Carney declines GOP invite to switch parties

First Posted: 12/24/2009

The invitation was made from one Navy man to another. From one chamber of Congress to another. From a Republican to a Democrat. The end result of Sen. John McCain’s call asking U.S. Rep. to switch parties from Democratic to Republican was a polite decline.

“I am flattered by the overtures of Sen. McCain and other Republican Party officials and consider their outreach a sure sign that I have worked in a truly bipartisan manner,” Carney, of Dimock Township, said in a statement.

McCain’s call to Carney on Wednesday came one day after U.S. Rep. Parker Griffith, a freshman Democrat from Alabama, announced that he’s switching parties to become a Republican.

Carney, who has represented Pennsylvania’s sprawling 10th Congressional District the past three years, has repeatedly called himself a “Blue Dog Democrat.” He represents a district that has a 5-to-4 registration advantage for Republicans, but he had no problem defeating Republican businessman Chris Hackett last year by 36,000 votes. Voters in the district supported McCain’s presidential bid by 9 points over in the same election.

Those results might have led to the party’s thinking, said Keystone College political science professor Jeff Brauer.

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