By Diane Silver
Yet another prominent Republican has said he just can't take it anymore. Lifelong GOPer Rev. Bob Meneilly has told the KC Buzz Blog that he is bolting to the Democratic Party.
The tipping point was the Religious Right's annointing of ousted Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline as Johnson County's new district attorney.
Meneilly told the Buzz Blog that "the way they did it was kind of a slap in the face to the community."
Both Meneilly and his wife are becoming Democrats. Meneilly is in his 80's and is pastor emeritus of Village Presbyterian Church and chairman emeritus of the moderate MAINstream Coalition.
I had a chance to talk with Meneilly during the 2005 campaign to defeat the anti-marriage amendment to the Kansas Constitution. I have a lot of respect for all he has accomplished in his life. He has always stood up for what he believes.
When a couragous, principled and religious person like Meneilly leaves your party, you know you're in trouble.