GOP congressional hopefuls explain their non-Republican pastsby George Bennett | January 26th, 2010
Primaries — especially those for low-turnout special elections — are dominated by a party’s most partisan voters. So all three of the Republican candidates in next week’s special congressional District 19 primary have fielded questions about their past histories outside the GOP.Ed Lynch registered as a Democrat when he moved to Palm Beach County in 2000. Lynch said he didn’t intend to register with the Democratic Party and isn’t sure how he did. He said he didn’t catch the mistake until 2004, when he switched his registration to Republican.
After taking some heat during the primary for his Democratic past, Lynch’s campaign Web site this week posted a copy of a New Jersey record showing he was registered as a Republican in the Garden State from 1992 to 2000.
Curt Price registered in Palm Beach County as an independent in 1987, elections records show. Records from then through the 1990s are spotty. Price said he was a Republican who voted twice for George W. Bush, but changed his registration to no-party during the Bush presidency out of frustration with the failure of Bush and the GOP to control spending.
“I’ve always been a conservative,” said Price, who switched his registration from no party affiliation to Republican last July.Joe Budd registered in Palm Beach County as a Republican in 1994. On August 13, he changed his registration from Republican to no-party and planned to run for Congress against Democratic Rep. Robert Wexler as a third-party candidate. He changed his mind, however, and switched back to the GOP on Aug. 26.
“I’ve been a Republican all my life except for two weeks,” Budd said.