Another statehouse Democrat talks about a possible party switch

Georgia Rep. Amy Carter, D-Valdosta, confirmed today she is considering switching to the Republican Party in the state Legislature.

“I have yet to reach a decision about switching to the Republican Party,” she said in a statement she released today. “I am currently seeking the advice and thoughts of my constituents in order to determine what is best for Valdosta as a whole.

“As a moderate conservative, I am concerned about the recent direction that the Democratic Party has taken. I fear it has become disconnected from rural Georgia. Ultimately, I have a lot to consider, but I will not make a final decision until I have had time to fully evaluate the desires of my district.”

She is one of at least two House Democrats from Valdosta who are considering making a switch. Rep. Ellis Black, D-Valdosta, confirmed Friday he is also weighing moving to the GOP, complaining the national Democratic Party “has gotten too far to the left and certainly much further to the left of what Georgia is.”

Three House Democrats have switched parties since the Nov. 2 election. Those defections left the House split among 111 Republicans, 68 Democrats and one independent. The Republicans now have their largest majority since Reconstruction. For the GOP, reaching 120 members in the House would be huge as it takes that many votes to pass proposed constitutional amendments or to override a gubernatorial veto.

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Brian Sirmans

November 15th, 2010
6:41 pm

I know Amy Carter and I have seen the style of leadership she has given the people of her district, and it has been unwavering. She is a hard working, conservative lady, who stands up for those she represents. I feel that if she decided to switch to the Republican Party that it would be one more vote on our side standing up for those of us in rural Georgia. Amy, we are behind you 100% no matter what decision you make! We know that what ever decision you make will be what you feel is best for the people you represent. God Bless You!

Concerned Voter

November 15th, 2010
6:57 pm

It doesn’t matter what a great leader she is. She just proved her true loyalty, and her loyalty does not go to the ones who elected her. If Carter feels she should be a Republican, then she should not have accepted any funding from the Democrats. If she had not accepted Democrat money, then I would have no problem with this. As it is, her integrity as a political leader is tarnished.

Jody Hall

November 15th, 2010
8:14 pm

I think both Amy and Ellis have shown over the last few years that they are conservative in their vote. We need more like thim, and I will spport eather one no matter which side of the isle they sit on.

1 call that's all

November 15th, 2010
9:13 pm

Concerned Voter you prove yet again you have no idea what you are talking about. Amy Carter does not need the Democrats money and has given her money to them as a candidate. Rep. Carter should make the switch and the sooner the better.


November 15th, 2010
9:45 pm

Concerned Voter–sometimes it boils down to more than money… IF someone supports her financially it is because they support her, not the the D. and if they just did it for the D–well that’s what is wrong with this country anyway. Would you be happy if any donor who donated only because of the D got a refund? Really…I’d be willing to guanratee that nothing will change about how she votes. So what’s the problem? You’re acting like she morphs into another human being by changing a title. IF she were to change her voting habits or values, THEN you’d have an arguement.


November 15th, 2010
9:46 pm

Um, yeah she just proved her true loyalty–it’s to her constituents, not a party.

glad we have a real leader

November 15th, 2010
11:26 pm

Watching some of these responses just makes me all the more glad we have someone like Amy as our state rep who knows when and how to make a change and a decision, even at the risk of being verbally slaughtered over a blog. There are times when people must make a difficult choice–often the most difficult have the greatest capacity to affect positive change. This is one of those times for her and I’m glad she knows when to move. NOW is the time to move if you want to be taken seriously. I’m just glad she’s more worried about making a difference than what people think of her. Some of the people on here have absolutley no clue what it takes to do this. It’s not an easy way out by any means.

Reality counts

November 16th, 2010
8:20 am

If she is a “moderate conservative” then there is no room for her in the new Republican Party – only right-wing true believers are allowed. There is nothing moderate about increasing the federal debt by $700 billion dollars so that millionaires can get a tax break. Our children will be paying for that forever.

Concerned Voter

November 16th, 2010
9:33 am

I think that most of you would be upset if you gave money to a cause and discovered that the money was instead given to something you do not support. Yes, money is an issue. Money is the necessary evil we live with. You cannot live on ideals alone; you must have something of substance to sustain life. I am not attacking Amy Carter personally. I’m sure she is a fine person, but her political actions bring much doubt about her loyalty.


November 16th, 2010
10:02 am

Any validity to rumors that a Gwinnett Democrat will switch and then retire before the 2012 election?

Karl Marx

November 17th, 2010
9:21 am

RINOS! Heck most of then are RINOS

Billy in Savannah

November 18th, 2010
12:56 pm

I have always had very little respect for someone to abandon the political party they just ran under because that party was defeated. The Dems will be back in four years after the GOP totally finishes wrecking this state (which I love). They just be expelled from the party for even talking about it. Show some guts GA DEMs (that is one of your problems) and expel them.

Be Honest

November 18th, 2010
4:30 pm

If Amy wants to switch to the Republican Party and help provide Nathan Dean with special tax breaks like the Republican legislature did for Sonny Perdue, she needs to do it at the time of the next election; not immediately after winning this election (and the good Lord only know that Nathan Deal apparently needs some special financial assistance). That would be the honorable thing to do. People voted for her with the understanding that she was a Democrat, representing all Georgians and not just the rich. I know Amy Carter very well, and I thought she had more integrity than this. I hope I am proved correct.

Rather Fight Than Switch

November 18th, 2010
5:03 pm

I have known Amy Alexander Carter for a very long time. I thought she had principles that were admirable until now. Since I voted for her, this recent decision is appalling!! Well, she will never get my support again. Her lack of judgment is definitely showing now…..the Decline and Fall of Amy Alexander Carter…..So let it be written–so let it be done.