Clearly the knives are out for Ben Carson. As he climbs in the polls, hot on the heels of frontrunner Donald Trump – and is de rigueur for political campaigning – there are those who will attempt to find any bit of mud to sling.
Is this latest discovery mud or just ho-hum? After all, Ronald Reagan was famously a Democrat before he jumped to the Republican camp. Louisiana State Senator Elbert Guillory made a public splash when he changed his party affiliation and “outed” himself as a conservative in a superb video.
So should we care that Ben Carson only became a Republican six months before announcing his candidacy?
According to The American Mirror, “Carson “did not affiliate with the Republican Party until he changed his voter registration on October 31, 2014.
Carson filed this “record update/change” on that date to change his party affiliation to “Republican Party of Florida” — less than six months before declaring his candidacy for the Republican nomination for president.”
The office of Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections confirms, “Dr. Carson was previously registered with a minor political party: Independence Party of Florida (IDP).”
Other records show Carson was also registered as an independent in Maryland. According to the Baltimore County Board of Elections, despite registering to vote in that county in 2001, Carson only voted in the general elections of 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2012 — and never in any primaries.”
Carson rocketed to national prominence after his comments at the National Prayer Breakfast in 2013, when he openly criticized Obamacare – in front of Obama. He was lauded as a conservative hero, but did anyone question or care about his party affiliation then?
Dr. Carson was invited to speak at the American Conservative Union’s CPAC event in March of 2014. Did anyone care about his party affiliation then?
In fact, at CPAC earlier this year, he clearly described his political affiliation in an interview with Sean Hannity, and his previous history as a Democrat.
In my humble opinion, it is far more important to judge a candidate on his or her policy statements. You know the old adage: if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it’s a duck.
But of course, in politics you cannot always be certain what is proclaimed is actually the truth. And as we’ve learned with the election and re-election of Barack Obama, voters hear what they want to hear anyway.
[Note: This article was written by (for now) registered Republican Michele Hickford]