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Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Iowa Progress: Dawn Pettengill Defects to House Republican Caucus

Excerpted from this post at Iowa Progress
This is going to make progressives -- particularly the ones I know who knocked doors for her during the last campaign -- pretty unhappy. Pettengill is known for her emotional outbursts, and my sense is that she perceives her district to be more conservative than it actually is. I posted a while back about why I didn't think Pettengill was going to defect. It turns out I was wrong. This kind of transition, from the majority to the minority (particularly when it looks like the Republicans will likely remain in the minority through next campaign cycle) is surprising, but Pettengill planted the seed for a defection months ago.

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