Skip to comments.N.C. Rep. Michael Decker Switches to Democrat Party (Switches Control to Democrats)
Posted on 01/24/2003 10:59:33 AM PST by jern
N.C. Representative Michael Decker Switches to Democrat Party
NORTH CAROLINA REPUBLICAN PARTY 1506 Hillsborough St., Raleigh, North Carolina 27605 Tele. (919) 828-6423 Fax (919) 899-3815 www.NCGOP.org For immediate release January 24, 2003 ........................................................................................................
Decker To Go Down As North Carolinas Own Jim Jeffords
(RALEIGH) In a call today to N.C. Representative Mike Decker of Forsyth County, North Carolina Republican Party Chairman Bill Cobey was informed that Rep. Decker has switched to the Democrat Party, changed his registration, and will be voting for Jim Black for Speaker. No reason was given.
Given Mike Deckers conservative voting record in the General Assembly, I find this to be irrational and bizarre behavior, said Cobey. I wish he had discussed this situation before taking any kind of action, but today is the first I have heard anything of this truly perplexing decision.
Mike Decker will unfortunately go down in history as North Carolinas own Jim Jeffords, switching a closely divided State House from the party that was elected to the majority the Republican Party to the party that lost the majority in the November elections the Democrat Party, said Cobey.
I wonder, does all of this mean that Jim Black or Mike Easley have made some type of promise to Decker? asked Cobey. Could that promise involve the Speaker pro tem position, which pays 50% more than a rank-and-file member receives, or some promise of a job in the Easley administration?
If you would like to personally express your disappointment to Rep. Decker, his legislative office phone number is (919) 733-5988 and his email is Miked@ncleg.net. His home number is (336) 595-3008.
Well, once he states his reason then people can applaud or condemn.
Well stated guaguanco
FYI, Decker, a school teacher (and maybe an NCAE member) had been a registered Democrat before seeking elected office.
Then maybe it's good for the Republicans to be rid of him.
No, this is a situation where voters elected a conservative as a member of the conservative Party, and he's betraying them by giving power to the liberal Party, thus furthering the liberal agenda. And since there's no conceivable ideological reason for the switch, it looks to be just for power and money.
When conservative Democrats switch to the GOP, they are furthering the conservative agenda of the conservative Party, and the voters who voted for that conservative candidate shouldn't mind.
When liberal Republicans switch to the Democrat Party, it's certainly understandable, except when done for slimeball reasons of power politics, like the Jeffords thing, and directly after election to a 6-year term! With Decker, too, he switched right after being elected. Slimy!!!
In the Senate we need the numbers and I can accept but not admire RINOs. I see no reason to rally around ex-Dems like the NYC mayor who isn't much of a better alternative to having a mayor with a D next to his name.
Here in Houston, the mayor's office is a "non-partisan" office. The races are never partisan when the candidates are all D or I. Get one Republican in the race and suddenly it is "partisan". The Republicans who run for mayor down here are conservatives. Even then I am voting for the candidate's politics and not the letter (there is no "gain" for the democrats in saying that they have x number of mayors in major cities in this country; they have no power outside of their cities).
Some Democrats walked away from their party when Clinton embarassed them, but it did not shift the balance of power.
Wow, Guano-boy you are one thick-skulled jerk -- spare me the sarcasm!!! You can't tell the difference between a conservative Democrat who switches to the conservative party before the election, not affecting legislative control, vs. a conservative Republican who switches to the liberal party after the election, thereby denying Republicans outright control of the House?
Man, are you thick-headed!!!
I will personally crawl to Forsyth County next year if it would help defeat this guy.
Okay, and that would be because . . . oh, you're a contrarian -- you question the CW and get a smug look on your face, without addressing any of the arguments advanced by those you disagree with.
Spare me the drama.
I am LIVID.
Here's my e-mail to his office, since I could not get through on the phone:
Rep. Decker (or the anonymous lackey reading this):Rep. Decker (or the anonymous lackey reading this):
I read with utter disgust the fact that you jumped ship and switched to the Democratic party today. These sorts of shenanigans maybe be fine for Yankee Republicans-in-name-only like Jim Jeffords, but I thought North Carolinians were above it.
Were you, or were you not elected as a REPUBLICAN? That's what I thought. You should be deeply ashamed.
Have a blast wallowing in the Cesspool Party with all of the baby-killers, sodomites, socialists and race-baiters and election-stealers!
(my real name)
_______ , NC
Just another example of the N.C. Republican Party shooting itself in the foot.
We seem to be adept at quarreling among ourselves.
Great description! I've never been able to figure out why the sheep in this state allow our state legislature to tax us to DEATH, as if we live in New York or Massachusetts.
Oops, the state tax rate is actually LOWER in Massachusetts!