More proof that New England Republicans are in danger of taking up permanent residence at the margins comes this morning when a member of the Connecticut House of Representatives switches from Republican to Democrat. North Stonington Republican Diana Urban, elected to a fourth term two weeks ago, often voted with Democrats in the legislature. Her departure from the ranks of the GOP reduces their number to 44 of 151.
I can't imgine the Republicans are going to miss her very much. But I suppose Rennie has a point, sort of. Is there a place in Connecticut's GOP for liberal Republicans?
Speaking of Republicans, the Courant ran a decent piece by Rick Green on the future of the state's Republican Party. He interviewed Mayor Ryan Bingham of Torrington, as well as Sen. Andrew Roraback and others. There's a lot of individual talent in the Republican ranks. Here's a quote I like from Sen. Roraback:
"We have done a poor job articulating why it is a New England Republican is a desirable animal."
They have. Perhaps if Republicans run hard as fiscal conservatives and social moderates, they could become a credible alternative to the Democrats again. For now, though, the failings of the national party are hurting them badly.
Green, Rick. "Searching For A GOP Pulse." Hartford Courant 21 November, 2006.
Update 12:33pm: Check out Colin McEnroe's blog for more information on why Urban switched. Seems like it was more about committee assignments than anything else. Go take a look.