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A 'Republican' who's not

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The group "Moderate Republicans for Jackson" -- a handful of disaffected current and former local elected representatives and others who have rejected GOP candidate Tony Strickland and aligned themselves with Democrat Hannah-Beth Jackson in the 19th Senate District campaign -- put out a press release this week claiming three new members.

There is one problem, however, with the claim that the group has been joined by "three more prominent Republicans": One of the three cited in the news release is no longer a Republican.

Beth Rogers, the Carpinteria businesswoman who was a GOP nominee for Congress in 2002, quit the party couple years ago and re-registered as a "decline-to-state," or nonpartisan, voter.

Before becoming an independent, Rogers had spent years trying to persuade the California GOP to recruit and support more Republican women candidates.

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The Ventura County Star's Sacramento Bureau Chief Timm Herdt on state issues and politics from Sacramento to Ventura County. He can be contacted at therdt@vcstar.com