In it, but not of it. TPM DC

Maine Legislator Leaves The GOP Over Health Care Reform


Campbell says he's a public option fan, and Politico described him as a "liberal Republican," whose votes on issues like gay marriage have often broke with the GOP's national platform. In his statement, Campbell said the party switch "has been a long time coming" for a man who feels increasingly alienated from the GOP, but he makes it clear the obstructionist tactics his party used in the national health care debate were the straw that broke the camel's back.

The same can't be said of the two GOP senators Maine sent to D.C., Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins. Both of them briefly flirted with joining Democratic-led heath care reform efforts before choosing to join the GOP line of attack against them over the weekend.