We contacted Jim Esch and offered space on our blog to explain why he recently switched his voter registration from Democrat to Independent.
Here is his response:
Basically, I never have been a big fan of either party. Not from a local sense, but nationally. So, I feel truer to myself by going back to being an independent.
Furthermore, the VOICE group is my top political goal right now. But in order for it to be legit, it needs to have more Republicans involved. I hope by making this switch, it will at least demonstrate my commitment to that principle.
However, one danger for VOICE is for it to come off as a “let’s get Jim Esch elected” sort of ploy. So I need to stay behind scenes as much as I can. I’ve come to realize I can get much more done behind the scenes than I probably ever could as an elected official anyway.
Never say never, but I am very content and happy with doing what I’m doing now, I’m still in the fish bowl to a great extent but at least I don’t have your blog ripping me to shreds everyday. (Smiley face deleted by Editor.)
Lastly, I don’t see the need for parties at the local level. I’m a big believer in [former New York] Mayor La Guardia’s statement, “There is no Democratic or Republican way of cleaning the streets.”
I believe there exists a pragmatic third political base, but they are disenfranchised by the current system. Now nationally this thought is nearly impossible, but at the local level I think they can be reached.
That’s when real change will occur, in my opinion.
So there you go politicos.
Are you happy? Sad? Indifferent?
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