Story last updated at 3:05 p.m. Friday, August 9, 2002

Party loyalty questioned
During the House election two years ago, Republican candidate Dale Wunderlich was taken to task and his party loyalty was questioned for supporting House Democratic nominee Joni Whitmore during the 1996 election. It seems that we may again have a similar scenario during the 2002 election. Apparently, Republican House candidate Paul Seaton also supported Democratic nominee Joni Whitmore during the same election. Two years prior to that, Mr. Seaton endorsed Cathy Godfrey for House and Tony Knowles for governor during the 1994 election. Mr. Seaton even contributed $200 to Tony Knowles' campaign.

Now, I truly believe in the freedom to support whomever we wish, regardless of party affiliation. Indeed, many people "vote the person" and not the party, as well they should if their conscience so dictates. But, don't claim to be a Republican and embrace the Republican Party platform (or pretend to) and then support Democratic candidates and expect your fellow Republicans to understand.

If you want to do this, then register and run for office as a Non-Partisan candidate. It's one thing to be a RINO (Republican In Name Only), but quite another to be disloyal. Perhaps I was wrong. (Imagine that!) It could be that Mr. Seaton is the Democrat's best hope, and not Drew Scalzi as I had once thought. Doug Ruzicka

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