Chris Pareja, the conservative independent candidate who finished third (and so was eliminated from the race) in this month’s 15th Congressional District primary, announced today on Facebook that he re-registered as a Republican at this past Tuesday night’s Alameda County GOP meeting.
It begs the question, I think, of whether our new top-two primary system encourages candidates to obfuscate their true political leanings by claiming to have no party preference – a means of fooling less-informed citizens into giving them their votes.
However, Pareja – a businessman from Hayward – always has been very candid about his views, even if he wasn’t an avowed member of the GOP.
Pareja announced last week he couldn’t endorse the more moderate Swalwell over Stark, saying Swalwell “lacks the life experience and character to effectively represent this district” and “is actually more dangerous to the future of the country.”
(Sorry the blotter has been so slow lately; I’ll be back to work on Monday, and the posting pace will pick up again.)