Skip to comments.Seven Mississippi democrats turn republican (Obama inspires party switches)
Posted on 05/31/2012 4:41:31 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued
Seven former democrats are now with the ranks of the republican party after making their formal switch Wednesday.
Mississippi Republican Party Chairman Joe Nosef said since democrats took control of the White House, more than 50 state and local democrats have moved to the GOP.
Leake County Sheriff Greg Waggoner is one of those making the party change. Waggoner said he feels the Democratic party has fallen out of line with the country's moral standards.
"This is enough. We've gone too far. We've gone down the road of moral decay too far. It's time to stop it. It's time to turn around and let's go back together," said Waggoner.
Also switching parties Wednesday was Jones County Justice Court Judge David Lyons, Jones County Constable Mitch Sumrall, Leake County Coroner Randolph Scott, Leake County Supervisor Tony Smith, Leake County Justice Court Judge Ken Adcock and Newton County Sheriff Jackie Knight.
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Nah, Bennie would never......ever.....
Remember though after 1978 ol’ Strom inched steadily leftward. But Helms never did.
Some of that is true but in most Mississippi counties you had to be a democrat to get elected to local office. That’s what’s changing in Mississippi. We will always have the un-principled politician that will run and adopt the platform or idealogy of a political party not because the believe, but only that it expediates their holding office. Newt Gingrich ran as a Republican when it was not likely any Republican could win in his district, he sold the message of Conservatism and the Republican party. We need more like Newt but I do welcome these new Republicans to the Mississippi Republican party. There wouldn’t be much of a Republican party in Mississippi without the party switches, Republicans now hold 7 of 8 statewide elected offices, the House, the Senate, 2 of 3 Psc seats and 3 of 3 Transportation Commission seats, both US Senate seats and 3 of 4 Congressional seats.
I’m not getting the Mississippi pings, it’s duffee. Thank you very much.
Agreed. I do not respect or trust these people. They may well switch parties, but until they repudiate, line by line, their basic beliefs (assuming that they, as Democrats, actually have any basic beliefs) I will not expect anything positive from them.
The only positive thing is if this helps get control of committees...otherwise, no.
They are doing this to try to save their skins.
Congratulations. At least someone gets it. 7 more RINO’s added to the party.
This started in the congress back in the 90’s. It is nothing more than an infiltration if you ask me. Over all these people will always be democrats and liberals.
Titanic Syndrome would be my guess.
Yep, just like that damn former Democrap Reagan!
No offense, but you are from Massachusetts and do not understand Southern politics since Reconstruction and the New Deal. What we are witnessing is the final death throes of the old Democrat stranglehold on local politics in the South, and "these people" now switching in Mississippi are a helluva lot more Conservative than most lifelong Republicans in Massachusetts.
As another poster pointed out, these latest switchers are not legislators - those have already switched. Instead, these are local officeholders in small towns and rural areas where the Democrat primary has for generations been tantamount to election. "These people" have voted GOP in national elections for decades, and in state elections since the GOP gained its first solid footholds in those higher offices. By finally self-identifying as Republicans instead of Reagan Democrats, "these people" are signaling that the seismic realignment is complete.
This is a painstaking process that has swept across the South; the switch is virtually complete in Georgia, and now getting into full swing in smaller states like Alabama and Mississippi. And it should be welcomed by all of us, since strong local parties provide the stable roots for state and national offices.
I don’t take offense to your post, as it is very much true that I do not claim to completely understand politics in other parts of the country, as some do.
I leave it to commentators like you who may have a finger on the local pulse better than I do, but if it is anything like national politics, there is not a single person, not one, at the national level with a “D” next to their name that I would trust one iota.
In my opinion, the Democratic party finally rotted completely from within when Zell Miller retired. There is not a single Democrat anywhere I would trust to have a hand on any lever of any power.
If you believe these people are really, truly making a switch and won’t be simply Republicans who are going to vote in favor of homosexual marriage, affirmative action and more government regulation, I will take you at your word.
By the way, I presume you refer to people who run as Democrats because they know they have no chance of winning as a Republican in their local political arena.
I have first hand experience with exactly that in Massachusetts, as my father who was active in state politics up here for twenty years had to run as a Democrat.
He was a 30 year military veteran, a plank owner for the group Citizens for Limited Taxation, and didn’t have a liberal bone in his body. But he had to run as a Democrat in local politics.
But it is just as true that the Democrat Party in 1973 bears little overall resemblance to what we see today.
Agreed! Semper Fi.
This exposes GOPe’s lie that social issues don’t matter.
It’s a good start. ;o)
I’m still stunned at Arturo Davis’s defection.
Amazing times we live in.
Add me to the Mississippi Ping too, please! Still my home, even though I haven’t lived there in years.
Now, if the voters decide that as well...
The Democrat party is a shaky coalition of blacks, gays, feminists, union people, and academics. It will hold together only up until the point where the factions start to fight over a shrinking pie of government money and benefits.
You left out trial lawyers, relentlessly adding cost to everything.