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Alameda County supervisor Haggerty leaves GOP

By Lisa Vorderbrueggen
Thursday, September 10th, 2009 at 2:16 pm in Alameda County.

Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty

Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty

Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty of Dublin has switched his party registration from Republican to Democrat. He handed in his new registration card at the annual Alameda County Labor Council BBQ over Labor Day weekend.

To those who know Haggerty, this is not a major ideological shift. He is a well-known moderate.

The move also puts him in a far better political position to run for higher office one day. No Republican holds a partisan elected seat anywhere in the Bay Area and Haggerty has expressed interest in the past in running for the state Assembly.

Haggerty is one of several local elected officials who made the switcheroo along with the highly publicized political conversions of former Republicans U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania and one-time Peninsula Congressman Pete McCloskey of Rumsey.

State Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, left the Republican Party in 2000 and Contra Costa Community College District Trustee Tomi Van de Brooke of Orinda made the swap in 2008.

DeSaulnier and Van de Brooke both have said that they didn’t leave the Republican Party, the Republican Party left them.

I have been trading phone calls with Haggerty the last 24 hours, so I don’t know yet his reasons. I’ll update this blog as soon as I hear from him.

UPDATE 4:33 p.m. This just in from the California Democratic Party Chairman John Burton:

California Democratic Party Chairman John Burton today welcomed Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty of Dublin, who switched his party registration from Republican to Democrat at the annual Alameda County Labor Council BBQ.

“I extend a personal welcome to Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty to the Democratic Party.  Scott has served Alameda County for nearly 15 years and has been active in several worthwhile community organizations in the bay area.

“The Democratic Party is proud of its longstanding commitment to serving those in need.  Scott Haggerty brings with him a wealth of experience and dedication to serving the public and we look forward to working with him.”

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  • http://www.IAACM.org Ralph Hoffmann, Guest Columnist

    I may leave the Democrat Party for the Republican Party. This represents no ideological change for me, but is simply out of sympathy. At the rate things are going, I may be the last Republican left in the East Bay.

  • Elwood

    Well, now, isn’t that nice?

    Now Alameda County has its own Marky Mark. Wonder what he’ll run for?

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  • http://www.alamedagop.org Walter, Livermore

    No worries Ralph… you’re not the only Republican left here in the East Bay. Join us in Alameda County at a monthly meeting sometime and you might just meet a few like-minded friends that share some of your same concerns.

    Haggerty leaving the GOP is part of the cleansing process in the Republican Party as it returns to its conservative roots.

    Haggerty is no conservative and his positions align more with the left as opposed to the right. To call him a “moderate” is somewhat of a stretch.

    Forget the run for State Assembly Scott, even as a Democrat!

  • David, Hayward

    This is the best news I’ve heard all week! Haggerty will fit in well with the Dems. Of course, we all remember his cute little phone call down to the Fremont Library when he gave the order to ban the Alameda County Republican Party from public meeting rooms. And then, of course, my personal favorite: his vote in favor of the fascist wood fire ban. Bye Sean, Don’t let the door hit your ass on the way out!

  • David, Hayward

    Correction: Bye Scott

  • Freak of the Far Right

    The circle is getting smaller Walter. Our goal of being a truly pure conservative party is coming true.

  • Arne Simonsen

    This shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone. I sat on the ABAG L&GO Committee with Scott, so I know where his political philosophy lies.

    As Elwood put it, Alameda County now has its own Mark DeSaulnier; and it would appear it was done for the same reasons – to seek higher partisan office.

    While I certainly do not agree with much of the Republican state and national platforms, I will be a Republican until I die and continue to work with the Republican Party to bring it back to its roots.

  • John W

    Walter, Livermore — “…leaving the GOP is part of the cleansing process..?” Interesting choice of words. Which conservative roots are you speaking of: Abraham Lincoln? Teddy Roosevelt? IKE? The Southern Republican judges who fought for civil rights when the Democratic party was dominated by Dixiecrats, who became Republicans as part of Nixon’s Southern Strategy? Or Nixon, who established the EPA and wanted health care reform? Yes, there’s Reagan, but he came to power in 1980. Not sure that qualifies as “roots” in a historical context. Go ahead. Be pure. Voters might even be gullible enough to return you to power in the not too distant future. Give me moderates — more Tom Campbells and fewer Tom Tancredos. Same thing for Democrats.

  • Tomi VdB

    Lisa,
    Time flies when we are having fun!
    I reregistered in October 2006, nearly three years ago.
    Tomi

  • Tom Benigno

    Well well, it’s good to see that Scott Haggerty has finally come clean in who he really is. He will say he turned to the democratic party because he was working in Oakland too long.
    I have my opinion on the matter. I believe that he has been a democrat the whole time. After going to some 100 meetings with him, and watching what issues he supported, that confirms my suspicion. He and Mark De Saulnier acted like they were connected at the hip.
    All and all, Scott has done well for a TWINKIE salesman.

    As for Lisa V, are you Scott’s campaign manager? It’s nice to see some reporters are looking for other jobs. One thing for sure ABAG,L&GO,and the IRP will be better off. Lot’s a luck Sacramento with this guy.

  • Tom Benigno

    By the way Lisa V, I’m still a Republican and I’m hoping to clean house and rebuild our party to what it once was. No RHINO’s or money grabbers.
    It ‘s good to see Scott leave, I just may run against him just for spite. Remember it’s not if you win but how you play the game.
    I would have run for 10th congressional dist, but I could not sell my home, and I still can’t. Doe’s the FPPC or the FEC take food stamps for a filing fee?

  • Tom Benigno

    Let’s hope more of the voters read this story.

  • Tom Benigno

    I will be glad to see Scott at the registrar’s office so I can debate him on his job performance over the last eight years.
    He has made remarks in the past about me running for congress, so I will now ask him why does he want to run for the assembly especially the 10th district. Especially when he knows it is a Republican district. Scott should ask Guy Houston about the district. Scott see you at the polls.

  • Chinmoy Roy

    It is time for the Republican party to fulfill their obligations as a good opposition party. Shun Limbaugh, Coulter, Hannity, Beck etc. and return to the days of stawlwarts like Sen. John Tower, Sen. Barry Goldwater etc. It is unfortunate that the Republican Senators have abandoned individual thinking and instead opted to follow the “herd mentality” with regards to health care. There are the “bLue Dog” Democrats. Do we have something like that with the Republicans today? I don’t see that. The only “blue Dog Republicans” I see are people like Sen. Specter and Supervisor Haggerty.

    Sup. you made a bold choice. Congratulations.

  • Alan Putzman

    Anyone hear of Haggerty being suspended for life from Pleasanton Junior Football League?

    I heard he got caught giving his teams plays to the other teams coaches to see if he could get his own son’s team to lose.

    Got caught and thrown out, for life.

    Yep, he’s a democrat.

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