Another Democrat becomes a Republican in the state House

Yet another Democratic legislator switched to the Republican Party this week, moving the GOP a little closer to having the two-thirds majority in the House needed to pass constitutional amendments without any help from Democrats.

Rep. Mike Cheokas of Americus joined a crowd of white, non-metro Atlanta Democrats who have switched since the November elections.

“As a member of the House since 2004, I have been driven to best represent the needs and interests of my constituents at the State Capitol in Atlanta. My fiscally conservative voting record reflects that effort and the views of my constituents, which ultimately led me to join the House Republican Caucus,” he said.

There are now 114 Republicans in the House, with 63 Democrats and one independent. Two seats are currently vacant.

One of the reasons some Democrats are switching is that 2011 will be the year the General Assembly re-draws  political boundaries based on the changes in Georgia’s population over the past decade. That means South Georgia will be losing House and Senate  seats to metro Atlanta and North Georgia. Since Republicans are in charge, white Democrats in South Georgia feared being the ones who would lose their seats.

46 comments Add your comment

Jim S.

December 21st, 2010
3:14 pm

Wow. I wonder if there will be any real debate concerning the general and long term direction of this state. But I guess that’s what people said about the Democratic majority back in the day. I am hopeful that the leadership of Speaker Ralston will shine in the upcoming two years. His demeanor and respect for others can keep moderate and sane Georgians from feeling shut out and unrepresented by the far right and far left caucuses that control the two parties.

Mark Montgomery

December 21st, 2010
4:21 pm

The Republicans are truly the party of anti-intellectualism. A poll came out today that showed 52% of all Republicans believe in strict creationism, that mankind has only been here 10,000 years and that evolution is not valid. Add this to the hare-brained Republican mantra that global warming is not true and you have a scary number of ignorant people populating the Republican party. Sarah Palin is emblematic of the type of m*rons we are now seeing surface in the Republican party. It’s a circular firing squad and the Republicans are all crack shots! Mark Montgomery NYC, NY boboberg@nyc.rr.com

Sam

December 21st, 2010
4:34 pm

I agree that a lot of the refugees from the sinking Democratic ship are rats, but at least they have the intelligence to know it’s sinking. The real home for all true anti-intellectuals is the Democratic Party where, against all rational evidence to the contrary, the true-believers still cling to the notion of global warming and the belief that more government and more taxes will right the economy. See you in 2012, guys. You’re going to the bottom.

Herb

December 21st, 2010
4:40 pm

I, too, am worried about the lack of debate, checks and balances this migration to the Republican Party foretells. More Oaky Woods back room deals for fat cats who are friends with the leadership are on the way. The state treasury has become a piggybank for the well-connected. As an independent, who despises welfare for the rich as well as for the poor as a recipe for fiscal disaster and lack of personal accountability, I think I have even fewer options with each “conversion” – kind of like the road to Damascus around here.

Leftwing Democrat

December 21st, 2010
4:54 pm

We must raise taxes to support illegals and the deadbeats that don’t want to work.
Everyone has a RIGHT to Health Care, a Job, a House, Clothing, a Pension, Cable TV, a Flat Screen TV, a Cell Phone and a Car.

jason roberts

December 21st, 2010
5:13 pm

there are two parties in georgia and it’s sad. one black and the other is white. other white democrats would change too if they didn’t have many blacks in their district. blacks should change parites in record numbers and also 50% should vote in republican primaries. and blacks who are trained by white democrats to beat up blacks for voting independently should be run out of town.

nofreecheese

December 21st, 2010
5:57 pm

I hate poor people! I have never been able to find one who could sign a paycheck–well…a paycheck that will clear.

Pigpen

December 21st, 2010
6:12 pm

Mark Montgomery:

You do realize that the same poll showed 34% of Democrats believe the same thing, right? As for global warming, how’s the weather in NY?

Will Stockdale

December 21st, 2010
7:35 pm

Hey Ben, maybe you’ll get to like the Air Force…. zooming all over the sky and shouting ROGER and WILCO and everyrhing…. maybe it won’t be so bad.

Will Stockdale

December 21st, 2010
7:37 pm

Oh yeah, Mark Montgomery is a MORON !!!

da da

December 21st, 2010
7:40 pm

Mark Montgomery:

liberals do not believe in God. nuff said.

Bubba

December 21st, 2010
7:41 pm

Why don’t ALL the Democrats switch parties and moderate the Republican caucus? Georgia has never done the two party politics thing very well anyway.

Sid Farcas

December 21st, 2010
7:44 pm

It’s funny, when the republicans got killed on 2006 & ‘08 how many of them switched to democrat? Now look at what is happening. Maybe the moderate liberals are sick of the left wing nuts taking over their party. Come on in people, the room is big enough for all of you! Sweet!

Poor Mark Montgomery

December 21st, 2010
8:14 pm

Well, if you get a score for being wrong, M Montgomery would have a perfect score! 100% wrong. Oh well, Mark, you’ll find out soon enough how wrong you are. Life is short, but eternity is forever, and that’s true NO matter WHAT you believe. Hope for the sake of your soul you get converted by the TRUTH before you die!

double

December 21st, 2010
8:46 pm

If can not beat them ,then join them.If you would just stop,and think there is no difference.

tore

December 21st, 2010
8:54 pm

Since the repubs have taken control of our state, the unemployment rate has more than doubled, our math and science scores have dropped, we are one of the few states that had a rise in teen pregnancy, our debt is out of control, and the stupid voters in Ga. are happy with their leadership. As long as you protect the gun rights of these citizens and hate gays and go to church every Sunday, you will stay in office.

Martin Williams

December 21st, 2010
9:19 pm

This is complete none sense. Save tax payers some money you idiots. Let us declare Georgia a ONE party State and we only worry about one election every 4 years. I will vote for that.

Martin Williams

December 21st, 2010
9:22 pm

Very true double. No difference between the Dems and and the GOP. They are all thieves anyway like all poticians.

Boca Baby

December 21st, 2010
9:32 pm

Mark Montgomery: Since you are already in NYC, NY it serves no purpose in telling you if you don’t like it down here “Delta is ready when you are…” But I find it amazing that the evolutionist believes that there is only one possibility for our existence. They regard evolution as settled science without being able to demonstrate it scientifically. The bottom line is that there is only two possibilities: either we evolved or we were created. Since there is only one opposing viewpoint do you not think that the two should be set side by side and let science (true science–not some conjecture) settle the argument? Herein lies the problem. Evolution does not want any rivals because it cannot hold up to the rigors of science. When there is a problem all the evolutionist does is add another billion years to his theory. As for global warming, in case you haven’t noticed, proponents are running for cover so fast it will make your head spin.

Gov. James Jackson

December 21st, 2010
10:11 pm

Good grief. Can this state get any more moronic? Secession, nullification, creationism. Welcome back to the 1830s.

http://www.americanrhetoric.com/MovieSpeeches/moviespeechinheritthewind.html

Chuck Allison

December 21st, 2010
10:52 pm

It is a good thing that we have fewer Democrats. However, the Republicans lately have been far too liberal for Georgians. I am especially disappointed in Sen. Johnny Isakson. And I do hope that John Lewis is voted out of Congress on the next opportunity.

I wish that congressional candidates were required to pass the military aptitude exam. It is a shame for our servicemen to be represented by someone who cannot even pass this exam, and I am confident that a large percentage of congressmen could not pass it.

Joe

December 21st, 2010
10:54 pm

Will the last Democrat please turn out the lights,

kreedham

December 22nd, 2010
1:13 am

I hope someone is keeping track of all the switchers. Betcha 50% or more don’t get elected next time!

I don’t have a problem with them switching, just think it would have been more honorable to do so before the election.

BitterEXdemocrackkk

December 22nd, 2010
4:53 am

The question remains: WHY do blacks continue to support the party of slavery and segregation
INSTEAD of the party that gave them FREEDOM and Emancipation? Most blacks dont even know why.

Barnie

December 22nd, 2010
6:34 am

Jane Kidd will release a statement attacking each democrat leaving the party. What she should release is her resignation. Leading the party to such a disaster should be the cause of her resignation and embarassment.

To Mark Montgomery, Village Idiot

December 22nd, 2010
7:15 am

Mark Montgomery

December 21st, 2010
4:21 pm
“The Republicans are truly the party of anti-intellectualism. A poll came out today that showed 52% of all Republicans believe in strict creationism, that mankind has only been here 10,000 years and that evolution is not valid….”

Oh please, genius. If evolution is valid, why did we stop “evolving”?

pete

December 22nd, 2010
7:42 am

no surprise they get paid by the same goverment!they only want to divide the people so the people do not know what they are doing.Crooks and war mongers.

GOPer

December 22nd, 2010
7:49 am

Yes, we were created, and a 2,000 year old dead man is going to fly from the sky and rule the world for 1,000 years. Aliens are abducting us and bigfoot is in the north Georgia mountains. The ice caps are NOT melting due to a small increase in global tempurature and the tooth fairy DID leave me a quarter last night.

DEMer

December 22nd, 2010
8:05 am

Yes, Unemployment checks stimulate the economy, $800 Billion Stimulus worked–unemployment did not go over 10%, you have to PASS the bill to see what’s in the bill, $4 Trillion has been spent in the War on Poverty–hmm—guess there is no more poverty, rich people are evil–poor people create all the jobs, Global Warming—errr—Climate Change is fact–Al Gore said it was. Paying taxes is Patriotic, $800 Million to teahc Africans how to wash their genitals, $Millions to build turtle crossings. OHHHH, there’s the tooth fairy now!

simplythetruth

December 22nd, 2010
9:23 am

Wow,”white,non-metro Atlanta Democrats”, gee, I guess we all know where Salzer’s head is located.

Straight Talk

December 22nd, 2010
9:34 am

Only a racist newspaper editor would find it necessary to point out that the folks who switched were white.

WOW

December 22nd, 2010
9:56 am

Georgia’s unemployment rate just went up.Have’nt they been in charge for the last 8 years.So to make things better,let’s get more republicans.Well now you surely can’t blame the democrats.Word to the wise be careful what you wish for.

simplythetruth

December 22nd, 2010
10:23 am

Sure, you can blame Democrats and you can blame Republicans , but, remember this , the unemployment rate is high across the nation. The Dems blame Bush, the Repubs blame the Dem controlled Congress, but, the real culprits are the American people. We keep recycling the same old, self-serving politicians from both parties. Until we demand more from our politicians, let’s say, their most hated term …TERM LIMITS.. what’s going to change. Nothing. Personally, I think that a politician who switches parties after an election has taken place, has committed “voter fraud”. Too bad that race becomes the issue, after all, if the candidate is good for his district, why should race matter? If people genuinely put race aside, and they won’t, then the Rangels, Franks, Foleys, and Delays of this world would never get elected. Just like politicians, voters aren’t perfect either.

pete

December 22nd, 2010
10:26 am

so why did the rich need a tax break? Im’ not talking about companies and their tax breaks Im’sure most are brainwashed into why their workplaces need the tax breaks!but why do u think rich people in general need big tax cuts,they live off the interest of their money 700 billion dollars borrowed from china so they can get money they do not need.Fox news said they did not need the tax breaks.So why do we hand out if they are not in need?But I guess no one cares about how they will leave the lives of the working class.Todays children tommorows’ working class, make things rt.

Hmmmmmmm

December 22nd, 2010
10:27 am

I mean, is there really any difference…….. NO, both parties are devoid of any good….

pete

December 22nd, 2010
10:32 am

GOPer,u said it all thats’ so realistic,say it again so I can LOL!

Hmmmmmmm

December 22nd, 2010
10:32 am

Pete,
Too answer your question…… It’s NOT the government’s MONEY! Good Grief man, don’t fall for the politcal BS that these parties put out…… If you continue to justify the oppresive nature this govenment operates under(IRS) then you give them the right to take money from anybody…. Come on, WAKE UP!

NB Forrest

December 22nd, 2010
10:33 am

This all started when Roy Barnes changed the flag……first republican governor since reconstruction in 2002….now ultimately republicans are a majority…..what thanks do those of us who fought to keep the old flag get? Nothing but satisfaction knowing that the whining minority is now the minority in Georgia government!

simplythetruth

December 22nd, 2010
10:57 am

Company A builds a product using workers that belong to Union FUInternational. The product sucks but the Management and workers( FUI bosses only) get hefty raises helping to lead Company A into what should be bankruptcy. Along comes the Lone Stranger and his band of merry but corrupt politicos(both parties) and they screw the owners of Company A out of their business and give it to FUI. Guess whose money the Lone Stranger used? You damn skippy… yours… but not to worry says the Lone Stranger and his little politico buds.. we’re paying you back… in fact, we already have. Sound familiar? Every time something bad happens to the U.S. economy, only one group survives, Congress. Why? They play poker with “other people’s money”.

pete

December 22nd, 2010
10:57 am

I do not fall for any of it!Dirty oppresive goverment.Paid for by the American People We pay them to take our money.Please I do drink coffee.

lightisjesus

December 22nd, 2010
11:06 am

You all of you are are on the extreme right i have news for you democrats do believe in God and liberals do to. The real god and and his son Jesus would be democrats before republicans.All of you Judge others but will not look in the mirror at your self alot of you clam To be God fearing men hmm.
Do any of you know the most important commandment of all Jesus gave it to us before he died for your sins Love your brother as your self he said this cause he new we would be so shelve involved that if we could do this we could make this world the way he wanted. Next Lets all remember get the log out of your own eye before you try to take the splinter out of your brothers eye. Yea with out sin cast the first stone with all the stone casting in here you think there was a bunch of people on here who have not sin? let me remind all of you Jesus was the only person ever to walk the face of the earth who was sinless.So stop attacking each other and all the other stuff you are doing to each other God is Watching you know he sees everything you do. For those who claim you are saved and are misleading His people with your untruths spreading fear look in the mirror and pray before you are lost forever and for those who are here and lost i will pray for you that you will find him who can save everyone.Lastly consider this God only promises us today what if know of us are not here tomorrow this all if this is for nothing and point less. Praying for all the lost souls in here. So what are you going to say if you wake up tomorrow and realize you died and stand before judgment and God ask you why did you attack that person laugh at that person make fun of others mislead his people what say you then hmm. So folks the challenge is this stop being sheep of men and become lambs of God

simplythetruth

December 22nd, 2010
11:49 am

Light in Jesus…. You were doing OK until you got to the part where God would be a “democrat before being a republican”. That my friend is total BS. God is no respecter of persons. To translate, your rank, color, bank account, political affiliation, etc., is not the issue. Its whether or not you believe that Jesus Christ is your Lord and Savior. If one followed your logic then Abe had it wrong,he was a Republican, and FDR led the only just fight, because he was a Democrat. Stick to preaching and stay out of politics or at least recognize the TRUTH that neither party has a monopoly on goodness or evil.

GOPer

December 22nd, 2010
12:07 pm

Big tax breaks for the rich certainly do trickle down to the poor. The free market would certainly protect the environment. Santa Clause will bring a new car down my chimney. The government has a UFO at area 54. The US planted bombs in the twin towers. Teachers are to blame for all of educations woes.

Matt

December 22nd, 2010
5:16 pm

Matt

December 22nd, 2010
5:18 pm

Whups.

I don’t think you understand biology very well. What do you mean evolution “does not stand up to the rigors of science”? How do you scientifically study a supernatural belief?

What alternate explanation do you have?

adam

December 25th, 2010
12:13 pm

Is it illegal to be a dummykrat in this State?