Commissioner LaBonte joins GOP

AUBURN — Androscoggin County Commissioner Jonathan LaBonte announced Friday night that he enrolled in the Republican Party earlier in the day.

"After assessing the positions of both parties in 2008, before I pulled papers to run for county commissioner, I chose to run without party affiliation," the 29-year-old Auburn resident wrote in an e-mail to the Sun Journal late Friday night. "As time has progressed, however, I have concluded that the larger challenges facing Maine and our nation require engagement in the two-party system.

"While I am not in agreement with some policy positions and political approaches of the Republican Party, I find myself more closely aligned with their principles of individual responsibility and fiscal conservatism," he said.

After going to Auburn Hall around noon to register as a Republican, LaBonte traveled to the convention center at the Portland Expo and attended some of the Maine Republican State Convention events.

From there, he went to the Androscoggin County Caucus at King Elementary School on Brighton Avenue. During the portion of the caucus that calls for the election of Republican State Committee members, LaBonte's name was placed into nomination and he was elected unanimously.

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political parties

While I believe that the party system is not what it used to be, I am surprised at how many people bounce back and forth between the parties.  Unfortunately, it appears that many people do it for opportunistic  reasons.

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An odd decision by Mr.

An odd decision by Mr. Labonte, who has been paid via government payrolls in his recent roles with the Maine State Turnpike and the Androscoggin Land Trust.

Funny what people will do to get ahead.  Is he trying to get a job with Maine Heritage Policy Center?

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!0 years majority/8 years of Bush and look at what we got

That's why you voted for Bush twice.

Thanks a lot.

And now you want us to believe you have it right. 

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Is thorazine the meds you

Is thorazine the meds you take that fowls up you thought process Tron? If so speak to your Dr. he can help.

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Shell game

Lets hope he has more integrity then he has shown so far.

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Things are looking up

Things are looking up in places.  Very smart decision.  If all of the Democrats were able to find out who their fathers were, they could join our party also.  Sorry Tron!

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We know who are fathers are....

But obviously he discovered his wasn't married.

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