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.”