While Whaley’s party affiliation might have been known to some, he had told the Daily Journal on two occasions – including less than a week before the runoff election – that he would decide on a party affiliation after the election.
“It was not so much I could not decide,” Whaley said on Wednesday. “It was more I did not want to make the emphasis about the party instead of the person. It might have been a little bit of a cat and mouse game… All my opponents wanted me to declare. I knew that.
“They were looking for anything to use against me. The less they knew, the better it was.”