Carr explains bolt to GOP
by Jake Lowary -- and Eric Snyder --
Oct 12, 2005 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
State Representative James Carr said he could no longer sign a Democratic oath requiring him to vote in accordance with party policy and principle, leading to his recent announcement that he was joining the G.O.P.

“With the convictions that I had, and knowing I couldn’t sign that oath, I just felt like principle trumped political gain or political maneuvering,” Carr said in an exclusive interview with The Cadiz Record Monday.

Principle to his decision, Carr said, is the Democratic Party’s stance on issues such as gay marriage and abortion – issues that most democrats support, but Carr could not, citing his Christian faith.

Carr, 53, said he had issues with the oath that is signed by registered party members saying they will vote in accordance with party principle and policy. The form was recently edited removing a section that allowed a candidate to voice views contrary to that of the party. Also removed was language stating that the signee was beholden to vote only with the candidates and issues of their party.

For Carr, that posed some problems as he bills himself as a “conservative Christian,” that does not support such views on issues like abortion and gay marriage.

Denying accusations of political maneuvering, Carr did cite recent elections in which Republicans won the eighth district by large margins and also said the move would allow him to “better represent” his constituents.

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