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Florida Republican becomes Democrat citing radical agenda

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Former Florida Rep. Ann Rivas will be fling paperwork on Monday to make her change from Republican to Democrat official.

Rivas said the move was due to the GOP being “radicalized and held hostage by a group of extremists,” Freakout Nation noted.

Hostage-taking has become standard procedure for the Republican Party since the tea party wave swept in a radical freshman class in 2010. Now gerrymandered into place, there is little traditional Republicans can do but leave the party and join the Democrats.

Rivas is not alone in her abandonment of the GOP. Former Gov. Charlie Crist is also a Republican-turned-Democrat and currently a candidate for his old job on the 2014 ballot.

Christ left the party in 2012, but for different reasons than Rivas.

According to ABC News:

Many establishment Republicans have been furious for years that some individuals, backed by somewhat moneyed outside groups, have put safe incumbents — and the party's chances of retaking the Senate — in jeopardy for the sake of ideological purity…

"They're participating in ruining the [Republican] brand," said House Minority Leader Mitch McConnell a Republican from Kentucky who is facing his own challenge.

"What they do is mislead their donors into believing the reason that we can't get as good an outcome as we'd like to get is not because of a Democratic Senate and a Democratic president, but because Republicans are insufficiently committed to the cause — which is utter nonsense," McConnell added.

There seems to be no shortage of old-school Republicans rebelling against the more radical tea party-wing. While all politics may be local, the war within the GOP has reached the national level.

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