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Obama’s abortion, marriage views inspire dozens of Democratic politicians to join the GOP
Life Site News ^ | May 31, 2012 | BEN JOHNSON

Posted on 05/31/2012 3:03:33 PM PDT by NYer

JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI, May 31, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) –  Five months ahead of the presidential election, the Democratic Party is already losing seats to Republicans, as a growing number of elected officials are changing parties over issues like the right to life, the definition of marriage, and the Obama administration’s mandate that religious institutions cover abortion-inducing drugs in their health care plans.

Wednesday afternoon, seven local office-holders from three Mississippi counties announced they had voted with their feet.

Each official had different reasons, but Leake County Sheriff Greg Waggoner “specifically said when [Obama] came out in favor of gay ‘marriage,’ that was the last straw,” Brett Kittredge, communications director of the Mississippi Republican Party, told LifeSiteNews.com.

“I’m a Christian, and my first allegiance is to Jesus Christ,” Sheriff Waggoner said. “God established marriage, and He established it between a man and a woman. Those are my beliefs. The Republican Party reflects my beliefs.”

His concerns echoed those of Pennsylvania Democrat-turned-Republican Jo Ann Nardelli. A lifelong Democrat, Nardelli has been active as a pro-life Democrat at the state and local level. As Matthew Archbold wrote, “She met with Hillary Clinton, gave a rosary to Joe Biden, and appeared on the cover of U.S. News and World Report going to Church with then Senate candidate Bob Casey Jr.”

But after seeing Vice President Joe Biden, who is Roman Catholic, endorse same-sex “marriage,” she said she could no longer stand by the party. “I talked to our priest,” she said. Soon she penned a resignation letter citing the party’s conflict with Catholic teaching.

“Due to personal matters and faith beliefs at this time, it is only fair to resign,” she wrote. “It is time to move forward with my life in a direction that is more in line with my faith.” At a press conference, she endorsed Mitt Romney, then switched parties.

State and local officials are not only ones to defect from an increasingly left-wing party. Former Alabama Congressman Artur Davis, an early Obama supporter who ran for governor in 2010, hinted on Tuesday that he may run for office in his new home state of Virginia. “If I were to run, it would be as a Republican,” he wrote.

“[F]aith institutions should not be compelled to violate their teachings because faith is a freedom, too,” he wrote on his blog, which he refers to as “free opposition research.”

He jabbed the administration for plunging “headfirst into a fight over contraception and Catholic hospitals” in February. “The Ninth Circuit’s ruling on gay marriage prefigures a Supreme Court ruling on the issue…a brief against big government has to also address the overreach of Washington’s pronouncing church doctrine dead.”

A Democrat who voted against the president’s health care reform, Davis said he still thinks the bill “goes further than we need and costs more than we can bear.” Entitlement reform and fiscal discipline play a role in his change of party.

Davis, who is black, also chafed at the president’s “bloc by bloc appeal to group grievances when the country is already too fractured.” He has said he “despises identity politics” and calls Affirmative Action “a racial spoils system.”

That multi-pronged objection shows that many Democrats do not object to Obama but to liberalism, a problem that often sinks down to the state and local party level.

In April, Rick Murphrey, the mayor of Kings Mountain in North Carolina and a lifelong Democrat, changed party registration to the GOP based in part on the state’s constitutional amendment banning same-sex “marriage.” Governor Bev Perdue, a Democrat, opposed Amendment One. Murphrey said that “is one of the things” he and his wife “evaluated in our decision.”

“We believe in the marriage of one man and one woman,” Murphrey said. “That is something we believe in strongly.” 

New party members sometimes become active leaders in the pro-life cause. Ohio State Representative Doug McKillip of Athens – who accepted a $500 donation from Planned Parenthood in 2006 as a Democrat – introduced a bill to limit abortions to the first 20 weeks of pregnancy earlier this year.

McKillip credits his faith with his party change. “I became a Christian in ’09,” he said. “You start reading the Bible, and you realize life begins at conception.”

In March, Texas State Representative J.M. Lozano said he was tired of being “bullied” by Democrats. Like his constituents in Jim Wells County, he cherished “pro-life, pro-business” sentiments in “my heart and my soul.”

Lozano, McKillip, Waggoner, and others join a growing exodus of centrist or right-leaning former Democrats. Two dozen state officials changed registration from Democrat to Republican in the first three months after the 2010 midterm elections.

Kittrege estimates that more than 50 Democrats in Mississippi have joined the Republican Party since January 2009. 

“They cannot be affiliated any longer with the Democratic Party because of the Obama administration, and all the leaders of the Democratic Party – Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, on down the line,” Kittredge told LifeSiteNews.com.

“There is no center-right in the Democratic Party,” Davis explained to Fox host Neil Cavuto. “There is in the Republican Party.”

In response, some Democrats are asking for a less liberal abortion plank in the 2012 Democratic Party platform. Former President Jimmy Carter has publicly stated party leaders should “limit [abortion] only to women whose life are in danger or who are pregnant as a result of rape or incest.” Rev. Patrick Mahoney, Director of the Christian Defense Coalition, promises pro-lifers will lead a public witness at the convention.

Dr. Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, told LifeSiteNews.com that abortion “is killing the Democrats in the South. Jimmy understands this. He understands the reason they lost the South is not the civil rights movement; it’s the abortion movement.”

Increasingly, it is also the marriage redefinition movement. Yet four former party chairmen and 11 state parties have called for the Democratic Party to include support for same-sex “marriage” in the party platform this summer during their convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. 

The ongoing defections show many are giving up on efforts to carve out a pro-life, pro-marriage niche in the party of Jefferson and Jackson. “I thought I could make a difference to change our party,” Nardelli said. “It didn’t work.”

“The national Democratic Party, and to a certain extent the Mississippi Democratic Party, has made it easier for us,” Kittredge told LifeSiteNews. “They almost do the work for us.”


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: abortion; dnc; gop; marriage

1 posted on 05/31/2012 3:03:41 PM PDT by NYer
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To: NYer
Rats deserting a sinking ship Pictures, Images and Photos
2 posted on 05/31/2012 3:07:08 PM PDT by moovova (New requirements for President: Birth certificate AND a urine test.)
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To: papageo
One thing to always remember. There is no such thing as a pro-life democrat. You can’t be both. To say otherwise is a lie. Not just a lie, a damn lie.

Bingo!

3 posted on 05/31/2012 3:09:23 PM PDT by NYer (Open to scriptural suggestions.)
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To: moovova

Too bad they’re getting on our ship which is already riding dangerously low in the water.


4 posted on 05/31/2012 3:10:03 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: moovova

Your tag line was an “oh, wow” moment for me. Is this what it all comes down too? We need our country back! n/s


5 posted on 05/31/2012 3:12:02 PM PDT by cameraeye (A happy kaffir!)
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To: NYer
They're melting!

However, do we really need more center-left republicans?

6 posted on 05/31/2012 3:13:59 PM PDT by DallasDeb (usafa06mom)
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To: NYer

How ironic. Bishop Willard’s record on abortion and marriage motivate me to leave the Geriatric Old Plotters.


7 posted on 05/31/2012 3:13:59 PM PDT by Psalm 144 ("I'm not willing to light my hair on fire to try and get support. I am who I am." - Willard M Romney)
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To: NYer

I might add that one cannot be a Democrat and call yourself Catholic if you believe in abortion, Homosexual marriage, forced purchase of Contraception insurance, the end of Freedom of Religion.

In fatc you can hardly call yourself an American.


8 posted on 05/31/2012 3:20:02 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: NYer

Those having REAL moral convictions about these issues would have stood up to the National Democratic Party years ago. Obama’s views at the national party level are not really anything new. Doing this in an election year based on Obama’s views is a pretty flimsy, thinly veiled exercise.

I have been saying for years that local Democrats should have been raising all kinds of hell about their party’s values. I have held local Democratic politicians accountable for their party’s radical views for years. I am glad it is happening, but they arrived at the party way, way too late.


9 posted on 05/31/2012 3:22:27 PM PDT by RatRipper (I'll ride a turtle to work every day before I buy anything from Government Motors.)
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To: NYer

They’re all going to be future RINOs. As the GOP becomes a “big tent” party we’re going to have to keep a close eye on things.


10 posted on 05/31/2012 3:25:47 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: 1010RD

The GOP has been moderated into a coma and I’m wondering when someone will decide to moderate the party that actually needs it.


11 posted on 05/31/2012 3:39:12 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: NYer

These altar calls do not impress me.

I see these politicians as rats jumping from a sinking ship. They will now become nothing more than RINOs.


12 posted on 05/31/2012 3:40:58 PM PDT by Gator113 (***YOU GAVE it to Obama. I would have voted for NEWT.~Just livin' life, my way~)
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To: RatRipper

What you dais is true. Many so called pro-lifers held their noses and boted for Democrats in spite of their militant pro-abortion stance.

This year, however, two things happened almost back to back:
Obama and the HHS began to bully religious institutions to pay for contraceptives, sterilizations and abortifacient drugs; then while this was still simmering on top of the surface of politics, Obama announces he is now in favor of same-sex marriages in the premise that this is some sort of civil right for gays.

BINGO! Losts of good, Christian people who were raised as cultural Democrats could no longer justify their predjudice against the GOP, and the flood dykes were bridged. You might say that Peter took his finger out of the leak in the dyke and this is the result.

If this is being manifested by politicians at the local levels, you can bet that lots of conservative Democrat voters are also struggling with their allegiance to the Democrat party.

The concept of Romney wining in a landslide is looking more possible now.


13 posted on 05/31/2012 3:42:26 PM PDT by Gumdrop
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To: NYer
Dr. Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, told LifeSiteNews.com that abortion “is killing the Democrats in the South. Jimmy understands this. He understands the reason they lost the South is not the civil rights movement; it’s the abortion movement.”

I would not underestimate the impact of the elimination of "Don't ask, don't tell," especially in the South, which is disproportionately represented in the military. Obama has jumped the shark in terms of gay rights. He is far left of the American people.

14 posted on 05/31/2012 4:14:53 PM PDT by kabar
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To: NYer
“There is no center-right in the Democratic Party,” Davis explained to Fox host Neil Cavuto. “There is in the Republican Party.”

I doubt they'll be RINOs...I think they'll be not as conservative as we are... but remember...Reagan was a Democrat...(would you call him a RINO?)

15 posted on 05/31/2012 4:20:41 PM PDT by ExCTCitizen (If we stay home in November '12, don't blame 0 for tearing up the CONSTITUTION!!)
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To: NYer; fieldmarshaldj; AuH2ORepublican; Impy; GOPsterinMA; randita; Sun; LdSentinal; Norman Bates

Quite a few Democrats are seeing the light and bailing out of their increasingly radical party. It’s been going on for a while. It’ll be great if someone high-profile were to bolt.


16 posted on 05/31/2012 4:34:30 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Obama and Company lied, the American economy died)
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To: cripplecreek

My worry is that we’re getting a bunch of socialists on economic issues. Economic liberty is liberty. I believe abortion to be evil, but I don’t believe a loving God would allow those little, innocent souls to go to Hell. These RINOs will simply dilute the conservative influence in the economic sphere. We already have too many Big Government conservatives in the party.

How can we shrink government back to its Constitutional limits if our very own don’t believe in it?


17 posted on 05/31/2012 5:06:40 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: 1010RD

I was supportive of Bart Stupak as a moderate to conservative democrat and look what he did.

Never again.

Its one thing to have a conversion over time but these mostly appear to be nothing but politically expedient conversions.


18 posted on 05/31/2012 5:11:48 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: cripplecreek

We’re really up against it. We’ve had nearly a century of government schooling/indoctrination. FDR and the Great Depression completely altered the Federal landscape. Urban politics went completely to special interests and Democrat domination, those who could fled. There is an enormous national constituency interested in Federal money and it isn’t just welfare to the indigent. There are plenty of millionaires, etc. who are snout down in the trough.

This debt crisis is really our last, best hope to cut the Leviathan back down to size. If we don’t make it here it will just get worse. Did you ever think that 1984-like tech would be in every urban environment in America. It certainly isn’t there to keep us safe. It’s a real cliff hanger, no?


19 posted on 05/31/2012 8:30:43 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: cripplecreek
Too bad they’re getting on our ship which is already riding dangerously low in the water.

Not to mention...they're diluting the GOP gene pool.

These folks will not be bringing Conservative values with them.

20 posted on 06/01/2012 6:29:43 AM PDT by moovova (New requirements for President: Birth certificate AND a urine test.)
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To: Clintonfatigued; GOPsterinMA; fieldmarshaldj; Galactic Overlord-In-Chief; AuH2ORepublican; ...

This a good thing but I won’t assume noble motives, they want to keep their jobs and be in the majority party. OTOH these are minor officials so maybe they’re regular people, maybe.

So welcome newbies but govern properly.


21 posted on 06/01/2012 1:30:29 PM PDT by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: Impy; All

“So welcome newbies but govern properly.”

Exactly!


22 posted on 06/02/2012 6:36:06 AM PDT by GOPsterinMA (We may die, but DISCO LIVES FOREVER!!!)
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