I have been a Republican since 1966. I have been working extremely hard for the Party, for its candidates and for the ideals of a Republican Party whose tent is big enough to welcome diverse points of view. While I have been comfortable being a Republican, my Party has not defined who I am.
So let me make sure I have this right Arlen. You are not defined by your party. As a result, you find the need to change your party so as not to be defined by it.
If you are not defined by your party, why are you changing your party? Why not run as the independent PA representative you say you are?
Good riddance, grab George Rinovich, Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins on your way out.