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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Bigboy

November 9th, 2010
3:09 pm

what a joke?

howard

November 9th, 2010
3:11 pm

There is no interest like self interest…

Steve

November 9th, 2010
3:12 pm

The old Dixiecrats have found a home in Georgia’s Republican Party.

Question Man

November 9th, 2010
3:15 pm

What if all the Democrats join the Republican Party? Who will the Republicans have to blame?

Red

November 9th, 2010
3:15 pm

With Sonny and Nathan being switchers, this shows that Georgia Dems are technically still running the show. Nothing like career survivalists running not only the party but the state as well. Is it the people’s interests or their own being served here?

Ed

November 9th, 2010
3:16 pm

I’m sure this story came independently of this post.
http://www.blogfordemocracy.org/2010/11/defections.html

Samuel Gaines

November 9th, 2010
3:17 pm

Come on and join the winning side, boys. It’s only going to get worse for the Democrats.

Gritz Blitz

November 9th, 2010
3:17 pm

The last one out of the Democrat Party turn the lights out.

Rose

November 9th, 2010
3:18 pm

Gives credence to the old adage “if you can’t beat’em JOIN ‘em!!!

my my my………..

GOP

November 9th, 2010
3:18 pm

Dear Question Man,

If the Democrats truly joined with the Republicans, there would be no problems … so there would be no blame.

tyrone from east point

November 9th, 2010
3:23 pm

The Democrats are becoming the party of the misfits, dumb and lazy.

I like Tea

November 9th, 2010
3:23 pm

why doesn’t every politico just identify himself/herself as an independent and they would not have to worry about being right or left?

Roekest

November 9th, 2010
3:24 pm

Welcome to the family! Glad you two got your heads out of your…..

Jimmy Carter

November 9th, 2010
3:25 pm

I would never switch parties…plus the Republicans would never allow me in the GOP. Meanwhile, let’s raise taxes and keep spending.

Jose

November 9th, 2010
3:26 pm

Ureka! There are democrats out there with a brain! The party of Obama & Peolsi is in deep sh*t and it is only going to get worse when you hear what Obama’s explanation for losing the election last week was on 60 minutes. Now Pelosi is going to throw a victory party in DC. WOW!

Rose

November 9th, 2010
3:29 pm

Okay about this: What about a blog on the young Tillman teen who was beaten to death by 4 teens! This violence has got too stop. Too many innoent young people are dying.. If guys are so big and bad and so set on killing…Send them to the War Zone!!What is the mind set of a teen or anybody that can kick, hit, stomp somebody to DEATH!! This is a horrible crime and I think WHEN found guilty they should remain in prison forever! This is a lot different than what Ms. Michaels did…her incident was an ACCIDENT. These guys did this with forethought and MALICE!! This is a shame!!!!

ml

November 9th, 2010
3:35 pm

bad things come from a one party system

John

November 9th, 2010
3:44 pm

I am almost 60 years old and have never voted in a Republican Primary in my life. However, after this year’s election, I have concluded that the only way to have an effec tive voice in state government again in Georgia is to vote in the Republican Primary. It is time for all common sense Georgians to do that so that we can have a real voice again in what matters in this state. Fortunately, Georgia elected very moderate candidates to every statewide post this year. if we all vote as Republicans, we can keep the real right wing nuts out of office in Georgia.

wla

November 9th, 2010
3:44 pm

They both are sell-outs and if they went to the republicans then i hope thy stay there. Doesnt make sense to jump ship just because of everything thats going in the economy,Because the republicans are only going to make things worse for the hard-working poor people of Ga and do everything they can to Fatten the pockets of the Rich and Wealthy Republicans.

term limit man

November 9th, 2010
3:45 pm

1975?
1983?

Time for a cool change
Now that my life is so prearranged
I think that it’s time for a cool change

seriously, term limits

dan

November 9th, 2010
3:48 pm

LIKE I HAVE SAID TIME AFTER TIME IN ABOUT 4 YEAR THE DEMO. WILL HAVE TO CLEAN UP THERE MESS THAT IS WHAT HAPENS EVERY 4 YEARS

Jose

November 9th, 2010
3:48 pm

wla

November 9th, 2010
3:44 pm
Yeah, those dems really have done alot for the poor, like keeping them poor and more dependent on the government. Spoken like a true liberal, you need help from the big nice government to keep you poor. You can have it.

jose

November 9th, 2010
3:50 pm

Enter your comments here. What stupid asses you people are. You can’t think for yourselves so you have to attach yourself to a party. Repugs and Dems both do whats best for themselves. There isn’t a single Repug who is for the people and there isn’t a single Dem who is for the people. You people are to stupid to realize that it’s everyman for himself. As soon as Johnny got reelected he said he was going to give himself a tax cut and you fools voted for him. Dumb as poor people, too stupid to see it ain’t about them and never has been.

Jose

November 9th, 2010
3:50 pm

dan

November 9th, 2010
3:48 pm
If the last two years are the idea of the demo’s cleaning up a mess then please tell them to leave it like it is. They have managed to mess things up worse the before and made Bush look good. Great job demos.

Shake things up...

November 9th, 2010
3:51 pm

The republicans with “one party” rule are the real dictatorial facist regime! But only for a little while, thankfully!

Not to worry Democrats, it is always darkest before dawn. With the state blackening, browning, and yellowing with outreach and organization by the Democrats it will begin to have a better balance of power in Georgia and nationwide.

When the late President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, he predicted this political party flip flop-most of the old Southern Democrats have long switched to the Republicans.

By 20/20 the southern Democratic Party will be stronger than the GOP is now in the state,,,

GOP the fat lady has yet to sing on your forever dominion.

Jose

November 9th, 2010
3:51 pm

jose

November 9th, 2010
3:50 pm

At least have the decency of naming youreslf Jose #2.

wla

November 9th, 2010
3:52 pm

Dont understand why anyone would leave the Democrats and go to the Republicans,I guess their thought is maybe if i switch sides everything will get better,NO!!!! because they are the ones that messed up the economy for the last 8yrs in the first place,Then want to place all the blame on Obama and us Democrats and expect us to fix everything they messed up,Which is straight BS!!!!,Then want to criticize Obama for trying to make right all the wrongs They(Republicans)caused in the first place.

Jose

November 9th, 2010
3:52 pm

jose

November 9th, 2010
3:50 pm
Enter your comments here. What stupid asses you people are. You can’t think for yourselves so you have to attach yourself to a party. Repugs and Dems both do whats best for themselves. There isn’t a single Repug who is for the people and there isn’t a single Dem who is for the people. You people are to stupid to realize that it’s everyman for himself. As soon as Johnny got reelected he said he was going to give himself a tax cut and you fools voted for him. Dumb as poor people, too stupid to see it ain’t about them and never has been.

And learn to freaking spell!

dick

November 9th, 2010
4:02 pm

It was a pure out ole timey blessing to be able to getr a ballot and not have Mark Taylor on it.

Evander Holyfield

November 9th, 2010
4:04 pm

yeah, thats it , be associated with the party who is going to have the first governor and Lt. governor to be indicted by a federal grand jury , who raised taxes on every property owner in the state , who repealed the toughest prediatory lending law in the country that brought on the housing and banking crisis in this state, who held hearings to make sure no one can stick a computer chip in somebody and who passed and signed into law , a law stating it’s alright to pickup roadkill and take it home with you .

Yep, i want to be a part of that party. NOT!!! The Georgia Repubs are a joke.

Jose

November 9th, 2010
4:13 pm

The republicans brought on the housing and banking crisis in this state of georgia? That is a good on Evander.

dan

November 9th, 2010
4:23 pm

JOSE THAT IS THE TROUBLE LIKE YOU THEY ARE TO DUMB AND TO STUPID TO SEE IT SO YOU PEOPLE TELL LIES

Intown

November 9th, 2010
4:26 pm

The transformation of the Republicans into the Georgia Dixiecrats of old, set in motion in 1964 and 1965 is now complete. African-Americans now have all but guaranteed representation in Congress but at the expense of possibly having more seats that lean their way.

dan

November 9th, 2010
4:27 pm

JOSE GET THE ACTUAL FACKS BEFORE TOU RUN YOUR MOUTH

CH

November 9th, 2010
4:28 pm

So when can the GA Democratic party expect the return of their funds for these election campaigns? Money taken on false pretenses is stolen. Of course they wil not return a dime because they are unethical. The GOP can have them, they’ll fit right in.

wondering

November 9th, 2010
4:29 pm

no one should be allowed to switch without resigning, waiting at least a year and running on the proper ticket.

JD

November 9th, 2010
4:32 pm

CH – no party funds given to those candidates – they had no opposition.

GimmeLiberty

November 9th, 2010
4:40 pm

Switched from one govt approved party to the other govt approved party-what’s the difference?

Lobosolo

November 9th, 2010
4:48 pm

No wonder… 8 years of Republican governance and at least 4 more… You guys have done such a STELLAR job… The idiots in this state must really, really like it…

Old Dog

November 9th, 2010
5:02 pm

I guess there’s no need in my trying to become a republican.Because I’m black,which means I’ll be kicked out just like they are about to do to Micheal Steel.I guess it’s that purety thing they’re always talking about.

Boooo

November 9th, 2010
5:02 pm

I am right there with Red. All of the Republicans were Democrats. Therefore, Democrats run the State but are able to blame everything on the Republicans, which is what they claim to be now. Their Mommas didn’t raise no fools!!!!

BillS

November 9th, 2010
5:04 pm

Profiles in courage … men of principles … political scumbags.

Jessie Jackson

November 9th, 2010
5:07 pm

I wonder if the vast majority of the KKK are democrates or republicans.They would’nt be independents because they sometimes vote for minorities.

Jessie Jackson

November 9th, 2010
5:13 pm

Yea scince every republican president scince Nixon failed to balance the budget. They blame the democrates.Think this is a false accusation google it and check it out.Even your beloved Reagan ran up the debt.

EMMA

November 9th, 2010
5:16 pm

Sometimes when there are those that jump ship, you gotta let them jump!!!! One less item on the boat. You don’t have to save it you just have to keep rowing. Whewwwww just be thankful that you didn’t have to waste any energy throwing out the life preserver.

Joh Galt

November 9th, 2010
5:57 pm

“When the late President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, he predicted this political party flip flop-most of the old Southern Democrats have long switched to the Republicans”
So genius explain George Wallace, Lester Maddox, and many other similar Democrats who stayed Democrat….Does this make both parties racist? It is also the REPUBLICANS that voted FOR the civil rights acts that pushed it through. IDIOT.

2 Funny

November 9th, 2010
6:15 pm

Too funny to see all the whiner democrats post on the AJC. If you don’t like the fact that you live in a conservative state, move to a liberal one. California is calling. San Francisco would be great for you. You could spend all your money supporting the illegal and the lazy. You could give them money so they wouldn’t have to work, pay for their rent, and provide them free healthcare. Good times. It would be like Eutopia for you. Please go.

Rafe Hollister

November 9th, 2010
6:16 pm

I grew up with Greene, he is a fine southern gentleman. Glad he and Hanner finally saw the light. They both have always struggled to separate themselves from the National Liberal Socialist Democrat party. Now they do not have to go home and apologize for the actions of their party.

Rafe Hollister

November 9th, 2010
6:18 pm

2funny

But, if they move to California, they will have to give up the Happy Meals and their leaf blowers.

Bill Orvis White

November 9th, 2010
6:27 pm

It makes perfect sense since the Socialist-Democrat party abandoned these fine men years ago. The people in the southern part of Georgia are now better off.
Amen,
Bill

ATL

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…

Magaret01

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.”

GA VOTER

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.

SallyForth

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.

Neil

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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