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Monday, October 20, 2008

Local (Massachusetts) Republican caucus chairman endorses Obama

Source: Politicker MA

The chairman of the Republican Liberty Caucus of Massachusetts endorsed Barack Obama late Sunday night, joining other Republicans who have recently moved away from their party's own standard bearer, John McCain.

U.S. Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.)U.S. Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.)Jason Burkins, who is also a member of the Somerville Ward 5 Republican Committee, said in an email that he no longer sees eye-to-eye with the principles of the national GOP.

"Though I have always disagreed with the party on various issues, I have always been able to find more common ground with my fellow GOP brethren than with the Democrat Party," he said. "Since the election of George W. Bush as president, over the past eight years, that common ground has slipped and dwindled."
Burkins repeatedly praises McCain and says he wishes the GOP had nominated him in 2000 over George W. Bush. However, Burkins also criticizes McCain for how he has conducted his current campaign.
Burkins also lambasted McCain for selecting Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate, which he called a political ploy.


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