Theodore's World: Nine Texas Democrats Switch to GOP

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January 25, 2011

Nine Texas Democrats Switch to GOP

Nine Texas Democrats switch to the GOP

The not at all slow death of the Texas Democratic Party continues. I’ve just gotten word via press release that nine local Democrats up in northeast Texas just switched parties to become Republicans.

From the release:

In what is believed to be one of the largest number of officeholders to change party affiliation in Texas, Lamar County GOP Chairman John Kruntorad and State Representative Erwin Cain announced today that 9 local elected Democrats have joined the Republican Party. This announcement follows unprecedented election gains by the GOP in 2008 and 2010 as Northeast Texans increasingly identify with the conservative platform of the Republican Party.

Those joining the Republican Party include District Attorney Gary Young; Pct. 1 County Commissioner Lawrence Mallone; Pct. 1 Justice of the Peace (JP) Don Denison; Pct. 3 JP Tim Risinger; Pct. 4 JP Ken Ruthart; Pct. 5, Place 1 JP Cindy Ruthart; Pct. 1 Constable Madaline Chance; Pct. 3 Constable Larry Cope; and Pct. 5 Constable Gene Hobbs.

They join a few dozen who switched from D to R in Texas leading up to the 2010 elections, and the two state Reps. who switched parties after the elections (bringing the total of state Reps. switching from D to R, to three). And today’s group of switchers is jumping ship in an area that has been considered yellow dog Democrat for generations.

Wild Thing's comment......

Most will be RINO's but I want to think positive for now about this and we have to remember that President Reagan at one time had been a democrat. Not a far leftie like dems are now but even so a democrat.

Posted by Wild Thing at January 25, 2011 03:55 AM


The Great One was a Democrat at one time and he even admits it, like in this typical Reagan response.

Posted by: BobF at January 25, 2011 09:46 AM

These guys are probably weak willed politicians. They would switch back the other way if the situation merited. The good thing about it is that it shows a long time Democrat stronghold is becoming conservative.

Posted by: TomR,armed in Texas at January 25, 2011 10:52 AM

Either way its good news.

Posted by: Mark at January 25, 2011 04:15 PM

Bov, thanks for the video.

Tom, that is good news. I was not sure about the area.

Mark, yes, it will not be making the dem party happy.

Posted by: Wild Thing at January 26, 2011 03:15 AM