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.