Accused gunman had no party affiliation
January 10th, 2011
08:24 PM ET
12 years ago

Accused gunman had no party affiliation

(CNN) - Accused Arizona gunman Jared Lee Loughner was not registered to any political party, and in fact hand wrote "independent" on two separate voter forms, county officials said Monday.

Pima County, Arizona, Registrar of Voters Chris Roads said Loughner registered to vote on September 26, 2006. Voters are not required to list a political party, but are instructed to write at least the first three letters of any party they want to be affiliated with. The state of Arizona recognizes dozens of affiliations.

Records obtained by CNN show Loughner chose to write IND on one form, and independent (misspelled) on the second form.

Roads said Loughner voted in the general elections in 2006 and 2008, but did not vote in 2010. The county lists his voter status as inactive after mail sent to his address was twice returned as undeliverable.

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  1. Indy

    There is no political affiliation to blame even if he was a Dem or Republican or Tea Party. Getting past the political blame is a must and then it is time for the people that promote and incite hate to cease and decist. The Palin's and Becks, Limbaughs who lie for a living and prey on anger need to be stopped from making millions off of people that believe in their lies and fears.None of these people are elected officials and are dependant on hate, fear and lies to make the big bucks. All elected officials have to act in a professional manner and stop the lying and fear campaigns that fuel division and fear.People have been sick of this for some time and now that this mass murder has happened they have every right to be pissed off and the only thing good that may come out of this is the end of Palin,Beck,Limbaugh and O Rieley making millions soley from promoting hate.

    January 10, 2011 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  2. T'sah from Virginia

    No party affiliation because he was from another world – his own world with no regard for anyone else!!

    He commented that Giffords did not "get it"!! Did he feel that anyone "got it"!! It's obvious he did not want Giffords to win the election. He purchased a gun "after" the election and he planned for a while to "assassinate" her.

    Yep, most want to believe that "nothing" influenced Jared and as long as people keep believing that – there will be more instances and the rhetoric will not stop!!!

    Just my opinion!!

    January 10, 2011 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  3. Kara

    And your point is? No one said this man was a republican, Ms Gifford's father suggested that he was pointed in her direction by the republican rhetoric. there's a difference.

    January 10, 2011 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  4. Jane

    This guy is a wack job. Anyone who tries to tie him to the right or left is just wrong - there is no political stuff here. A misguided and apparently mentally ill person who was out for attention. Those who try to make this a political issue are not helping this country unite they are dividing it....are you listening news agencies, sheriffs, and such. Don't put your vile inputs on the news and internets.

    January 10, 2011 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  5. Steve T

    Can we now quit the nonsense about which side he was on?

    January 10, 2011 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  6. matteo

    he registered as independent over 4 years ago! new political parties have been established since then.

    January 10, 2011 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  7. TK

    Interesting that this guy was obsessed with grammar and he misspelled independent......

    January 10, 2011 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  8. Ron

    Since loughner has no political affiliation, does that mean we need to ask the independents to "tone down their rehetoric"?people,its time we get people to accept responsibility for their own actions.

    January 10, 2011 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  9. magruber

    This evidence dosent necessarily dismiss a party affiliation. He wrote IND for 06 and 08, but the Tea Party wasnt conceived untill after the beginning of 09. Anybody can chance their party affiliation if somthing occurs thats strong enough to change their opinions. I wouldnt dismiss Party Affiliation yet.

    January 10, 2011 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  10. Rich

    He may be guilty as sin, but is his voter ( and everyones) fair game to be published by the media? There is no privacy.

    January 10, 2011 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  11. dee matthews

    what's up with the change in his signature between 2006 and 2008? some of the news articles are quoting friends who said he had really changed in recent years. so did his signature....

    January 10, 2011 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  12. A. Williams

    What does it matter if this murderer has any party affiliation?
    It makes no difference. To deliberately pull the trigger on a gun to kill someone, supersedes any party affiliation. That is the act of a downright insane person. All murders come down to an individual who has absolutely zero regard for human life.

    January 10, 2011 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  13. Peter s

    We live in a Nation of self denial "Accused gunman had no party affiliation" does it matter whether he was a Democrat, Republican or independent? What matters is the cause and the effect, look what happens 24/7, useless news cycle from the right and the left alike laced with hate to rally the so called base! , fear of retribution from NRA so no politician with Cajones from both sides who can address issues pertaing to the guns sale, which are sold like candy killing people all the way from Tijuano to Arizona. OOps I just forget the The Second Amendment (Amendment II) to the United States Constitution is the part of the United States Bill of Rights that protects the right of the people to keep and bear arms. It was adopted on December 15, 1791, along with the rest of the Bill of Rights. Well in 1791 there were no crazy people like we have today!! thats the difference between then and now!!. So the gun problem and you will also solve the problem of drugs in our streets!!

    January 10, 2011 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  14. Mich

    Hope that this help end the political ranting going on. People are so out of focus it is truly sad.

    January 10, 2011 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  15. Bob the Observer

    This story has not worked out for the mainstream media, which would have loved to put him in the tea party. The truth is, his writings, his work, and his speaking note him as left-leaning. He actually was glad that our current president was elected, and if he had any gripe with the person he shot, it was that she was "moderate" rather than left-leaning.

    I have watched the major news services try to affiliate him with the Right, with conservatives, etc, in order to bolster their continuing attack on the first amendment. Unfortunately, he just doesn't fit the bill.

    Let's concentrate, instead, on the loss of life, and on the injury of a respected elected official, and pray for her recovery. Let's let the justice system decide what to do with him.

    But just in case anyone wonders, he was left-leaning, and voted for Democrats when he did vote. Even the picture that tries to pass him off as a "skin-head" is an attempt to deny the truth of this situation.

    January 10, 2011 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  16. raoul

    whether sarah palins gunsights or the tea party's excessively extreme behavior had anything to do with the arizona's congresswomans shooting we may never know. but the fact is that they both do not behave in a civil manner. you do not put gunsights on another human being without expecting some possible lunatic to read this as permission to act. sarah palin has been a blight on the american political scene since her arrival. she was hired by mccain to ressurect a flagging campaign and she did that by reaching out to a segment of americans that resonated with her vitrolic hate filled speech. when her audiences screamed out lynch him and kill him, she never came forward to tone down the rhetoric. she only upped the ante by putting a gunsight on the last remaining democratic representative in arizona. i am not saying that she gave permission or orders for this assasination attempt. no, she never did any obvious thing like that. what she did was muddy up the waters where action could happen that could be something that not even she dreamed could happen. i believe she is naive and thinks that she can do and say anything she wants and it will get her to the oval office. but i must say sarah. words and actions have real consequences. now you can live with what you have sown and now reap.

    January 10, 2011 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  17. Nolan

    This is why we don't politicize tragedies. This is why we shouldn't jump to conclusions. Get well Gabby. Shame on you all who made this political.

    January 10, 2011 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  18. dave

    I think he would have shot up the place wheter it was a Dem or a Rep. This guyt is just crazy. More of a Ted Kazinski than a Tim McVeigh.

    January 10, 2011 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  19. Amused

    Guns are merely another product on the consumer market in the United States. If there's money to be made, and there most definitely is, we will never remove a legal product from the market. The inevitable loss of lives to violence bloodshed is simple collateral damage, inevitable, known and accepted by the profiteers.

    January 10, 2011 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  20. Andrew

    Well, that put this matter to bed... NOT! Knowing how the media works, they'll still be going on for weeks that this was Palin's or Obama's fault!

    January 10, 2011 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  21. lil ozzy

    this guy is most likely going to try to get off on a insanatie plea,,and with all his backround so far he just might pull it off, the only comfort that the faimlys have right now is to hope that he dosent live long eoughe to make it to trial

    January 10, 2011 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  22. Bob

    Hopefully, these "facts" will end the debate about political involvement and point to the fact that he is a premium nutcase, one of many in this country that could strike any time. Sad that anyone would try to use politics to place blame but, most folks can think on their own so keep trying.

    January 10, 2011 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  23. aelric

    In my experience, the most vitriolic rhetoric comes not from affiliates of any party so much as from those who dislike ALL existing parties. It is just my observation, but those seem to be the people who feel like every party is out to screw them over, and violence is the only way to "fix" whatever they think is wrong with the system. Those who do identify with a specific party movement always have the hope of influencing the system with votes.

    January 10, 2011 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  24. Max

    Why is this guy smiling ear to ear? Does he think he will become a hero?

    January 10, 2011 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  25. juma

    well shows how all politicals need to be protected

    January 10, 2011 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
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