in the runoff. “Non-partisan” liberals are even worse than democrats most of the time.


23 posted on 06/24/2012 4:48:09 AM PDT by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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