Well, that’s going to leave a mark:
Jo Ann Nardelli, a state committeewoman and founding president of the Blair County Federation of Democratic Women, has switched her political affiliation to the GOP, citing her Catholic faith and President Obama’s embrace of gay marriage as reasons.
Nardelli, 59, a former borough council member in Newry, outside Altoona, registered as a Democrat after high school and rose to the party’s executive board. She was vice president of the women’s caucus and first vice president of the Pennsylvania Federation of Democratic Women when she quit last week.
“This was not an easy decision,” Nardelli said. “I prayed over it.”
Patty Flanagan, a Democratic State Committee member from Altoona, said the Republican Party “has hit the lottery (by gaining) Jo Ann Nardelli. She is an incredibly hard worker, passionate and loves people. Sometimes, I swear she doesn’t sleep.”
This news, of course, does not put Pennsylvania in play for the GOP. It does, however, suggest that the Democrats should start taking more seriously what might happen – as somebody once put it – when one rushes over old friends in order to make new ones. Because this won’t help Pennsylvanian Democrats, and they’re already being expected to reproduce 2008’s results, only without the same resource base this time.
My Sad Face is really getting a workout today, huh?