Time to make switch from GOP to Democrats

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - OPINION -

As a life­long mod­er­ate Re­pub­li­can, I was shocked by Don­ald Trump’s elec­tion and dis­mayed by his in­ept­ness and the widen­ing gap between the GOP’s core val­ues and the pres­i­dent’s state­ments and ac­tions. This has cre­ated a predica­ment for me with this year’s Malta town noard and su­per­vi­sor’s elec­tion since I had voted the party line for 52 years.

As I lis­tened to this year’s Re­pub­li­can can­di­dates, I waited to hear the re­pu­di­a­tion of the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion’s ac­tions. With the ex­cep­tion of some can­di­date’s po­si­tions on im­mi­gra­tion (I.E. the wall), I did not hear any­thing ex­cept the Trump party line on is­sues such as health in­sur­ance, econ­omy, for­eign re­la­tions, gun con­trol, tax re­form, etc.

On the Demo­cratic side, how­ever, can­di­dates Bill Bre­heny and Tracy O’Rourke, ex­pressed the ideals I was brought up with and sup­port. In­ter­est­ingly, they asked for the voter’s opin­ions; while the Repub­li­cans did not. I have there­fore de­ter­mined that this year I will break with tra­di­tion and en­roll as a Demo­crat.

I en­cour­age other dis­af­fected Repub­li­cans to do what I am do­ing, lis­ten to the can­di­dates and then make up your mind. Robert Sweet Round Lake

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