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. Gilby

    uh, talk radio did this? I guess soap operas give us morals.....

    January 10, 2011 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  2. Dem4Ever

    Oops...I think we progressives owe the right wing a very big apology. I for one am truly sorry. I was wrong and I promise never to mistreat or misrepresent the Republican party again.

    January 10, 2011 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  3. Liz

    I see the media is in full spin mode. No matter how you try to spin it, the people that stoked the flame of fire know who they are and that they bare some resposibility. Those anti-government rants didn't come out of thin air. I don't care how crazy the media is trying to make him out to be.

    January 10, 2011 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  4. Taylor Stout

    Interesting is that his handwriting looks so different for the two different years.

    January 10, 2011 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  5. GuestColin

    Oh he has a party affiliation alright. Crazy, party of one....

    January 10, 2011 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  6. mdyer

    I hope he gets the death penalty, after what he did.

    January 10, 2011 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  7. squatchie

    It does not require a great leap of deduction to ascertain where this man's political identity rests in the spectrum of "party affiliation" in this country. Let's just say that judging by the sound of talk-radio chatter he has plenty of company in AZ.

    January 10, 2011 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  8. Sydney Australia

    Why did not the local police authorities deal with this monster before he killed?

    January 10, 2011 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  9. richard rohrmann

    The man was a Liberal.

    January 10, 2011 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  10. Darren

    I find it interesting how much his handwriting changes from 2006 to 2008 as evidenced by the forms. His signature especially.

    January 10, 2011 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  11. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    The fact that he appeared to have no political affiliation suggests, in no way that he had no political ideology or that he was uninfluenced by any of the hate filled rhetoric that all of us are subjected to.

    The thing is, that some (like this guy) don't play with a full deck and act on things that "normal" people don't.

    January 10, 2011 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  12. Jay

    Sure is quiet in here, whats wrong libs? Facts got your tounge?
    Leftwing media should be ashamed of themselves.

    January 10, 2011 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  13. Frank

    Well one more reason to resent the left wing media and their allies attempt to tag the republicans with this tragedy before these facts even came out. According to them, weren't we supposed to reserve judgement on Major Hasan when he attacked and executed innocent Americans?

    January 10, 2011 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  14. Rick

    Being registered with a certain party doesn't mean anything anyway. Most people dont know the meaning of Political parties. I always found the people that complain the most about government dont vote.

    January 10, 2011 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  15. derp

    hopefully this can put an end to all the bitter accusations from one side to the other.

    January 10, 2011 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  16. Kevin

    He registered to vote when he was 18 then. Political views change rapidly at that age. Obviously, this attack was political in nature and it's illogical to say otherwise. The fact is that he was sucked into conspiracy theories – something that Republicans love to rely on when it comes time to herd the sheep.

    January 10, 2011 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  17. DemsLoveTheBackdoor

    Incoming denials from the left regarding his affiliation.

    January 10, 2011 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  18. kmp

    The issue isn't what party affiliation he had but the rhetoric that has been doled out mainly by the right these past couple of years. It will only take on whacko to carry out what they think they heard.

    January 10, 2011 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  19. Tom W.

    Whatever... read the writing on the wall.

    January 10, 2011 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  20. Patriots Salute the Flag! Traitors don't!!!

    CNN why don't you tell the truth that the people who knew him said his preferences was the far left of the Liberal party. No other form is required to ask what party affiliation your with. Only way they classfy you is when you vote in the primarys. GET REAL.

    January 10, 2011 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  21. Mark

    If I am reserving judgment it is only because I have a sneaking suspicion he has no ties to anything, hate yes, violence yes, but all these arguments blaming left or right are going to look really silly when he just ends up being the lunatic he is.

    January 10, 2011 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  22. John from Scottsdale, AZ

    I'm seeing alot of posts wondering why this guy in AZ tried to kill our Congresswoman. This appears to be a clear case of insanity. There should be no debate of extreme political rhetoric as a cause. Some people are simply, mentally disturbed. They need to be institutionalized. I know that is not PC anymore, but there were plenty of reasons for asylums the last 200+ years. For example, take John Hinkley's attempt to kill President Ronald Reagan in 1981. “Hinckley's supposed motivation behind the attack stemmed from an obsession with actress Jodie Foster due to erotomania.” He was found “not gulity” of the assassination attempt and remains confined to a psychiatric facility today. Some could make the same arguments about poltics then, but again, some people really have severe mental problems that require intensive treatment. Paranoid schizophrenics are another good example. They clearly find paranoia in government interaction. Anything could have set this guy off in Tucson, just like the movie Taxi Driver did for John Hinkley. Simply stated, this kid needed special care.

    January 10, 2011 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  23. minnesotaw

    I have no party affiliation either-I go to ANY PARTAY

    January 11, 2011 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  24. Tom

    So what doesnt mean anything.

    January 11, 2011 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  25. branic

    There are violent people on all sides. If I was a violent person of left leaning, I would have Beck, Limbaugh, Palin etc in my cross hair. So my advice to them will be to always watch your back. Even if you walk around with a semi, watch your back. You never know when some crazy person takes it personally. And stop spreading hatred unless you are on Oxycontin or totally in love with power & money.

    January 11, 2011 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
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