Mooney Spent MDGOP Resources on Candidate Who Left Party After Winning Election
“Today I filed with the County Board of Elections to change my voter affiliation to one who is unaffiliated with any political party.
“I have done so only after long and careful consideration, and because I believe that the best interests of all Cecil County citizens should outweigh my own personal preferences in this matter.”
Moore stated she would explain her party switch after she is sworn in on Monday.
The new county charter requires the county council to appoint a replacement by majority vote, and if the member vacating the office is a member of a political party, then the council must select from a list of three candidates provided by that party’s central committee. Moore’s switch cuts out the Cecil County Republican Central Committee out the process. Also, as explained by the Cecil Times factional politics in the council would most likely result in a deadlocked vote on Moore’s replacement. Then, according, the the charter, if the council does not appoint a replacement within thirty days, Moore as county executive would get to name her replacement. Given her switch to unaffiliated, there is no guarantee Moore would select a Republican to replace her.
Andy Harris, Nancy Jacobs, and several conservative and Republican organizations all endorsed Moore during the primary.
Looks like Mooney found a way to snatch defeat from one of the rare victories Republicans could claim this election cycle.