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Why Pete McCloskey registered as a Democrat

Original post made by Post It, another community, on Apr 24, 2007

Former Congressman and lifelong Republican Pete McCloskey of Portola Valley and Rumsey, California, announced last week that he has registered as a Democrat. Here is his statement:

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Posted by Menlo Park resident
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Apr 24, 2007 at 12:58 pm


Graceful, elegant and articulate explication of one's personal philosophy and the grievous ills afflicting this country today, thy name is Pete McCloskey.

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Posted by Marissa
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Apr 24, 2007 at 4:34 pm

I had heard that the former congressman had changed parties, and my knee-jerk reaction was: So what took you so long, Pete? But after reading Mr. McCloskey's statement, I've banished the snarl from my lips. His words have given me a much stronger understanding of just how deeply rooted ties to a political party can be when generation after generation of a family proudly embrace it -- and of how painful it might be to break those ties after a lifetime of loyalty. Painful and brave. So welcome, Pete -- and thanks.

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Posted by Edward C. Plutte
a resident of another community
on Apr 26, 2007 at 11:27 am

Dear Sir; Recently, while visiting Skylawn Memorial Park, there was a sign honoring "Pete" Mc Closkey Earth Day. This brought back memories to 1953. When I joined the 7th Battalion, United States Marine Corps Reserve, San Bruno you were my company commander. Over the years I would read about your progress in politics. Your observations and comments always impressed me and I considered of great value.

Now you have made a decision to change political affiliation. It must have been difficult? but when one is seeking the truth, things sometimes have to change.

May I wish continued success in your search.

Respectfully and Sincerely
Edward C. Plutte