I’m betting we’ll see more reasonable folks leave the Republican Party as it continues lurching further and further to the far right end of the political spectrum to please its Tea Party base.

The first Hispanic chairman of the Mississippi Federation of College Republicans resigned Monday because of his concerns about the far right’s influence over the party. He said he will become a Democrat.

“When I ran for Chairman in the spring, I ran to be Chairman of the Mississippi Federation of College REPUBLICANS, not the Mississippi Federation of College ‘Tea Partiers,'” Evan Alvarez said in his resignation letter, which he provided to the Clarion Ledger in Jackson.

He said he had already spoken to some Democrats about changing his party affiliation, something he said he hoped to do “in the next few days.”

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