For 32 years, Jean Dowding was a registered Democrat. She filed against incumbent Democrat Sean Lynn in the 31st Rep. District for Delaware in July. But she did NOT file as a Democrat. She switched her party to Republican. While it is certainly any American citizen’s right to switch parties at any time, I do find it a bit suspect she would do so the same day she filed to run against a very liberal candidate.
For the record, I fully endorse Sean Lynn for this seat. He has done an excellent job for his district as well as the State of Delaware. He has been a staunch supporter for public education. He introduced legislation designed for more government transparency and fought valiantly for elimination of the death penalty in Delaware. We need more Sean Lynn and not someone who doesn’t seem to know what party they should be affiliated with unless it is for the sole purpose of running for office. Is she a Democrat or a Republican? 32 years is a long time to register under one party. Why wouldn’t she have attempted to run in the primary against Lynn?
While Dowding has a ton of experience under her belt and she deserves kudos for her service to our country, in reviewing her responses in the Delaware State News, her responses were very wishy-washy. Many of her answers had the “I’ll have to take a look at that”. Voters don’t want to hear that. They want someone who is committed to the issues, not someone who doesn’t really know what those issues are. Sean Lynn knows the issues that Delaware faces and can see past the status quo. Jean Dowding does not have enough information to lead her district much less make the decisions needed based on having all the facts. It is that simple.
For those who may think Dowding could have switched parties at some point during the past 32 years and not the day she filed, voter registration websites state otherwise: