Tuesday, February 11, 2014

She’s Leaving Home

Via the Tampa Bay Times:

Former state Rep. Ana Rivas Logan is leaving the Republican Party, she announced Monday.

She plans to register as a Democrat, she said.

“The GOP of today is not the party I joined,” said Rivas Logan, who also served on the Miami-Dade School Board. “It’s not the party of my parents. It’s a party that has been radicalized and held hostage by a group of extremists.”

Rivas Logan was welcomed to the party by another Republican-turned-Democrat: gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist.

“Bienvenida @anarivaslogan to the Democratic Party!” Crist wrote on Twitter. “Glad you are here my friend.”

The Tweet helped fuel speculation Monday morning.

“The bottom line is that the Democrats have a very weak bench,” said Carlos Curbelo, a Miami-Dade School Board member and Republican candidate for U.S. Congress. “If Charlie Crist wanted to choose a Hispanic female to run with him, there is no one else.”

Curbelo added: “I get the sense that this is a very calculated move, and that it is highly likely that she would be chosen.”

Rivas Logan said she could not be considered for the November election. She pointed to a state law saying candidates for partisan posts can run only if they have not been a member of a different political party for 365 days prior to the start of the qualifying period.

No comment for obvious reasons, but I thought you might enjoy the moment.

One bark on “She’s Leaving Home

  1. “I get the sense that this is a very calculated move, and that it is highly likely that she would be chosen.”

    Of course it’s a calculated move. After all, the GOTea has become such a welcoming place for women and minorities. She can’t possibly be leaving because the party platform states that she should be BPIK – preferably back in Cuba wherever it is she came from.

    /snark

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