Michael: An Imposter Sheds Her DisguiseFormerly Democratic State Representative Cheryl Chase has stopped being a crypo-Republican and has officially joined the Republican Party. She says that she is more in tune with the GOP on reproductive issues and natural resource usage. No shit.
Frankly, we're better off without her - as her voting record demonstrates amply. She was rated by AZ Right to Life at %100 and by Planned Parenthood in 2003 at %0. The Cattlemen's Association gave her an A+ for facilitating the destruction of our public lands, while the Contractors Association gave her %100 for helping to pave over what was left. The Christo-fascists at The Center for Arizona Policy awarded Chase a rating of %100 for licking the boots of the Christian Right so nice and shiny.
It's not that there aren't a few bright spots in her voting record, there are, but it is so polluted with inky darkness that we shouldn't have tolerated her for this long. It was not as if she was ever a Democrat in any way but the (D) after her name, so her loss to the GOP just makes official what had been apparent from the begining - that Chase evidently had no idea what party she belonged in to begin with.
Lucky for us, District 23 enjoys a considerable Democratic registration advantage. We Democrats had better swat Chase's deeply red ass out of that Democratic seat next election. We need to demonstate the ability, and the will, to discipline imposters like her at the ballot box. After the re-election of Janet and Pederson, the humiliating defeat of Cheryl Chase should be Arizona Democrats' top priority in 2006.