NEW CANAAN — Perhaps wedding planning delayed “Morning Joe’s” stated intention to leave the Republican Party.

Thursday morning around 11 a.m., more than three months after announcing on “Late Night with Stephen Colbert” that he planned to change his party affiliation from Republican to unaffiliated, Scarborough officially followed through, according to New Canaan’s unaffiliated registrar of voters, John Amarilios.

“I was in the office this morning,” Amarilios said Thursday afternoon, “and he appeared, I guess at about 11 or so. He had stopped in to see the first selectman. Bob (First Selectman Robert Mallozzi III) gave me a call and indicated that Joe wanted to change his affiliation. They thought it’d be fitting if the unaffiliated registrar was the one to do it.”

Seated next to his fiance and “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski, Scarborough told Colbert during a July 11 interview that his longtime party had “betrayed their core values.”

“I am a Republican, but I’m not going to be a Republican anymore. I’ve got to become an independent,” the New Canaan resident stated on air.

In the months following the election of President Donald Trump, Scarborough had become increasingly critical of his one-time friend and now commander in chief. Tensions hit a peak after Trump sent a series of hostile Tweets in the direction of Scarborough and Brzezinski, one of which stated crudely that the latter was “bleeding badly from a face-lift” at a New Year Eve gathering at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate.

“He indicated that he had been tired of defending what was going on,” Amarilios said,” and he hoped that this way he could make a statement.”

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