In a recent story, the Courier-Journal claimed that I’m a Republican. I found that amusing because I think of myself as an independent. I told my friend Terry Meiners that I am not registered with either party and never have been in my life. Up until yesterday I would have sworn on a Bible that that was true. It turns out I was wrong.
It seems that eight or 10 years ago I registered as a Republican so I would have the ability to vote in primaries. And then I forgot about it. Admittedly good reporting by the Courier-Journal turned up that forgotten fact, and I acknowledge my error.
But my party affiliation is not important and it never has been. I have agreed with and supported both Republicans and Democrats. I have ripped people from both parties when I felt they were acting in their own self-interest and not in the interest of we, the people.
I told the Courier that I am conservative, therefore I may align more often with Republican ideology, but I spread my support around pretty evenly. It’s kind of a badge of honor to be called a Republican by the Courier-Journal, but with my voting record I’m not sure the Republicans would claim me.
It doesn’t matter. I will continue to vote for and support those people who I think are most qualified regardless of party.