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Via cookiebear at DailyKos I noticed the news about Senator Nancy Riley switching from the Republican party to the Democrat party. Her reasoning? (more on the flipside):
Republican State Senator Joins Democratic Party
Thursday August 03, 2006 1:04pm
Oklahoma City (AP) – The state Senate gained a Democrat and lost a Republican today.
Senator Nancy Riley says she’s switching from the Republican to the Democratic Party because the G-O-P is being taken over by the extreme right wing.
Riley says she was completely ignored by the Republican caucus during this year’s legislative session. She believes her treatment is because of her moderate views and because she’s a woman.
The move increases the Democrat’s majority in the Senate to 26-to-22 and Riley is in the middle of her four-year term so she doesn’t face re-election this year.
Democratic Senator Mike Morgan says Riley’s move shows momentum is shifting back to the Democratic Party.
Riley recent finished third in a three person race for the Republican nomination lieutenant governor but surprised many by getting 23 percent of the vote.
My emphasis added.
As I understand it, this election year was supposed to be the year the GOP captured the OK State Senate (thus extending its control to both state legislative houses). The switch in party affiliation by Riley should make that particular goal at least a little more difficult to accomplish.