Democrats lose another representative by putting their full weight against him in his efforts to simply study potential less expensive health care benefits for school kids. Not only that, but they went 100% against him in the last election because he wouldn't fall into line and Michael Diven has now had enough and switched to the Republican party.
State Rep. Michael Diven, of Brookline, has been a member of the Democratic Party for all of his voting life.
But that's going to change. During a spaghetti dinner at Resurrection Church in Brookline last night, Diven told about 200 constituents and supporters that because of his growing dissatisfaction with the state House Democratic leadership, he's changing his party registration to Republican.
"I decided to change to the Republican Party because I will be better positioned to serve my constituents," Diven said in a phone interview.
"The Democratic Party spent thousands of dollars against me," Diven said. "They squandered resources in a primary fight against me, a Democratic incumbent, instead of saving that money for the general election battles."
Diven said that the Democrat leadership yesterday cut the phone lines to his Brookline office and fired his staff who work there.
He said he had been unable to get Democratic leaders interested in issues he wants to pursue, including making health care benefits less expensive for school districts.
When he tried to get legislation approved merely to study the health-care idea, Democratic House leaders "moved to table the bill," he said. "I have not had much success in getting them to push my issues."
Tipped by: SlantPoint (via Alarming News)
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