Some will see the voter-registration switch from Republican to Democrat by former state Sen. Jean Schodorf as confirmation that she was a Republican in name only, and inevitable after her August primary defeat and subsequent announcement that she would leave the party. But the explanation offered Sunday by the former Senate Education Committee chairwoman and 2010 congressional hopeful resonates with many Kansas Republicans concerned about the state party’s hard-right turn. “Has the Republican Party left you?” Schodorf asked on Facebook. “Well, I think it’s time to leave the party. As a lifelong Republican I feel as though the Republican Party, nationally and at the state level, no longer represents me.” By midday Monday, Schodorf’s announcement had garnered nearly 600 “likes” and 215 comments.
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