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freepcrusher
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« on: April 15, 2012, 11:49:15 pm »
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One thing I've noticed is how there have been a lot more D to R turncoats than R to D turncoats. But of the few R to D turncoats that I know of, a lot of them happened during the Nixon administration:

1969 - John Lindsay, former Republican congressman and current mayor of New York, loses renomination and is forced to run on the Liberal line. In 1971, he joins the Democratic Party.

1970 - Floyd Haskell, the Speaker of the Colorado House, switches to the democrats. In 1972, he unseats incumbent senator Gordon Allott.

1972 - Ogden Reid, congressman from Westchester County, bolts from the Republicans to the Democrats

1973 - a few weeks into his fourth term, Donald Riegle, a Flint congressman, switches to the Democrats.

Do you think this is a coincidence or do you think that it was mostly Nixon's fault?

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« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2012, 12:10:37 am »
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A coincidence.  In Lindsay's case, the man was literally a borderline-Communist.

Edit: There were certainly plenty of Republicans who left the party because of the Nixon administration, especially after Watergate, but not too many elected officials.
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