‘Reluctant Republican' takes on extremism in new book

Published: Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 04:34 PM.

New author and Seagrove resident Barbara Olschner will hold a book signing of her first book, "The Reluctant Republican," March 9 at 5 p.m. at Sundog Books in Seaside.

Olschner has been a member of the Republican party all of her adult life, as were her parents.

She ran for Congress on the Republican ticket in 2010.

Even though the ties run deep for Olschner, she is not liking what she is seeing in the direction the party is taking or the attitude of its members.

What Olschner is seeing more and more of in her party, she said, is an attitude of intolerance — intolerance for anyone and their beliefs on any level if they don't align with the conservative fringe. Olschner would like to see that change before it is too late.

Olschner said she ran for Congress because she saw the country hurting, and she believed she could help find answers to the nation's problems.

She won the vote of Walton County's residents, but still came in dead last in the final tally.

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