Two more House Democrats join GOP caucus

Two long-time South Georgia Democratic lawmakers on Tuesday made the switch to the Republican side of the General Assembly.

Reps. Bob Hanner of Parrott and Gerald Greene of Cuthbert are now listed on the Georgia General Assembly’s website as being Republicans.

Neither lawmaker could be reached for immediate comment, but the office of Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, confirmed the changes Tuesday. But Hanner has served as a Democrat in the House since 1975 and Greene was sworn in in 1983, also as a Democrat.

Hanner and Greene join Rep. Alan Powell of Hartwell in leaving the Democratic Party for the GOP in the wake of last week’s Republican sweep of statewide offices.

Their moves now give the Republicans 111 seats in the 180-seat chamber.

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November 9th, 2010
6:34 pm

Sorry right-wingers– Liberal and proud to be living in the very Blue center of GA…
and not going anywhere either…


November 9th, 2010
6:59 pm

We didn’t need those clowns anyway. They really are yellow-belly republicans.

smart dawg

November 9th, 2010
7:03 pm

Zell Miller said it best:
I didn’t leave the democratic party; they left me.”


November 9th, 2010
7:04 pm

The once proud Democrat Party is the party of welfare, abortion, gay marriage, gun control and high taxes.

It should come as no surprise that they’ve lost 150+ years of one-party rule in Georgia.

Roy Barnes may have finally gotten the message !

Will Stockdale

November 9th, 2010
7:18 pm

Hey Ben, maybe you’ll get to like the Air Force…. zooming all over the sky and shouting ROGER and WILCO and everyrhing…. maybe it won’t be so bad.


November 9th, 2010
11:44 pm

Although it is depressing to those of us who are Democratic voters, these moves are clearly because reapportionment begins in January 2011. For those of you who do not know them personally, these are decent, honorable men who have served their districts many years. Unlike the impersonal way of life in Atlanta with people who have moved in from all over the US and the world, these men live in rural communities where most people have families that have lived there for generations. There is a feeling of kinship and personal responsibility that is obviously foreign to most of the posters on this thread. With last week’s sea change in Georgia, they have to protect their long-time constituents as best they can – which means trying to have a voice in the upcoming process of drawing new district lines. Regrettably, the only way their individual rural areas will stand a chance is with representation in the Repub party.

Life-long Georgians know that our state’s Democrats have always been conservative to moderate, never have been in line with the left wing that runs the national party. Newcomers to our state in the last 20 years have brought the form of Democratic politics practiced wherever they used to live and tried to force that down the throats of native Georgia Democrats. This has thrown the state party into total disarray and run off all but the most hardcore long-suffering Democratic voters – now it is running off our long-suffering elected officials also.


November 10th, 2010
9:36 am

To quote Ronald Reagan from 1962….”I didn’t leave the Democrat party, the party left me.”

The Democrats of years ago are were not the heavily left wing ideologues now in the party. Even FDR would be more of a moderate by comparison to Obama or Pelosi. Most Democrats in GA were remnants of the “yellow dog Democrats” that dominated the south since Reconstruction. They have nothing in common with the Obama/Pelosi/Reid Democrats on the national level, and the writing is on the wall in GA.

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