January 30, 2005


Brookline Democrat Diven switches to GOP (Tom Barnes, January 30, 2005, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

State Rep. Michael Diven, of Brookline, has been a member of the Democratic Party for all of his voting life.

But that's going to change. During a spaghetti dinner at Resurrection Church in Brookline last night, Diven told about 200 constituents and supporters that because of his growing dissatisfaction with the state House Democratic leadership, he's changing his party registration to Republican.

That's not all he's up to. He hasn't made a public announcement, but he's all but certain to disclose plans soon to run as a Republican candidate for the 42nd District state Senate seat. It's the seat just vacated by Jack Wagner, of Beechview, who is now the state auditor general.

"I decided to change to the Republican Party because I will be better positioned to serve my constituents," Diven said in a phone interview.

Republicans control both the state House and Senate. With Diven's switch, there will be 110 Republicans in the House and 92 Democrats, with one vacant seat from Eastern Pennsylvania to be filled next month.

Jeb will carry PA rather easily in '08.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 30, 2005 6:09 PM

At first, I thought this happened in Brookline, Mass. Sheer suicide, I thought - but in western Pennsylvania?
I guess he has a chance.

Posted by: Oswald Booth Czolgosz at January 30, 2005 8:56 PM

Pennsylvania is the strongest pro-gun state in the nation but, unfortunately. has strong union and geezer votes. Happily, both of these problems are being solved by economic and generational PROGRESS.

Posted by: Lou Gots at January 31, 2005 10:32 AM

Absent Philadelphia County, PA would be a GOP stronghold. It has the largest small-town population in the USA.

Posted by: jim hamlen at January 31, 2005 11:11 AM