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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JustMyOpinion

November 29th, 2010
11:30 am

I believe any member elected under a party should be made to serve out their term under that party. If they chose to switch parties are an election, then I think a special election should be held to replace them within the party they were elected to serve. This bait and switch should not be allowed and is in my opinion unethical. The voters voted for a person to represent them in the Democratic party, and should have a representative for that party until the end of the term. If I were a voter in Valdosta or any other area where once elected the person switched, I would call for a special election to fill the vacancy, and I would ask that person to step down as my representative. I find it suspicious that someone would change just weeks after being elected by trusting constiuents.

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Bait And Switch

November 29th, 2010
11:56 am

Shame on you, Tim Golden.

JustMyOpinion

November 29th, 2010
12:02 pm

I don’t know why my first e-mail didn’t make it. But as I said before I think anyone who runs under one party and then switches after winning the nomination for that party, should have to relinquish that seat and a special election be held to fill it. In my opinion it is unethical to run and be elected by voters who expected a democratic representative to represent them, and then that person switches just weeks after the election. A bill should be passed that maintains that whatever party you are elected under, you should at least have to serve out your term under that party – that is what your constituents elected you under. If he had wanted to run under the Republican ticket, then he should have done so, but to lie to his Democratic constiuents, win and then switch is just wrong.

Sandra

November 29th, 2010
12:08 pm

Just my opinion,
I totally agree with you and it doesn’t matter which party they run under. It’s unethical but I guess who said politicians had any ethics….certainly at least in Georgia. It’s all about power and control.

Randy

November 29th, 2010
12:50 pm

Give Cynthia Tucker 15 minutes this will be a racist issue by then and she will have something to write about in her next column.

Nothing but the truth

November 29th, 2010
1:52 pm

They are all whores. Use of any other word to describe a Georgia politician does not capture their essence appropriately. They are all whores.

Lawrence

November 29th, 2010
2:14 pm

You are so right, Randy.

Frank

November 29th, 2010
2:27 pm

If Senator Golden truly feels that the GOP better represents his constituents and his “conservative, pro-business philosphy” why didn’t he run as a Republican? By waiting until after the election, Mr. Golden has shown that he is either untrustworthy or unsure of himself, either of which should make him unsuitable for public office.

Zooey

November 29th, 2010
2:36 pm

Shame on you Mr. Golden! How do you people have the audacity to even pretend that you represent your constituents?

killerj

November 29th, 2010
2:49 pm

Take it as you want,Dem,s committed suicide in the elections and they get what they deserve,I,ll be damed I,m cattle being told “I have to”,they serve “us” not “them”(who?),Goldman & Sach,s coming for you baby.Go Tea Party.

double

November 29th, 2010
3:11 pm

I second the motion,say Amen to @just my opinion.If elected D or R law you must serve out the term before switching parties.

oldschooldog

November 29th, 2010
5:06 pm

I’m changing my name to “oldschoolwareagle.” Unless South Carolina wins.

Gunluvr

November 29th, 2010
5:56 pm

He did the right thing considering that he wants to hold onto his seat. This is a Republican red meat state and there’s very little room for liberal Democrats outside of metro-Atlanta in the legislature. Things are as good as they’re going to get for them.

Allea

November 29th, 2010
6:31 pm

So what???? It makes no sense really because the Repugs are doing what they want to do in Gerogia anyway. And while the average red neck Georgian is chewing tobacco and waving the Confederate flag …..the first thing the Repugs have on their agenda is raising tazes (just as they did on Property taxes last year) on the average citizen while giving the Corporate guys a break. Yes and that includes raising taxes on Grocery as well. As long as white georgians stay uneducated and racist the Repugs can ensure their place in power……and thats not bitterness its reality….and I am laughing at the stupity of you small minded people LOL

Allea

November 29th, 2010
6:32 pm

That is Georgia before you spelling stalkers correct me….UGH

cs

November 29th, 2010
6:43 pm

Allea my dear. Its democrats fault the republicans are in charge. Yall just keep calling bashing our flags and calling us racist for everything under the sun and we will keep voting anti-democrat. After all, we can stand it if yall can.

Allea

November 29th, 2010
6:46 pm

CS hey I have enough money to tough out the Repugs in office but when I past some of the broken down trailer parks and see uneducated whites with Nathan Deal signs in their yard I have to shake my head….the Repugs banks on you staying ignorant.

Thomas

November 29th, 2010
7:47 pm

“NONE OF THE ABOVE”….

Gene J

November 29th, 2010
9:00 pm

Well just so long as he maintains Georgia’s standing as nearly the worst state in the union and has no intention of improving access to better government, who really cares?. And, if he joyfully participates in his new party’s ongoing lip service to the state’s intent to set up high risk pools for those deemed “uninsurable”, while never actually doing so, our high mortality, and insured rate should continue to get progressively worse. It is a win-win, pro-job, pro-business, stance for the mortuaries and a definite aid to population growth. And, our outrageous high school drop out rate, will surely provide jobs to the mighty prison-complex. This will also help make sure no one gets “HOPE” needlessly in Georgia (cuz that would be a “real” be a crime). One other thing we can be happy about: State parks will charge higher and higher fees for park entries and overnight stays (for us Joe-the Plumber types), while local governments all over the state continue to offer free general aviation aircraft landings because of all subsidies taxpayers so generously and continuously shell out , directly or indirectly (through dubious and or criminal allocations), because they give a lot of money to politicians.

Dark, mean, days are ahead.

You Idiot

November 29th, 2010
9:08 pm

Anybody else think Allea is a little hypocritical calling white people ignorant when she puts up post like those last two?

Anita

November 29th, 2010
9:12 pm

This should be against the law. If he wanted to be a republican he shoulds have run as a republican. Enough is enough. We should not allow this to continue to happen. I am fed up with the crooked politics here in Georgia. He should withdraw and a special election be held. The Democrats won this seat not the republicans. I will be contacting someone about this.

No Deal

November 29th, 2010
10:07 pm

It is amazing how a few people can take a good chat and destroy it with igorant comments. As a number of people have stated, it is simply unethical for a policitcian to get elected as a representative of one party and change party afiliation after the election. Republicans and Democrats have pulled this stunt locally and nationally.

This issue has nothing to do with race. The ignorant comments regarding race demonstrates the lack of maturity and civility of portions of the electorate.

Allea

November 29th, 2010
10:15 pm

I walked the streets of my neighborhood for Obama during the election and there were many homes waving confederate flags —and this is right across from my sprawling new subdivision in a community of older (many rundown) smaller homes where there were absolutely no black people,,,,nada. And the comments I received…Oh boy.,,I wrote about it in an email to all of my friends…I thought I was back in the days of segregation. The hate is tremendous…lets not kid ourselves…we know what its about…we can sugarcoat it all day but I am not buying it…..and how does this relate to this topic….ok let me go very slowly so that those educated in Georgia can understand. There is so much hate in Georgia for the President (overwhelmingly because he is black) that the Repugs turned out in force at election time. So the turncoats are afraid they will lose their cushy government job and they flee the Democratic party because they know in this State they don’t have a chance in any area that has a predominatly white voting block. Sorry that’s the truth and the Bible says the truth shall make you free.

cs

November 29th, 2010
10:35 pm

Allea my dear, personally, I aint crazy enough to walk through a black neighborhood. But even black race baiters like yourself know its perfectly safe to walk through a white one.

Dawgs88

November 29th, 2010
11:34 pm

Allea the only ignorant racist moron is you. I say that because not every white Georgian waves a Confederate flag as a symbol of hate like the LIBERAL media tries to portray. I am a strong supporter of the Confederate flag because it’s my heritage and I have plenty of black friends to prove I’m no racist bigot. You’re just another liberal narrow minded idiot that has no clue of what they’re talking about. Who are you to judge the poor country folks of Georgia? Do you know them personally? NOOOOOOO you don’t. That makes you the ignorant racist. Don’t always judge a book by its cover Allea. I thought you liberals were supposed to be smart enough to know all this lol. Oh and take this from a history and political science major, the Confederate flag was not seen as a major racist symbol until those bigots in the KKK starting waving it in the 1960’s. Once again not every white rural southerner was in the klan like you liberals think. Oh and by the way don’t bash the country folks for being stupid, when the Atlanta Public Schools are the worst in the state :P

GA all the way

November 30th, 2010
1:41 am

Could not have said it better Dawgs88. Good job

allwhiteythen

November 30th, 2010
2:19 am

has president bojangles been notified?

Whiteandstupid

November 30th, 2010
4:43 am

You just proved Allea’s point. Republicans don’t give a damn about the poor ass white people that vote for them, but they know how to use their racial ignorance and fear to get their vote. Georgia will get what it deserves because of it hatred.

BitterEXdemocrackkk

November 30th, 2010
6:19 am

Glad Mr. Golden was smart enough to finally extricate himself from the ORIGINAL ‘party’ of SLAVERY!

pete

November 30th, 2010
7:37 am

they all do this,they work for the same goverment.Goverment is a system to divide the people and keep them in slavery.

Seth

November 30th, 2010
7:57 am

I love when people us the following statement ” The confederate flag is part of my heritage”. So you are proud of a movement which was treasonists in nature and believed in maintaining the status quo in the south which at that time was slavery. I don’t know about you but to many people in my family have fought for this beautiful country and the freedom it stands for, thus I have no sympathy or niether do I understand any one who support the treasonist efforts of the confederacy. So Dawgs88 you can keep fooloing yourself with the ” I’m supporting my heritage crap”…….

for those picking on cynthia tucker

November 30th, 2010
8:16 am

there is racism in this state, this country and someone has to keep it on the front burner. It should not be swept under the rug. And sadly, many of today’s issues are affected by discrimination and racism.

And in case you’re wondering, i’m a southern, protestant white boy who still loves cale yarborough, marshall tucker, and red eye gravy.

for those picking on cynthia tucker

November 30th, 2010
8:18 am

Dawg88 – by your own admission, you are living in the past. Come and join us as we move together towards the future.

for those picking on cynthia tucker

November 30th, 2010
8:20 am

good points Seth – the confederates tried to destroy the united states! So, you could classify them as the original terrorists right?

Jihadists = Secessionists They both want to destroy the US. That’s some excellent heritage we are carrying…

Tim in Atlanta

November 30th, 2010
8:55 am

Phil Gramm of Texas resigned his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives triggering a special election so he could run (and be elected) as a republican in the early 1980s. He had the moral courage to switch parties in a honorable way.

These party switches are just another demonstration that the self preservation gene in politicians is the dominant gene above all others.

These party switchers have yellow (or Golden) streaks down their backs a mile wide. A Wuss is a wuss is a wuss, no matter how many times they switch parties.

SOUTHERN ATL

November 30th, 2010
9:30 am

This should be illegal. There were other Republicans that could have been more representative of their district than him. This will be bad for Valdosta State University.

wow

November 30th, 2010
9:33 am

Now Nathan Deal can sing that Hank Williams song with a twist(ALL MY CROOKED FRIENDS ARE HERE ON MONDAY NIGHT)

dww44

November 30th, 2010
9:35 am

To cs’s comment about not being brave enough to walk thru a Black Area and to Allea’s comments about her experiences walking thru white neighborhoods in 2008 while campaigning for Obama, I am an older white lady, a lifelong Democrat, who also walked the streets in 2008 of Black neighborhoods here in Macon. Never once was I cursed, threatened, or otherwise made to feel uncomfortable, including by those hordes of young black men standing around with no jobs. To a person, they were always respectful. Allea is correct when she notes that poor whites who displayed Nathan Deal signs were voting against their own economic interests. I have no doubts about the prejudice that Allea encountered in her neighborhood campaigning and she is NOT the person on this thread who is racist.

My daughter, who lives in suburban Northeast Atlanta, had an Obama sticker on the back of her minivan in 2008 and on one occassion was followed closely home by a white guy in a pickup truck, making sure that she saw the middle finger he had raised at her. She had two young toddlers traveling with her.

Racism is alive and well in these parts and the Republican party, expert at dog whistle politics, has parlayed itself into power by capitalizing on that ability, as evidenced by many who post here. It’s a sad day indeed for this state that we have become totally dominated by the GOP which has NO real concern about the little person, only making sure that we end up with a tax system that is regressive and the opposite of “Fair”.

deadelvis

November 30th, 2010
10:55 am

If Georgia is so bad, move. I kinda like it. Atlanta, not so much, it’s a dead city. But you have to look at how and who has been running it.. They even mucked up the olympics.
This thread is funny, keep it going, I need the entertainment.

JoeDon

November 30th, 2010
1:05 pm

Ray Charles said (sang) it best: “Georgia On My Mind!”

Bags Packed

November 30th, 2010
1:12 pm

If Georgia is so bad, move. I kinda like it. Atlanta, not so much, it’s a dead city. But you have to look at how and who has been running it.. They even mucked up the olympics.

If you are willing to purchase me a one way ticket out of here, purchase my home and give me another job in the city that you are sending me to, I am ready!

Tim

November 30th, 2010
1:22 pm

Why didn’t the Atlanta Journal-Constitution mention the lawsuit against Dekalb Superior Court candidate Michael Rothenberg in the Sunday AJC?

Whenever there was an article about Atlanta superintendent Beverly Hall during the week, the AJC always made sure they mentioned it in the Sunday paper. Because they know people miss stories during the middle of the week, and tend to catch up on the news on Sundays. But there was no mention of the allegations against Michael Rothenberg, two days before the run-off election. Hmmm……

It seems that whenever a white/Jewish official or candidate is accused of something, the AJC simply reports it and leaves the story alone. But when a black official/candidate is accused, the AJC reports the story, and then CONTINUES TO COVER IT EVERY DAY. If Michael Rothenberg’s opponent Courtney Johnson (black woman) faced the same allegations, the AJC would have written a second or third article about it, and put it on the front page of the Sunday paper. (See: Beverly Hall).

This is a blatant bias. Two days before the election, the AJC would have tried to DESTROY a black candidate in its Sunday edition. They would have reminded everyone about the allegation, so it would be fresh on their mind before they went to vote.

The AJC has a hands-off policy with any person/thing associated with the city of Dunwoody. Can you imagine if a candidate from Lithonia faced such charges? The AJC would have rehashed the story, and put it on the front page of the Sunday edition, to try and tarnish the candidate. Are you listening Julia Wallace? Who are you fooling with this biased reporting?

dww44

November 30th, 2010
1:25 pm

To deadelvis: ” If Georgia is so bad, move. I kinda like it. Atlanta, not so much, it’s a dead city. But you have to look at how and who has been running it.. They even mucked up the olympics.”

Er.. that would be Billy Payne, right, and all the other business luminaries who joined forces to bring the Olympics to Atlanta?

There’s an article today at the NY Times about how websites can monitor their comments to make for a more constructive and positive conversation among readers. Some of those on this thread might learn a lot from it. It’s called “Where Anonymity Breeds Contempt” and the link to it is below:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/30/opinion/30zhuo.html?nl=opinion&emc=tya1

gaqueen

November 30th, 2010
1:26 pm

Smart move, Tim…You just left a sinking ship…Now see if you can
help keep the Capitol in Atlanta. I believe in you…you know how to tie your shoes!!!

Timid

November 30th, 2010
2:40 pm

Let God deal with him, and believe me he will.

Wayne

November 30th, 2010
3:43 pm

When we only have one party in this state again, we should save money and eliminate all elections. Only communist countries have elections for one party.

Martin Williams

November 30th, 2010
6:09 pm

I agree, there should be another election. This is 100% greed and this is why sometimes I DO NOT even border to vote. GOP and Dems are all the same idiots.

atlmom

November 30th, 2010
7:30 pm

@justmyopinion: I don’t think we need any more elections. or more rules as to how the elections should work. Unless it opens up the process, and your ideas most certainly would not.
Perhaps if a politician changes parties, then something should be done – but perhaps not. I mean, it’s not like he’s going to vote differently, is he? What does it matter then?

atlmom

November 30th, 2010
7:33 pm

If I’m just a racist, why do I fully support Herman Cain and wish wish wish that he will run in 2012?

ed

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.

woka

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

dagnabit

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.

dagnabit

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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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?

Michael

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.

EZRA

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.

Michael

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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Hmmmm

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.