Tea Party-backed Republicans spur party switches

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    NEW YORK (Reuters) – For lifelong Republican Joe Errigo, deciding to cross party lines and support a liberal Democrat for New York governor wasn't nearly as difficult as one might expect.

    Republican candidate Carl Paladino -- backed by the conservative Tea Party movement -- raised such political hackles he spawned a "Republicans for Cuomo" movement supporting Democrat Andrew Cuomo.

    Similar groups can be found in heated races elsewhere nationwide, often those featuring Tea Party-endorsed candidates, attacked by Democrats and some moderate Republicans as extreme.

    "When I saw his website, I said nobody could be that dumb," said Errigo, an upstate New York Assemblyman, of Paladino, a Buffalo developer and political newcomer.

    "He has alienated every group that I could think of," said Errigo. "He should write a book on how to lose an election."

    [Related: Religious right makes comeback in 2010 election]

    In Delaware, where Christine O'Donnell has Tea Party support, Republicans backing Democrat Chris Coons include a former state judge and former U.S. Congressman. A "Republicans for Coons" Facebook site reads: "Because we just can't support Christine O'Donnell."

    In Arizona, "Republicans for Giffords" are backing Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords over conservative Iraq War veteran Jesse Kelly.

    In Nevada, incumbent Democrat Sen. Harry Reid, who faces Tea Party favorite Sharron Angle, counts among his Republican supporters an array of influential gaming and casino executives.

    "Mainstream Republicans are refusing to support the latest crop of insurgent candidates in the Republican Party because of their extremist beliefs," said Deirdre Murphy, spokeswoman for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in Washington.

    Tea Party-backed Republicans spur party switches - Yahoo! News

    seems the tea party may be the turd in the punch bowl at the republican's party
     
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    I wouldn't say the "Tea Party" en bloc, but the religious right can definately come across as the annoying little brother that you wish would have stayed home.
     
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    If Hannibal Lecter ran for Governor in NY as a Democrat he'd win in a cake walk.

    Non-Living Democrats out number registered Republicans by 3-1
     

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