Tuesday, October 10, 2006

The Future Of The Republican Party, Part 2

From The Minneapolis Star Tribune: Sium: He's for Bush, the war,smaller government
Obi Sium, an enthusiastic Eritrean immigrant,says he is running, in part, as a way of saying thank you to America.
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He became the top paid civil servant in the country.

He left, he said, because of political pressures at home, threats to his life because he refused to take bribes, and his desire to visit the United States.

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Sium had no political affiliation when he became a U.S. citizen. At first he signed on with the DFL, attending party caucuses in 1988 and 1990.

He soon started noticing that many of his views, such as his anti-abortion position, were at odds with fellow Democrats. His votes on candidates and issues, he found, tilted more Republican than Democrat. So he switched parties.

"I found I had a liking or a kinship with the Republican Party even before I joined it," Sium said. "We had the same values, so why shouldn't I join the Republican Party?"
Obi Sium For Congress