How confusing is the Independence Party? Just ask Rupert Murdoch

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Briefing: Jackie Salit and other 'independents.' (Azi Paybarah via flickr)
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When Adolfo Carrion spoke at a recent event hosted by the Independence Party of New York City, he reminded them that he had officially left the Democratic Party and "declared my independence."

The crowd cheered.

Carrion had actually changed from being a registered member of the Democratic Party to being unaffiliated, but like the party members he was addressing, and like their political patron Michael Bloomberg, he chose to blur the lines between independent and Independence.

Today, the Daily News continues its editorial campaign to expose the workings of the Independence Party, which derives its bizarro kingmaker status in New York from the ability to attract unwitting registrees who think they're signing up as independents. 

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Among the accidental Independence enrollees: Rupert Murdoch (first reported by Chris Bragg here), and Maria Bartiromo.

The Independence Party is the largest alternative party in New York State, a fact which its leaders point to as proof of voter disatisfaction with Democrats and Republicans, rather than as evidence of their ability to trick people who actually wish to be members of no party at all.

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