Tea Party candidate will run as Democrat in bid to oust GOP chairman

by Melanie Zanona | The Hill  |  published on August 2, 2016


Tea party insurgent Art Halvorson has decided to run as a Democrat this fall in an effort to oust House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.), adding a new twist in the powerful lawmaker’s reelection bid.

The largely unprecedented move was made possible after Halvorson secured enough write-in votes from Democrats during the April primary.

“I’m deeply humbled by the coming together of voters in both parties for the critical, common goal of rescuing America from the corrupt career politicians who’ve betrayed our conservative values and sold us up the river to corporate lobbyists,” Halvorson said in a statement Tuesday.

Halvorson, a real estate investor and retired Coast Guard captain, narrowly lost to Shuster in April, 49.5 to 50.5 percent. It was a difference of 1,009 votes, but he conceded the race.

That’s a much slimmer margin than in the 2014 primary, when Shuster trounced Halvorson, 53 to 34 percent.

  • justinwachin

    If this guy wins I wonder if he plans to support and uphold the Democrat Party’s platform. I can’t see Democrats getting too excited about spending their money to elect a Republican who will support Republican values once elected.

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