Breitbart reports, “A new study by the Frontier Lab, a conservative market research group, found that Republican voters who leave the party do so because they are are tired of being told to vote Republican as the ‘lesser of two evils’. The study, ‘Switching Behavior: Modeling disaffiliation from the Republican brand’, is published on the group’s website and applies scientific methods of qualitative research to the GOP’s most urgent problem.”
One Republican in Venice, FL is among them.
WDW – FL received the following in an email dated July 3, 2013 from Kathy Bolam:
Sadly, today at the Board meeting of the Republican Club of South Sarasota County, I made the following statements…..
I have been actively involved with the Republican Party since 2007. I have always been a Republican. I have watched you all work hard, giving your all to get Republicans elected. But, how has that worked for us? Are we as a nation, state or even county, better off than we were 5 years ago? Those we elected have betrayed the Constitution (Buchanan, Rubio, violated our morals (Nancy Detert), refuse to act on behalf of the 2nd Amendment (Sheriff Knight), allow contracts that benefit developers (Commissioners). It seems the goal of the Republican party is to elect Republicans….not to elect people who will lead ethically, and uphold our Constitution. I have seen you all work hard, but I haven’t seen too many Republicans following up on those we have elected…..via personal visits, attending County Commission Meetings, Charter Review Board Meetings and Town Hall. If we don’t monitor their performance, then they feel empowered to do as they please.
I saw the deplorable treatment given to Ron Paul last year at the Convention, I saw the injustice meted out to Linda Long, I’ve seen Mr. Waechter’s manipulative words at the Charter Meetings and County Commission Meetings, I see Rubio and Buchanan violating the Constitution. I saw in the 2012 August Primary that only 10 % of voters elected the Supervisor of Elections. To me that disenfranchised 90% of the voters and was a sham perpetrated via Victoria Brill and denied citizens equal rights at the ballot box. I see the Party more important than the Constitution. Therefore I plan on changing to an Independent voter.
I have enjoyed my relationship with this club and find no fault therein, but I have to be honest to myself and cannot continue as a Republican. Let me know to whom I should turn over the records, etc. I will miss all the good people and friends of the South County Club, but I just can’t continue to be loyal to the Republicans standards when are leaders have not been loyal to the Constitution.
Since 1972 there has been significant growth in Florida of Independent voters. Both political parties are losing voters. Since 1972 the Republican Party has grown by 430%, the Democrat Party by 197% and Independents have grown by 2,489%. The total number of registered voters has grown by 339%.
The Florida Division of Elections provides the below infographics to show changes in party affiliation since 1972: