California GOP sinking into third-party statusSubmitted by ralph hornsby on Mon, 06/25/2012 - 09:22
SACRAMENTO — Another Republican politician has bolted the GOP, protesting that the party is too rigid.
In fact, both major parties — all partisan politics — have become too strident and stifling, he says.
So Bruce McPherson, 68 — former California secretary of state and centrist legislator and current candidate for the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors — has re-registered as an independent, or "no party preference."
In doing that, McPherson is fitting into the pattern of millions of Californians who have snubbed the parties and become nonpartisans.
More than one-fifth of registered voters, 21.3%, are listed with no party preference, according to the Secretary of State. That's double the 10.7% in 1996 and more than quadruple the 5% in 1972.
In the last 16 years, the GOP's slice of the electorate has fallen from 37% to 30.2%. The Democrats' share also has declined, but less precipitously — from 47.1% to 43.4%.
"I walk precincts door to door and people tell me they're looking for an independent voice," McPherson says. "They see partisan politics as paralyzing the governing process. They see no movement or communication. They're frustrated and fed up.
"But I'm not going to do Republican bashing because the left wing of the Democratic Party is guilty of the same thing. It's 'my way or the byway.' Republicans want to shut down things and Democrats want to pay for everything.
"There's no middle."
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