Democratic state senator switches parties

Joining the parade of House Democrats who joined the Republican Party since the Nov. 2 election, Sen. Tim Golden of Valdosta announced Monday he will join the GOP caucus.

Golden, recently elected to an 11th term in the General Assembly, becomes the first Democrat to switch parties in the Senate. Five House members have left the Democratic caucus for the GOP.

“I am changing my party affiliation in order to better represent the views of the majority of my constituents and my own conservative, pro-business philosophy,” Golden said in a statement. “Our state continues to face great challenges. As a member of the majority caucus, I will be able to more effectively represent the people of the 8th District on important issues including the annual state budget, tax reform, reapportionment and helping our businesses put more Georgians back to work.”

Republican leadership said they welcome Golden to their side.

“He has been a real leader on issues that help create jobs and support Georgia business,” Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers, R-Woodstock, said in a statement. “We have long felt his ideology is a good fit for the Republican Party.”

Golden’s move gives the Republicans 36 seats in the Senate to 20 for the Democrats, leaving the GOP two votes shy of a two-thirds “super majority.”

Golden’s move means every member of the Lowndes County delegation is now Republican.

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November 30th, 2010
8:11 pm

who cares with which party a lawmaker claims affiliation. Not one member of the General Assembly is there to represent his or her constituents. Each one is there for his or her own personal benefit.

tom mitchell

November 30th, 2010
8:12 pm

DWW44…You are dead-on right. Please forgive the moronic idiots who post here because they really don’t have a life worth anything. I respect your opinion and wish you well. Georgia needs more folks like you.


November 30th, 2010
9:29 pm

some of you clowns make me laugh, I have a masters and live in an expensive downtown building. Am I one of your “tobacco chewing uneducated rednecks”? haha your misery humors me


November 30th, 2010
9:36 pm

For those picking: really. marshall tucker? Way way back, I walked into Richard’s night club over on Monroe Drive and a band from Carolina was tearing the house down. I’ve enjoyed marshall tucker for untold hours since.


November 30th, 2010
9:38 pm

Sad about the Caldwell brothers.

Lynn Tessin

November 30th, 2010
10:19 pm

We Lowndes County citizens are proud of our Senator and 2 House members. We elect them for who they are, ,not for the party they represent. You won’t find any 3 legislators/senator that are finer, more honest people who are concerned about their constituents than Rep. Black, Rep. Carter, and Sen. Golden. I am proud to know them and to have them look out for my friends and me while serving in Atlanta.

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November 30th, 2010
10:49 pm

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Atlas S.

December 1st, 2010
7:53 am

Another politician sees the light.

NB Forrest

December 1st, 2010
8:58 am

I hope Tyron Brooks and the rest of the Black caucus realizes that when you lashed out at the Confederate Emblem on the Georgia Flag you may have changed the flag……….but the long term result has been to eliminate white democrats…..Now you really are a minority…especially when it comes to running the State….Payback is a bitch eh?


December 1st, 2010
9:47 am

For what it’s worth, Tim Golden ran unopposed — there was no repukelican candidate. If he switched to “R” before he likely would have received token opposition and won anyway. He just wants to caucus with like conservatives in the caucus that has power. Ahh, the dummycrats, we’re left with blacks and women. Hate that.


December 1st, 2010
9:50 am

Why have democrats left their party to join the conservatives? Because the DNC is controlled by liberals. America was taken in by the carisma of some liberal leaders but when the real intentions of the progressive liberals were revealed America has turned away. DEMOCRATS TAKE BACK YOUR PARTY! Get rid of the progressive liberals.


December 1st, 2010
10:12 am

By the way, Rodney Harris of Gwinnett county has just been elevated to the position of Recorders Court judge. He will be the second full time, African American judge in Gwinnett county. In another three years, maybe state court?

Concerned Voter

December 1st, 2010
11:56 am

Shame on Tim Golden for not being honest enough to change political parties until after the election. His integrity is now as weak as Amy Carter’s.

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December 2nd, 2010
5:27 pm

You’re a gutless coward Golden. I hope you are feeling overwhelming amounts of guilt for letting down so many people who supported you.