Yet another Democrat jumps ship for GOP majority

State Rep. Bubber Epps of Dry Branch left the Democratic Party for the ruling GOP, House officials said Monday.

Epps told the Republican caucus meeting in Athens that he was officially switching parties.

Epps’ move gives the GOP 113 current seats in the House, with two vacancies in districts last served by a Republican, meaning that come February the GOP caucus could be 115. Epps is the seventh Democrat to switch parties since the Nov. 2 election.

Epps represents District 140 which includes parts of Bibb, Jones, Twiggs and Wilkinson counties.

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da da

December 13th, 2010
8:39 pm

i am a republican, but this many people coming over to the gop is getting a little disturbing. i trust democrats less, but that means I still do not trust republicans. a supermajority is one party rule, and politicians rarely turn down the chance to use power.

tdawg money

December 13th, 2010
8:42 pm

We welcome all Democrats to the GOP. Come on over. Join the great Americans that love God, family, country and an honest day’s work. Just say no to the handouts. Obey the laws, pay your taxes, take good care of your families, and treat your neighbors and others the way you would like to be treated.

Burroughston Broch

December 13th, 2010
8:51 pm

115 seats out of 180 would give the Republicans a 64% to 36% majority over the Democrats, with possibly more defections to come.
If the Democrats don’t get their house in order before the 2012 elections, the majority will get larger.
Getting their house in order shouldn’t mean business as usual, assuming that the Republicans will make a big mistake. Of course, the Democrats made that mistake nationally since 2008.

jacks

December 13th, 2010
8:57 pm

Sitting on the bench gets old especially when your loosing!!

Martin Williams

December 13th, 2010
8:59 pm

How about one party system like most of the third world? It works just fine. They just called themselves Dems and GOP but they are the same people and they have fulled us for more than 100 years. Now they are showing their true colors. You see Mr. Obama breaking all those promises, and remember this, read my lips, no new taxes. They play together, see the same doctors/dentists etc.

Thanks, but ....

December 13th, 2010
9:33 pm

As a republican, I am perplexed by the dems switching sides in the GA legislature. One would think the republicans would be happy to be increasing their majorities. But to the democrat turncoats, I have to say “NO THANKS!” Here’s a good analogy- It’s kind of like using a toothbrush that had fallen in the toilet. Once a lib, always a lib. If a politician is TRULY conservative, he would be in the republican or Libertarian party. Run for you lives! It’s a RINO stampede!

Notch Johnson

December 13th, 2010
9:48 pm

Georgia has a lot of Benedict Arnolds in office.

Marcus

December 13th, 2010
9:56 pm

Thanks, but….YOU do know that Nathan Deal was elected to Congress as a Democrat, right?

The Ghost of Lester Maddox

December 13th, 2010
10:31 pm

Come on in the House, Bubber.

As King Roy said to Lewis Massey’s supporters (back in the day)…”Just cause you can’t be in the choir don’t mean you can’t sit in the pew and worship”.

GA VOTER

December 13th, 2010
10:42 pm

Most Republicans in Georgia (including Perdue, Deal) were previously Democrats when the party still had a conservative wing. But the national Democrat party has gone so far to the left the past 15 years it is no longer relevant in Georgia, a state which it had one-party rule since the days of Thomas Jefferson – until now.

Madison

December 13th, 2010
11:04 pm

Jacks, I don’t understand, is the bench loose? Maybe someone went to UGA and doesn’t know the difference between loose and lose.

sad

December 13th, 2010
11:23 pm

switching parties to prolong your sad little political career. get a real job putz.

General Lee

December 13th, 2010
11:37 pm

None of this would have ever happened if the greatest tragedy to the Georgia democratic party hadn’t happened and that was their insane desire to change the state flag, destroying Roys re-election. Im loving it though! More than worth it!!!

BW

December 14th, 2010
12:31 am

What’s done is done…now the Republicans have to produce

Bring back "Babe Alley" to the Georgia Capitol! (Unidentified State Representative)

December 14th, 2010
12:36 am

Not the Dry Branch off of I-85 Northeast of Atlanta, but the OTHER Dry Branch off I-75 South of Atlanta. Okay….

Bullwinkle

December 14th, 2010
1:24 am

That’s Flowery Branch in Northeast of Atlanta. Dry Branch is in Middle Ga. east of Macon. Bubber and all party switchers should be required by law to vacate their positions and run under their new party’s banner.

BehindEnemyLines

December 14th, 2010
2:12 am

Like someone up the thread, the RINO stampede is giving me considerable pause about these defections. It’s not as though the GOP didn’t have plenty of issues to worry about already, at some point I start to think this may be little more than a way for the Dems to do their damage from inside the party. A word of caution to those “leaders” who think welcoming the converts with such open arms is a grand idea: become like them & you’ll be the next ones tossed out on your ear.

Winfield J. Abbe

December 14th, 2010
3:24 am

This is another member of the Republicans who committed fraud on the voters to get there. This is no different than voters lying about their identification at the polls. This jerk lied to the voters who voted for him and he must be forced out. This is garden variety fraud but it is just another day at the plant in Georgia government. This is another example of how corrupt and sick the voting law is in Georgia. Remember Mr. Perdue, the former “Democrat”? He is the one who also lied about the flag, lied about ending tolls on GA 400 and stacked the Board of Regents with 12 of his cronies from his alma mater, UGA while the rest of the schools in Georgia get the shaft. He and his henchmen are about to waste millions of dollars to pay inflated prices for the Oakey Woods rippoff of the taxpayers of Georgia.

jack ryan

December 14th, 2010
10:34 am

It took over 140 years for Southerners to break the habit of always voting Democrat – being “Yellow Dog Democrats”. The party that relfects the interests of White Southern people is now the Republican Party in the South – beware of RINOs (Repubicans in Name Only) like John McCain and Lindsey Graham.

Just Nasty & Mean

December 14th, 2010
9:17 pm

This many democRat turncoats will do NOTHING but dilute our conservative ideology from within the Republican caucus.
These folks haven’t changed their thinking. They are moving over to change OUR thinking.

I am at the point we should not accept any more.

missmollie

December 15th, 2010
8:27 pm

Dry Branch is on Hwy 80 between Macon and Jeffersonville…runs parallel with I-16, and is in Twiggs
County was famous for Georgia Kaolin Corp who I believe moved to Sandersville. (Was said to
have moved way back when because of a wildcat union strike.

Ha!

December 16th, 2010
9:27 am

Careful about what you believe. These are just designated plants to have an inside view of what the pubs are plotting. Don’t be fooled, pubs. The last laugh is not with you. Bring your chests back in and wipe that big ole grin off your faces. You’re being duped.

REALLY?

December 16th, 2010
6:49 pm

I hope those who walk away from his/her party to join the majority realize that when you turn your back on those who voted you in; they have the power to vote you out. BTW, both of these parties are corrupt, self-serving and greedy. It’s not what’s in the best interest of the people; it’s the best interest is all about me!

Michelle

December 16th, 2010
8:15 pm

Glad the Democrats are coming over. They are bare-knuckled “we rule with a majority of one” street fighters who know their way around a political brawl, unlike these check-panted country club conservative whose first word, even with a sweeping mandate across the board is “compromise.”

3Dawgz

December 17th, 2010
7:29 pm

No difference between Russian politics and Georgia’s…not that Georgia… The one in the USA