Rep. Lindsay Holmes Switches Parties
Who’s that in the portrait you ask? Well, let me get my glasses. It’s either Benedict Arnold or State Rep. Lindsey Holmes – it’s kind of hard to tell.
Lindsey Holmes, you see, was just elected in November in a strong Democratic district (one of the few in Alaska). She was elected as a Democrat, by mostly Democrats, to BE a Democrat. But she decided that after she’d begged for money from Democrats, denied another actual Democrat (whose color doesn’t run) a chance at the seat, and got ELECTED as a Democrat… that she’d just rather be a Republican.
Yes, in an era when the Republican Party has done nothing but get more extreme, she just had to change teams. Did I mention she’s a woman?
Today, after having fled her constituents and arrived safely in Juneau, her new employer, the House Majority Republicans sent out a press release.
“I am making this change to work for the best of Alaska and my constituents on the many important issues facing the state. I believe that the best way forward for Alaska’s future is as a member of the House Majority.”
Oh, really? My secret “this is bullshit” decoder ring reveals that “Alaska’s future” really means “my own political interests.”
Her constituents had the chance to vote for a representative who would have been in the majority. His name was Anand Dubey, and he had the integrity to call himself what he was – a Republican. He was articulate, intelligent, and ran a pretty good race. He only got 45% of the vote. She got 55%. According to Holmes, the voters would have been better off voting for Dubey, the guy in the majority party, but since they’re obviously too obtuse to understand what’s in their own best interest, she had to switch parties for them. Isn’t she super?
“I’ve enjoyed a close working relationship with the Majority for many years and have found that we share a common vision for Alaska. I look forward to working closely together to ensure Alaska’s future.”
A close working relationship? Ahhhh. That explains at least two things.
Perhaps the “close working relationship” would explain the sighting this year of a quite inebriated Representative Holmes, hanging upon the shoulder of Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan at an event at a watering hole in Juneau. We thought it was too icky to report it at the time, but since Ms. Holmes has come out loud and proud with her “Ick is Good” agenda, we’ll simply follow along.
It also explains why former Governor Bill Sheffield, who (when he’s not screwing up the port project) hosts fundraisers at his palatial estate overlooking Cook Inlet… for Republicans decided to put on a big shindig for Holmes to fill her coffers before November. Clearly, the Trojan candidate was planning her little switcheroo back then.
So, why didn’t she just run as a Republican if she thought it was so terribly important for her district to be in the majority? (HINT: Because she would have lost.)
And in case you were wondering about the exact price of Rep. Holmes’ (D->R) soul, that would be exactly the sum of one seat on the powerful House Finance Committee. Good to know.
Ms. Holmes is banking on one thing here – that her constituents will be as impressed as she is by her seat on the finance committee. She thinks they’ll forgive and forget. She thinks they won’t feel swindled by their donations in good faith to a Democrat, that ended up putting a Republican in office. Or answering her pleas to come wave blue signs for her, or calling their Democratic friends to get out the vote – only so the Republicans could increase their majority by one.
I wouldn’t take that bet. We won. And then the candidate decided to lose for us without asking. A donkey never forgets.
If she’s looking for a new campaign slogan in two years, may I humbly suggest:
Integrity: It’s so yesterday
Lindsey Holmes 2014
Before we at the Mudflats sign off in disgust, here’s a little memento for your scrapbook. Apparently the Democrats didn’t get a heads up about the defection, because her page still calls her a Democrat. And look, there’s her email and phone number, conveniently located under the photo of her in a blue shirt.