‘Everybody gets why she has now declared herself a Democrat. She thinks it’s going to be an easier life…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) An Ohio judge announced she’s leaving the Republican Party and registering as a Democrat because the GOP no longer reflects the party she once joined.
Franklin County’s longest-serving judge, Julie Lynch, filed paperwork with the county board of elections run as a Democrat in future elections, including in 2023 when she runs for re-election.
“I’ve been a registered Republican since I was 18, and 41 years later I do not recognize the Republican Party as it is today,” she told the Columbus Dispatch. “And I’m not the same person I was when I was 18.”
Brad Sinnott, a county Republican Party chairman, said he thinks Lynch’s decision has more to do with local voting trends than with the national party.
“Here’s the obvious truth: There are more Democratic voters in Franklin County than Republican voters,” he said. “Everybody gets why she has now declared herself a Democrat. She thinks it’s going to be an easier life.”
But Lynch insisted that her decision had nothing to do with the rise of Democrats in Franklin County.
“That ebbs and flows,” she said of voting trends. “When I started out, Republicans were dominant, but there were still Democratic judges. … I’ve always had support from Democrats and Republicans and independents.”
Lynch said she “can’t articulate all the things that are disturbing” about the Republican Party, because “that would not be appropriate for a judge.”
However, “I’ll let my action speak louder than my words,” she added.
County Democratic Party Chairman Michael Sexton said he’s heard of many Republican women, like Lynch, who grew “frustrated” with the GOP and left.
“Judge Lynch is an example of women voters in Franklin County who are frustrated with and are abandoning the Republican Party,” he said. “It was clear to me that she is upset about the direction of the party led by President Trump.”