Jason Thigpen has the article Hate has no home in Representation – Congressional candidate for NC3 parts company with the GOP to run on the Democratic ticket By Christopher Dean on his campaign web site.
“Enough is enough,” says Jason R. Thigpen – formerly a Republican candidate seeking election to the U.S. House in North Carolina’s 3rd Congressional District. “After discussing it with my wife and family, I’ve decided to run as a Democrat rather than a Republican. I simply cannot stand with a Party where its most extreme element promote hate and division amongst people. Nothing about my platform has, nor will it change. The government shutdown was simply the straw that broke the camels back. I guess being an American just isn’t good enough anymore and I refuse to be part of an extremist movement in the GOP that only appears to thrive on fear and hate mongering of anyone and everyone who doesn’t walk their line.
There seems to be little choice for a moderate who is in the Republican Party, but to switch to a Party that has room for all.