April 9, 2004
By Bill Kraus
In a recent speech in Madison, former Governor Lee Dreyfus talked about his Republican Party being hijacked. A couple of weeks ago, when he announced his retirement from the Legislature, DuWayne Johnsrud elaborated on the phenomenon.
He said part of the reason he is retiring is the pandering to right-wing zealots that he says the Republican Party too often does in the state Legislature. "I just think we can win and keep the majority by being moderate and more of a centrist party than caterwaulin' with some of these right-wing zealots that are in the Capitol," Johnsrud said.
Johnsrud says he is a "relic" in the Republican Party because he is a progressive. And he says a prime example of the extreme right controlling the Republican agenda is on the constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. "I don't think that issue rises to the level of changing our state Constitution or our national Constitution," Johnsrud added
"I get a kick out of listening to Republicans pontificating about how they believe in personal freedoms and then turn around and kick the crap out of a minority called gays."
Johnsrud says he does not suffer fools gladly and tired of the grind with all the "bovine crapola" around the Capitol. “I'm a relic as a Republican.”
The question that Lee and DuWayne are raising without asking it directly is: “Where does a moderate go to register?”
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