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Thursday, August 7, 2008

Tax Law Professor Expelled From Republican Party Post for Supporting Obama

TingTax Professor Jan Ting (Temple), the Delaware Republican Party's candidate for U.S. Senate in 2006, has been expelled from the Delaware Republican Party Committee for quietly supporting Barack Obama for President. Delaware GOP's Ting Pays Price for Supporting Obama (Delaware News Journal), by Sean O'Sullivan:

The Delaware Republican Party's standard-bearer in the 2006 race for U.S. Senate has been expelled from his position in the state GOP. His crime? Quietly supporting Democrat Barack Obama for president.

"Evidently someone went online and saw that I had been making contributions to Obama," Jan Ting said Friday.

Ting also was captured in a photograph at an Obama rally in Wilmington in February that drew record crowds to Rodney Square. At the time, Ting declined to comment about why he was there.

But apparently that appearance, and about $250 in donations to the Illinois senator, who is now the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, was enough for the state party to brand Ting a traitor, according to the former Republican candidate.

(Hat Tip: Dave Hoffman.)

Update:  The Tax Girl has Prof. Ting's side of the story here

https://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2008/08/tax-law-profess.html

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Comments

Why not make the offices of President, Vice President, Member of Congress and Senate all non-partisan positions? We could go back to the original intent of the Constitution in that the winner of the Presidential election is President and the runner-up is the Vice President. Perhaps maybe then most of the issues that perpetually face our country would be solved.

Posted by: Isma'il | Aug 8, 2008 3:48:29 PM

And this is a shock why? When you're in party leadership, as this guy apparently was, you sign an oath agreeing that you will not actively campaign for another party's candidate. Donating money is considered active campaigning.

I was a county committee person myself, but unlike this guy, I followed the rules and resigned from my leadership role in the Republican Party before donating money to Obama.

Posted by: ryn | Aug 8, 2008 11:12:53 AM

THIS:

"Is it asking too much for us to remember that we are all Americans, and leave the partisan BS for the uneducated simpletons?"

wonderfully said... country before party.

Posted by: SKP123 | Aug 8, 2008 8:57:43 AM

Can the Dems do the same to Lieberman now? Oh, that's right. He's not a Democrat.

Posted by: anon | Aug 8, 2008 8:40:58 AM

Horrors, Professor, I'm starting to believe you're a Democrat.

I have read the mission statement you posted on Lawyer Prof Blogs about what Prof Blogs are not and as I read your posts (I come here everyday,first thing in the morning)I think you might be violating the spirit of the mission.

Your posts seem to have a decidely left wing tilt.

This is a great site. I think it would be even better if you tried to stay politically neutral, however difficult that might be in an election year.

Posted by: Peter | Aug 8, 2008 7:33:36 AM

Is it asking too much for us to remember that we are all Americans, and leave the partisan BS for the uneducated simpletons?

Posted by: Observer | Aug 8, 2008 7:17:39 AM

Is it asking too much to expect the Republican nominee for a US Senate seat to be a real Republican, as opposed to another RINO, or worse, an out-and-out socialist?

Posted by: Tom | Aug 7, 2008 2:11:33 PM