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Hal Sirkin, a senior partner with the Boston Consulting Group, said his conversations with executives in a range of industries suggest widespread frustration with the Republican party. The budget battle "is giving them pause to reconsider everything that they believed" about conservative support for business, he said. Some executives have told him they plan to pull back their support for the party "as a message to say, this is not acceptable. You can't trash the business community," he added.

"Right now, I'd have a hard time voting for any incumbent," said Kevin Hartford, president and co-owner of Alle-Kiski Industries Inc., a Leechburg, Pa., maker of metal parts used in power generation and rail locomotives, among other things. Mr. Hartford said he typically supports Republican candidates but now believes the party "has become fractured, lacks vision, is leaderless and discombobulated."

That's why they did this more than a year from reelections. Voters will forget a year from now.

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