Crossing Over at the Capitol

1 decade 10 months 3 weeks ago Wednesday, August 01 2007 Aug 1, 2007 Wednesday, August 01, 2007 1:19:39 PM CDT August 01, 2007 in News

Republican Sen. Chris Koster of Harrisonville resigned as chairman of the Missouri Republican Caucus on Tuesday.

Wednesday morning, Koster revealed he was leaving the Republican Party behind altogether.

Koster announced his decision to become a Democrat, stating that there is no longer room for moderates like himself in the Republican Party.

He cited issues like stem cell research and raising the minimum wage as areas where he differed from Republicans.

Koster said he feels it's better for him to change his party affiliation to match his beliefs.

At least one member of the Democratic Party says it might not be so easy for Koster to cast aside his "previous affiliation."

"When you have a guy who led the fight for Gov. Blunt's health care cuts, the guy who led the fight to take away local control for family farmers, who led the fight to require disabled persons to have photo IDs . . . " Missouri state representative Jeff Harris said. "That's a guy who is a Matt Blunt Republican through and through."

Harris also said Koster's change should be viewed with "a lot of skepticism."

Many speculate that with the change, Koster will try to become the Democratic candidate for attorney general.

Koster didn't announce his campaign intentions, today, stating that today was about his "break with the far right and the Republican ranks."

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