Candidate for the Connecticut General Assembly and longtime Democrat, Louis A Bevilacqua, has announced that he has filed the appropriate paperwork and has registered as a member of the Republican Party.
Mr Bevilacqua, very active in state and national Democratic circles, and the founder of the State Young Democrats in 2002, serving as its national committeeman, said the decision is based on his belief that the party is going in the wrong direction, that party leadership has led the organization down a dead end street with no plans for the future, and he still hopes to work with many of his friends in the Democrat party, with whom he shares mutual admiration.
"Being a Republican does not mean advancing an agenda of the party of 10 years ago or of 50 years in the past." said Mr Bevilacqua "It means being a Republican for today, able to achieve party goals, conserving that which is good about our society, our politics and advancing individual freedom. No one faction should claim credit for our glorious achievements."
As a candidate for the 123rd House district, Mr Bevilacqua has advocated a return to common sense representative democracy and constitutionalism. He has received wide praise from the public for the effort and expects to be successful in his campaign for the State House. This decision does not impact his candidacy as he will be listed on the independent line in November's ballot. His reason for his party registration is both personal and principled.
"The Democrat party, of which I have always been a member (as has my family going back to the Civil War) has ceased to function. It has lost its vitality, its authenticity; in short it has become a slave of contemporary fashion and intrigue." added Mr. Bevilacqua. "Because it has lost its flexibility and organic native based politics, it will cease as an effective tool with which we can meet the challenges of the future."
"Are we to be confined by our membership in trade unions, or our race, as god made us? It appears we are becoming a party where sexual orientation is more important than achievement. Were I gay, my opportunities in the Democrat party would have been limitless."