"You find yourself, over time, on many issues, being more aligned with Democrats," said Edina, Minn., Mayor James Hovland to the website MinnesotaMonitor.com. "And you start thinking, 'This is where I belong." ""What I've been doing as long as I've been in the legislature is trying to articulate that moderate Republican ... viewpoint," [Fred Jarrett] told the Seattle Times in late 2007. "What I found is I may have a lot of ego, but I don't think I have enough ego to think anymore that I can do it."Jarrett said that the final nudge for his switch was Republicans' hard line against abortion. "My district is 70 percent prochoice," he said. "How could I represent my district and tone down a record that I've had that has always been pro-choice?"
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