This was a little piece of news buried in the pile that for was overlooked by much, if any, news coverage. It’s no secret that Democrats are scurrying for cover -especially those who will be coming back up for election in the next couple of years. The political winds are blowing strong and leave many feeling uncomfortable and as a result it looks like the GOP will be welcoming two who have decided to leave the Democratic party.
Two African-American Democrats on Thursday announced that they were joining the Republican Party.
Hall County Commissioner Ashley Bell and former state executive committee member Andre Walker said the Democratic Party had grown too liberal and they are finding a new home with the Republicans.
The state GOP touted Bell as the first black elected official in modern times in Georgia to leave the Democrats for the GOP. But that distinction belongs to former state Sen. Roy Allen of Savannah, who joined the Republican Party in 1994.
Bell was introduced as a Republican at a news conference Thursday at party headquarters.
“My district is pretty Republican as it is,” Bell told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “My wife and I have been thinking about this for six months.”
He said they are both conservative “and the Democratic Party has been our home. The party had conservatives and liberals both in the party. [But] this election showed us the liberal wing of the Democratic Party is very, very strong. If your’e a conservative, it became more difficult to be in the Democratic Party.”
Not an easy decision…I’m wondering if these two might end up needing protection!