Linda Parks is a Ventura County Supervisor running for Congress in in California’s 26th district as an “independent.” But Linda was a Republican for 16 years before switching to become an “independent” just in time to run for office. Sixteen years as a Republican. Really?
Linda Parks claims to hate all things partisan. But that’s funny.
You see, Linda became a Republican during Newt Gingrich’s hyperpartisan assault on democracy and good government.
She stayed a Republican during the politically motivated partisan impeachment of Bill Clinton.
She remained a Republican for the election of George W. Bush, an election decided by the nakedly partisan decision of the Supreme Court’s conservative bloc. She was still a Republican throughout the Bush Administration–arguably the most partisan Republican conservative administration in history.
She remained a loyal partisan Republican during the invasion of Iraq.
When Republicans swift-boated war hero John Kerry and wore purple-heart band-aids to mock Kerry’s military service during their convention, she still stayed a Republican. She didn’t change her registration when being a Republican meant endorsing Dick Cheney and Karl Rove.
And when the Republican economics of reckless Wall Street deregulation crashed the economy even as the Republican Party threatened to put Sarah Palin, of all hyperpartisans, one heartbeat away from the Presidency, there was Linda Parks. An unwavering Republican.
But now that she’s switched to “independent” in order to run for Congress, she claims to hate partisanship and declares independence from party loyalty. Not so fast.
As Ventura County Star journalist Timm Herdt says:
What was Parks’ personal journey that led to switch from being a Democrat to become a Republican in 1996, just before running for the Thousand Oaks City Council, and then to become an independent in 2012, just before becoming a candidate for Congress?
Were those decisions strategically calculated for political advantage?
If she feels so strongly that partisanship has fouled the political process, why didn’t she shed her party allegiance years ago?
At Linda Parks, Republican we expose Linda Parks’ Republican loyalties, and why she cannot be trusted to represent Ventura County.