Arizona Senator Carlyle Begay Leaves the Switches to GOP

Hat-Tip, LR:

Begay Leaves Democratic Party Citing Better Opportunities for District’s Education, Infrastructure, Employment Issues as Member of GOP

PHOENIX – This morning Chairman Robert Graham of the Arizona Republican Party enthusiastically welcomed Senator Carlyle Begay, who was elected as a Democrat to represent Arizona’s Legislative District 7 but today switched his party registration to Republican. He also joined the GOP caucus in the Arizona Senate, at an event held today at the Arizona State Capitol in Phoenix. District 7 is the nation’s largest state legislative district by area and includes most of Northeastern Arizona including eight different tribal lands.

“My relationship with Senator Begay has grown over the years and I am so proud to see him join with our party so he can better serve the people of his district,” said Arizona Republican Party Chairman Robert Graham. “Republicans have proven to have a much more successful approach on the issues important to not just his district but all of Arizona, like education and economic prosperity, and I’m looking forward to working with him to improve opportunities for his community.”

Begay was appointed to the Arizona Senate in 2013 and was reelected in 2014. He released a brief video documenting his upbringing as a Navajo (or Diné) and his lifelong political journey and strong desire to better serve the constituents of his district.

Deuce Bigalow, Male Gigolo makes a ringing endorsement for California Assemblyman Tim Donnelley`s run for Governor of California.

Via The Blaze and PolitiChicks:

(I have started uploading videos from The Daily Caller and other places [Breitbart and PolitiChicks for example] because there seems to be a wave of videos that just start playing on their own and your volume is up loud and you wake your spouse? Come-on! I have made this “blogger friendly” so the user can choose to play it. Choice. This “friendliness” should behoove the video’er — if that’s a word? — to follow suit in order that they can get their site/URL known more widely because it can be embedded without startling the be-Jesus out of someone.)

Sen. Elbert Guillory Explains Why He Switched Parties (to the GOP)

Via The Blaze:

I will include my message to him on FaceBook, as, it will offer people here some resources as well:

Sen. Guillory. I loved your video. I would be honored if you read (no need to comment on it) my shorter post about my recent trip to Hawaii with the wife. I was only in one political discussion during the entire 14-day cruise, and I document the exchange in the hot-tub:

You would also enjoy Larry Elder’s Explanation of the Differences Between the Parties (Democrat & Republican):

I also have some resources you may have already watched [?], but that are very enjoyable to recommend to fellow travelers, they are three parts from a series by David Barton:

Great Black Patriots From American History (Part 1)

From Bondage To the Halls of Congress (Part 2)

The Civil Rights Movement (Part 3)

Keep up the hard work Senator, my prayer are with you, and much thought and comradery your way.

Major Democrat[s] Switches Parties

Via HotAir:

He’s not just any Democrat. This is a guy who gave a seconding speech for O’s nomination four years ago at the convention and was the southern regional co-chair for the DCCC. With those credentials, the PR value to the GOP of having him dump his old party to become a Republican would be huge under any circumstances. Factor in the symbolism of a young black Harvard-trained pol abandoning the Dems in the middle of Obama’s reelection campaign and you’ve got a GOP folk hero in the making. From his blog post announcing his party switch:

Remember these stories… well this trend has continued! For example:

7 local elected officials switch to GOP

A sheriff in central Mississippi said Wednesday he’s switching from Democrat to Republican because of President Barack Obama’s support of same-sex marriage.

During a news conference at the state Republican headquarters in Jackson, Leake County Sheriff Greg Waggoner said he has run as a Democrat since 1999 but voted for Republicans for president and governor. He said he has nothing against local Democrats, but he decided to switch parties after Obama and Vice President Joe Biden recently said, within days of each other, that they support same-sex marriage.

“In the past few years, as we have heard and as we know, the Democratic Party has taken an extreme left turn – and the things that have come out the last few weeks when our national Democratic leaders have endorsed same-sex marriage,” Waggoner said. “I’m Christian, and my first allegiance is to Jesus Christ. There comes a time when you have to stand on what you believe in. And I can no longer have any connection with the Democratic Party if that’s the route that they’re going to take.”

Several people at the news conference said “Amen” as Waggoner spoke. Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, House Speaker Philip Gunn and Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann were among those who applauded the sheriff’s statement.

Republican U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, who’s seeking re-election this year, said after the news conference that he agreed with Waggoner’s criticism of Obama on same-sex marriage.

“I think that the sheriff today represented grass-roots America in what he said,” Wicker said.

State Republican Party chairman Joe Nosef announced during the news conference that Waggoner and Newton County Sheriff Jackie Knight are among seven local officials switching to the GOP. The others were a Justice Court judge and a constable from Jones County and the coroner, a supervisor and a Justice Court judge from Leake County.

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The Daily Caller has this:

Penn. Democratic leader defects to GOP, cites Catholic faith as reason

The defection of a prominent Pennsylvania Democrat to the Republican Party is raising some eyebrows.

Jo Ann Nardelli, a state committeewoman and founding president of the Blair County Federation of Democratic Women, has switched her political affiliation to the GOP, citing her Catholic faith and President Obama’s embrace of gay marriage as reasons.

During a press conference last week, Nardelli cited President Obama’s recent announcement in support of gay marriage as a central reason for her defection, endorsed Mitt Romney for president and changed her party registration to Republican, The Altoona Mirror reported.

“As the Democratic Party has taken the stand for same-sex marriage, then I must make a stand on my faith that marriage is between a man and a woman. God’s principles for life never change. His guidelines, given in Scripture, produce fruitful lives when you follow them,” Nardelli, a pro-life Democrat for more than 40 years, said at the Blair County Courthouse.


In an interview with the National Catholic Register, Nardelli claimed to not know any Republicans. She asserted, like the party-switching Ronald Reagan in 1962, that the Democratic Party had strayed from values with which she could agree.

“I thought I could make a difference to change our party. It didn’t work,” she said. “I noticed that it’s been going more and more to the left. This is not my father’s party. I did not leave the party; the party left me.”

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Democrats Jumping Ship-Again (Updated)

This is a growing phenomenon! Previously I posted a story about 11 defections to the GOP.

In the past couple of weeks, at least 11 Democratic state legislators have switched sides — one in South Dakota, one in Maine, , one in Louisiana, two in Georgia, and four in Alabama. In Louisiana, the switch gives Republicans control of one house of the government for the first time since Reconstruction; in Alabama, the Republicans control both houses for the first time since 1874.

Read more: RPT Gains and Defections

Now this. Here is the first recent story from Libertarian Republican:

And then there’s this breaking news from the Statesman:

Democratic Rep. Aaron Peña of Edinburg hinted Saturday about making the switch to the GOP.

Reading between the lines, or more accurately the Tweats, leads one to the conclusion that it’s much more than a “hint.” From Peña who is on vacation outside of the State:

“Hard not to notice the stir back in Texas. Change is always difficult.”

The south Texas Rep. is described as one of the last remaining “conservative” Democrats, and is a close ally of Republican Speaker Joe Strauss.

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Gateway Pundit has news on more Dem-to-GOP switches:

Texas Democrat Allan Ritter told associates he is switching parties next week. The move will give Republicans a super-majority in the Texas chamber.

Texas Tribune reported, via Free Republic:

State Rep. Allan Ritter, D-Nederland, is telling associates he will switch to the Republican Party next week. Ritter was not immediately available for comment.

That would give the GOP a 100-member supermajority in the Legislature’s lower chamber — a number that allows them to pass constitutional amendments and other matters without seeking support from the Democrats.

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This news comes from Libertarian Republican:

….From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “Two black Democrats bolt party for GOP”

Two African-American Democrats [Actually three] 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.

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.”


Walker is publisher of the highly popular Georgia politica blog Georgia Unfiltered. The blog reports:

His wife, Lauren, who is also politically active, will join Ashley in the Republican Party.

Significantly, as the Gainseville Times points out, Lauren Bell was a Barack Obama delegate to the 2008 Democrat National Convention.

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