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Former AG Harshbarger is leaving the Democratic Party

Former Massachusetts Attorney General Scott Harshbarger.
Former Massachusetts Attorney General Scott Harshbarger.AP/File

Turns out, Republican-turned-Libertarian Bill Weld is not the only party-switcher. Former attorney general Scott Harshbarger announced in a CommonWealth op-ed this week that he is leaving the Democratic Party to join the United Independent Party.

You’ll recall that’s the group started by Evan Falchuk who ran unsuccessfully for governor in 2014.

“My goal is to help the UIP reach its legally required benchmark of 43,000 enrollees by this November,” Harshbarger wrote.

He argued that a vibrant third party will encourage more competitive elections on Beacon Hill. But his own flirtation with third-party politics may well be brief. “I will likely find my way back to the Democratic Party after November,” he said. “But in the meantime, I want to be a part of making sure we establish the UIP as a permanent platform for contested elections in our state by lending it my enrollment.”