Orange County Commission Candidate Lydia Pisano joins Republican Party

Lydia Pisano announced yesterday, that she has joined the Republican Pary.

Pisano,who ran for District 4 in 2010 endorsed current Republican Commissioner Jennifer Thompson in the non-partisan race after falling short of qualifying for the November runoff. Despite the fact that Thompson’s general election opponent used fake endorsements on direct mail and wasn’t as versed on D4 issues, this angered some Democrats and critics took out frustrations on Pisano’s Facebook page. The Orange County Democratic Executive Committee asked her to resign and the relationship was never the same.

In an email with Pisano she replied with the following.

It is true, and yes, when I endorsed Thompson, I was asked to resign from the Democratic Executive Committee. I did, and I have recently started going to the monthly meetings again in January 2012. I don’t feel comfortable there, and I feel changing parties is something I should have done a long time ago, and didn’t.

I have always been conservative, and it is a non-partisan race. I am who I am, and that will not change.

My campaign platform remains the same, as do my convictions. When my parents took me to register to vote when I was just 18, I was registered as a Republican. When I got married, and registered to vote in Florida, in 1990, I chose Democrat.

The Belle Isle commissioner is known for being a straight talker. She received the Orlando Sentinel’s endorsement in 2010 and has remained active in the community.

She is running for the Orange County District 3 seat, along with Eric Lasso, Pete Clark, and Lui Damiani.

Pisano joins the Republican party heading into the OC D3 race.