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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The Ghost of Lester Maddox

November 14th, 2010
9:48 pm

Well come on in brother and sister. As King Roy said to Lewis Massey’s supporters, “Just cause we won’t let you in the chior don’t mean you can’t come in the church”.

Ain’t it a wonderful time? We have Repub control in Georgia, lovely political gridlock in Washington, and the promise of continued practical gridlock in Atlanta traffic with the talk of streetcars and ferris wheels. The panhandlers will have a lovely time!!


November 14th, 2010
10:06 pm

This is fine as long as these people understand the Republican party in Georgia is conservative and we do no liberals/progressives are allowed.


November 14th, 2010
10:26 pm

Amy is a good, solid conservative. She’ll be an asset to the republican party. Wish we could get more like her.

NB Forrest

November 14th, 2010
11:01 pm

As long as the Republicans keep the democraps in line and remain conservative supporting what the majority wants then fine. Stray from that then a little tea will need to be served.


November 14th, 2010
11:03 pm

If you both leave then you were never Democrats to start with and need you cards burned…


November 15th, 2010
12:57 am

It is too bad the Independents can’t have their own “real” party and not have to cow cow to the monied ways of the Demo’s and Republicans. everytime I see Nancy Pelosi I think that “one Flew Over the Coo Coo’s Nest” was about politics.

Concerned Voter

November 15th, 2010
5:38 am

If a person runs on one party, and then switches to the other party after being elected, I’m not sure that such a elected official can be trusted. Saying one thing but doing another is not honest.


November 15th, 2010
6:21 am

State Rep. Ellis Black is considering switching to the GOP because the “Democratic Party “has gotten too far to the left and certainly much further to the left of what Georgia is.” Can someone explain why he endorsed and supported one of the left leaning liberals in congress, Nepotism Congressman Sanford Bishop?
This is how RINO’s enter the party.


November 15th, 2010
6:22 am



November 15th, 2010
6:30 am

Another Benedict Arnold – Zell taught ‘em well.

Dunwoody Taxpayer

November 15th, 2010
7:03 am

Two more votes for Milton County. Goodby Dekalb.


November 15th, 2010
7:38 am

Money and power. That’s what it is all about. Conservative agenda, liberal agenda, tea party, democrats, republicans, it aint. It’s money and power.


November 15th, 2010
7:49 am

As a constituent, I didn’t vote for the Democrat party two weeks ago, I voted for Amy Carter. Her representation, values and common sense isn’t dictated by the “D” behind her name. She is fiscally and socially conservative-as is many in our district. She’s worked both sides of the aisle as a D and will continue as an R if she choses that route-that’s the kind of person she has been and will continue to be. She gets things done and works for us-this is a well-known fact…..the initial behind her name doesn’t change her or her votes……


November 15th, 2010
7:56 am

It is sad to see people are allowed to do this. It is a fraud that is committed on people who elected her in the first place. She is no better than a common criminal who flim flams people. If you wnat to switched parties then resign and run again. Don’t do it off the backs of people who previously voted you in. It appears this state is full of crooks in one way or another.

Bait And Switch

November 15th, 2010
8:08 am

If you were so concerned then why not run as a Republican? Oh? Wouldn’t have won? It’s fine to change parties but tacky and underhanded to do so right after the election. Shame on you.

Us vs Us

November 15th, 2010
8:47 am

@NB Forrest = “then a little tea will need to be served”

That’s the most effeminate attempt at a threat I’ve heard in a long time. Lord knows how terrified we all are of misspelled Hitler signs and creepy body suits made up to look like a tea bag.

Chuck Allison

November 15th, 2010
8:48 am

Amy, the Democrats’ immorality and liberalism are not “recent” developments. If you have been comfortable consorting with your fellow Democrats over the past 40 years, then the Republicans should not accept you now.

Travis McGee

November 15th, 2010
9:00 am

So we’re to believe that she had an epiphany. The epiphany was that she could enhance her career in the short and long term by jumping party — aligning with the tea party/republican movement to the right.

Or, maybe she just likes brown shirts.

Travis McGee

November 15th, 2010
9:01 am

“In politics, stupidity is not a handicap!” — Napoleon

Donovan Head

November 15th, 2010
9:23 am

As Former Chairman of the Valdosta State University, I can wholeheartedly attest that State Representative Amy Carter has been an outstanding Representative for her constituents here in her Valdosta district. And nothing would be more delightful to see than her switching parties and becoming a Republican- this would allow our organization to use our resources to help her in her re-election effort.

She has received so much disrespect from Democrats while we Republicans love her. What Democrats should learn from Amy and the South Georgia Delegation representing Lowndes County and the surrounding areas is that party is nothing compared to the issues facing their constituents.
Their overwhelming disregard for that notion is why Democrats suffered a resounding loss this November. So, Amy- come on over WE LOVE YOU!!

Donovan Head

November 15th, 2010
9:30 am

*As Former Chairman of the Valdosta State College Republicans


November 15th, 2010
9:40 am

Gee lets just have all 180 or however many it is members of the Legislature be Republicans. Nothing could possibly go wrong with that. Letting one party go unchecked is always a great idea. Wake up voters.


November 15th, 2010
9:41 am

State has been and will continue to be run by spoiled little rich kids.


November 15th, 2010
9:42 am

Some people vote party tickets. Others vote the candidate. The truly equitable way to switch parties is during an election cycle so that nobody is disenfranchised, regardless of the officeholder polling constituents or not. There is absolutely no valid reason why a party switch can’t wait.


November 15th, 2010
9:58 am

We should look at a persons voting record. She has a consistent conservative voting record. I welcome her switch to the republican party. I have known Amy for a long time and will support her in this decision. She has my full support.

Vote for the best candidates, not a certain party!!!

November 15th, 2010
10:01 am

The Ga Republicans love to talk thrash and flaunt your power in the Democrats face as well as TRYING to crap on Atlanta every chance you get. Without Atlanta, Ga is nothing but another poor Mississippi. Repub. party hasn’t done anything for the State of Ga for 8 yrs!!!!!!!!!!! Look at the facts. But you ignorant country bumpkins won’t do any research on your elected officials ( as long as their white huh!!!!!!!! ) As an Independent voter I carefully checkout the candidates before I vote for him or her. Wise up dumb asses and stop all this Democrat/Republican BS and vote for the best candidate. Deal house won’t be foreclosed on now that he’s been elected. I wonder if he going to help the poor people that voted him in office? I sure didn’t vote for little Bush.


November 15th, 2010
10:05 am



November 15th, 2010
10:05 am

I say it’s left between her and her constituents… I bet half of you are not even in her district. No way to prove that, of course, just a hunch. Anyway, as someone FROM Valdosta, I’d rather have someone up in Atlanta who can bring something to the table. I could care less what party she is a part of. She has proven that she can think for herself, rather than simply follow a party. The problem is uneducated voters who vote party and not candidate. It’s not fraud, or whatever you want to call it, if she still maintains the values and moral that she held when elected. The people who have an issue on that level are probably the ones who walk into the polls and vote straight party. Get over it. We need her up there, as a republican. Atlanta pushes South Georgia aside as it is. The LAST thing we need is no representation in the majority party up there.

VSU Student

November 15th, 2010
10:26 am

As a VSU student and a resident of Valdosta, I have met Amy Carter on several occassions, and she is a great representative for her constituents. She has always looked at both sides of the issues, and voting on behalf of what is best for her constituents, and not what is best for her own self. I applaud Amy Carter for considering the switch of political parties, although I know she will continue to reperesent and speak on behalf of her district no matter what party she affiliates with. It is not the party that matters, but the candidate him or herself. Those who oppose Amy’s decision should consider voting for her beliefs and values rather than the (D) or potential (R) beside her name on the ballot.

VSU Student 2

November 15th, 2010
10:31 am

Agreed. Party is nothing more than a label–it isn’t something that mandates how a candidate must vote, though you’d think it was the way some vote. Amy Carter is truly refreshing though–I can personally attest to her ability to reach across party lines while actually seeking the desires of her constituents. To know her is to love her and we, the one’s who are affected by her decision, appreciate her trying to always do what is best for 175. Whatever she decides to do, I’ll support her. And to those upset because she is switching after an election, if you’ll notice her statement, she is not making a decision until she feels out her district.

Keith Stone

November 15th, 2010
10:37 am

First anybody that has ever spoken to Mrs Carter would know she is NOT a Democrat or a Republican, She is a very smart God fearing American and Georgian. She has never voted for anything because the PARTY wanted her to but she looks at what is best for her district. Rep. Carter is in a position that anyone with half a brain would see that she had been left the Democrat party. To the person that said her district elected a Democrat you my friend have it wrong they elected Amy Carter and she had no Republican or Democrat opposition. I think this speaks to the support she has from what I call real people not the mind numb robots that vote skin color or D or R only. Mrs. Carter has a district that now has no voice at the table and for one would like to see South Georgia have more of a voice there. I am the co-chair of the South Georgi Young Republicans and 1st. Vice Chair of the 1st. Congressional District Republican Party

1 call that's all

November 15th, 2010
10:40 am

We need more Conservatives like Rep. Amy Carter. Rep. Carter will be a great asset to the Republicans. It really doesn’t matter what the people in Atlanta think We vote for Rep. Carter not you. Make the switch Amy

Toby Cash

November 15th, 2010
10:55 am

By all means “Switch” parties. Voter results have shown Georgians to be Conservative.

Concerned Voter

November 15th, 2010
11:49 am

Ms. Carter lied to her constituents when she ran as a Democrat. What else will she be willing to “switch and bait” to get her way? The integrity of her elected-office is greatly jeopardized by this. I feel she is not to be trusted.

1 call that's all

November 15th, 2010
12:16 pm

Concerned voter you my friend have NO clue. Rep. Carter ran as a Valdosta voter that had no opposition. Rep. Carter would win reelection on her record not a party label, I bet you have never had the pleasure of meeting her. I have had she is a fine woman, You are the one to not be trusted, Blind ignorance is very dangerous

George E.

November 15th, 2010
12:17 pm

Democrats are just dying. As the democrats move further and further left, there is no room for the “moderate conservatives” like Carter who are intersted in good governance and in her constituents. It seems that the insiders in the democratic party are recognizing that the Ga. Dems are politically bankrupt. Much like the voters have figured out too.


November 15th, 2010
12:21 pm

King Roy just killed the party. He sucked up all the money and offered no leadership or cohesion to the party. When he failed ( inevitably) against a weak republican the result is folks all over GA evaluating their political future. Barnes hogged all the money. Barnes only ran to salve his bruised ego.
This mess is his fault.


November 15th, 2010
12:30 pm

Concerned Voter–she didn’t lie. She accessed the situation at hand. The Republicans didn’t have a sweeping majority when she ran. Common sense says get with the program or get left behind. Some us in Valdosta…i guess the “other concerned voters” want a voice in Atlanta…that voice is gained through the republican party.

Who Cares?

November 15th, 2010
12:47 pm

Come on, you expect integrity, honesty, and committment from an elected politician these days? Get a grip. There’s obviously something that will benefit her personal interests and finances on the other side of the fence. Wake up people. They’re all crooks!

Fair Play

November 15th, 2010
1:18 pm

If they wake up after an election, having had an epiphany and decide they can no longer support the party under which they were elected, that’s fine. However, they should then be required to pay for another election with all candidates who wish to run for that seat, allowed to do so. They can’t play it both ways.

Concerned Voter

November 15th, 2010
1:32 pm

Some of you “ass”ume more than you really know about my political acquaintances and experiences. If we don’t hold anyone accountable for their word, how does anything really improve? Although I am used to being disappointed by elected officials, it does not mean that I am complacent about expecting integrity from political candidates. I would feel the same way toward a Republican who turns Democrat after an election. It’s wrong to switch parties immediately after an election. I don’t care how sweet, nice, polite, successful, etc., any candidate is. You just don’t mislead your constituents like this. It’s wrong.


November 15th, 2010
2:52 pm

There should be a law outlawing this switching parties after the election. If you want to switch parties then be honest enough to do it before the election so the voters can vote accordingly; this is the cowardly way out.


November 15th, 2010
2:53 pm

I am with “vikesalot.” I voted for Ellis Black…period. Ellis and Amy are the same without regard to a D or R beside their name. Neither had opposition in the recent election so I think that they ran as both a Democrat and Republican. They are both good people and if you don’t live in their district, then keep your mouth shut!

that's about right

November 15th, 2010
3:00 pm

Get over it people. It’s a great move! She has 2 years to show she’s no different. like it’s been said over and over on here…did you vote for a party or a person? If she doesn’t switch, she’ll be with the rest of the minority who is placed aside in Atlanta. As a republican, she can bring a strong voice to the table. The way I see it, the party affiliation is more for Atlanta than it is something for the local level. On a local level, people should know what she stands for and how she votes–that is what matters, and THAT won’t change. GO AMY!

George Boston Rhynes

November 15th, 2010
3:53 pm

Yes, Ms. Carter! You have a right to JOIN the party of the choice. However YOU need to return all monies (YOU) received from the Democratic Party. Then return all votes you received back to the American voters that voted her into office. Then vacate your OFFICE in order to maintain the integrity of America’s Election Process. This will insure that American Voters are NOT disenfranchised by your actions.

Moreover since President Barack Obama took office we see many American Patriots and Christians reveal themselves before the eyes of the world. So please do not be hoodwinked into believing that the Blue Dog Democrats and others will hurt the real people of America or the historical legacy of our 44th Historical President.

Therefore rest assured that in the end “we the people” will win in the end.,

Retired United States Armed Forces Military Veteran
A concerned citizen and brother of all humanity


November 15th, 2010
3:55 pm

Didn’t ol’ Nate the Snake Deal pul this same switcheroony chicanery a few years back ? And he is the best we can do ? Speaks volumes about the intelligence of voters.

Older and Wiser

November 15th, 2010
5:02 pm

Freed from all the politically correct nonsense, and liberal double-speak of the Democrat Party, Amy Carter would be better able to represent the wishes of her constituents. She would make a great GOP legislator, and would be a most welcome addition to the Republican caucus.


November 15th, 2010
5:10 pm

I would love to see Amy move officially to the right. She has been a conservative voter for years and I think she really understands what the people of Valdosta want, a strong conservative government in Georgia.


November 15th, 2010
6:35 pm

@ BW-Ronald Reagan did it too…I think he turned out just fine.

Go Amy!

November 15th, 2010
6:40 pm

Common sense, really. Why wouldn’t she switch. The ONLY thing holding Amy Carter back is the (D) sadly. Let’s face it, the democratic party is DEAD and will be for many years to come in Georgia. This is a woman with more potential than most legislators will ever know. The sky is the limit for her, and I have no doubt that she will make Valdosta proud. I guess her supporters can follow her to the top while you naysayers try to grab her coat tail when she gets there. I don’t think state rep is the peak for her. She has what it takes to go anywhere. Switching parties is just a step in that development

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.