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Vernon says her jump from Republican to Democrat has nothing to do with a possible mayoral run against Republican Corbett

In Monica Vernon, Ron Corbett on May 5, 2009 at 3:38 pm

Council member and mayoral prospect Monica Vernon says her jump from the Republican to Democratic Party on Tuesday has nothing to do with her plans to run or not run for mayor.

She declined to say if she was in or out of the mayoral race.

A Republican since she first registered to vote as a teenager, Vernon, 51, says she has been thinking for “a long time” about changing political parties, “and I just changed.”

At the same time, she says that the Republican Party is different than it once was and so, she says, is she.
“And as a woman, as a person who believes that we must absolutely take action and make progress here (in Cedar Rapids), being a Democrat makes more sense to me,” she says.

She adds, “I want to be true to what I am. … I want to be somewhere that’s closest to where I am. … It’s really a tough one. But I’ve got to be true to myself.”

Vernon, a business owner in her second year of a four-year council term, says she is someone who understands both Republican and Democratic parties well and is someone who has friends in both places.

City Hall elective office is non-partisan; candidates don’t run by political party. But political parties, nonetheless, play a role behind the scenes.

When Vernon was elected in 2007 to the District 2 council seat, she received the backing of both labor and business, which she says is proof that she is a person who has a history of crossing party lines.

The only declared mayoral candidate to date is Ron Corbett, vice president of trucking firm CRST Inc. and a former Republican speaker of the Iowa House of Representatives.

  1. I don’t think it’s a major suprise. Ms Vernon has a very close relationship with the Haweye Labor Council. Remember the Council endorsed her for her Council seat. It was suprising to note than Alan Bernard was the Executive Director of the Haweye Labo Council at the time. Ms Vernon spent over $3700 for campaign items from Mr Bernard’s company, Some people felt Ms Vernon purchased the Labor Council endorsement. Since then Mr Bernard has been removed as Executive Director

  2. Come on Monica,why else would you switch over.I remember back when Clancy switched parties.Remember what her reasoning was.

  3. She’s just a typical politician…. How do you know when politicians are lying? There lips are moving. Politician’s have to be laughing their asses off at the voting public,from the Federal level down to the local level.

  4. Sometimes it is for the best > Only wish that McCain had switched right after the Keating affair.He has been spiteful ever since his censure as one of the Keating five and has caused the Republicans a lot of embarrassment with his media pleasing “straight talk”. Which went over big with the media until he started to run for president as a Republican.

  5. Craig YOU ARE RIGHT!!! And that makes me want to VOMIT!!!

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