Two House Democrats finally decide to switch to GOP

The final shoes from the Nov. 2 election in Georgia may have just dropped. This has arrived from the office of House Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge:

State Representatives Ellis Black and Amy Carter today announced that they are joining the House Republican Caucus and resigning from the House Democratic Caucus.

“This is where I belong,” said Rep. Black. “When I was first elected, we had conservative Democrats in the leadership of the Democratic Party; today, there are none. I have a ten-year record of voting the thinking of my constituents, and I believe I can best serve my constituents as a Republican.”

“I am excited about this transition,” said Rep. Carter. “Many changes were brought about by our last election, and I feel that I can best represent my district as a member of the Republican Party. My record shows that I have always maintained an independent mindset, and I will continue to reach across party lines for solutions that will benefit my constituents.”

With today’s announcements, the Georgia House of Representatives now consists of 113 Republicans, 66 Democrats, and one independent.

“I am very pleased to welcome both Rep. Ellis Black and Rep. Amy Carter to the House Republican Caucus,” said House Speaker David Ralston. “These are outstanding Georgia leaders who have chosen to put the interests of their districts ahead of party. They have rightly decided that the interests of rural Georgia can best be served by joining the Republican Party. I look forward to working with them closely as we prepare for the challenges of the next legislative session.”

Representative Ellis Black represents the citizens of District 174, which includes Brooks and Echols counties, and portions of Lowndes and Thomas counties. He was elected to the House of Representatives in 2000 and currently serves on the Agriculture and Consumer Affairs, Appropriations, Public Safety and Homeland Security, and Ways & Means committees.

Representative Amy Carter represents the citizens of District 175, which includes portions of Lowndes County. She was elected into the House of Representatives in 2006, and is currently the Secretary of Higher Education. She also serves on the Appropriations, Education, and Small Business Development & Jobs Creation committees.

By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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[...] Updated by Charlie:  Jim Galloway says Ellis Black has switched too. [...]

Bill

November 22nd, 2010
11:58 am

They need to be primaried as Republicans.

GaBlue

November 22nd, 2010
12:05 pm

They should not be allowed to run under the guise of belonging to one party and then switch before that term has ended. Switching before the primary and running on the other ticket is the only way to maintain honor. Not that calling them out for being completley dishonest means anything in Georgia. Honor used to mean something here — at least I thought so. A rose by any other name still gets fungus because of our soil and climate, and good ol’ boys and their lemonade-fetching wimmins are the same no matter how much they flip flop, lie about their intentions, and resist progress of any kind. SSDD.

Coastal Cavalier

November 22nd, 2010
12:06 pm

It won’t be long before the GOP has the margin that the Democrats held for generations.

GaBlue

November 22nd, 2010
12:10 pm

Coastal Cavalier,

(a) They already do, and (b) other than the addition of a few carpetbaggers, it’s the SAME people. Hence, nothing ever changes here, and progress is a nasty word.

Army Dawg

November 22nd, 2010
12:14 pm

Ronald Reagan wasnt born a Republican, our party has been built on welcoming new members who cant stand the hard core left control of the formerly great Democratic Party. It is now a shadow of itself because of its hard left turn and will stay there for a long time.

Hayden Zeke

November 22nd, 2010
12:15 pm

When you think of the powerhouse Georgia was as a blue state and the stinkhole it is now as a red state it makes you puke.

Jeff

November 22nd, 2010
12:15 pm

Bill:

The GOP could interpret their Loyalty Oath to prevent that..

Us vs Us

November 22nd, 2010
12:20 pm

Dem, Rep, makes no never mind in GA politics. It’s the same people and they are just changing their uniforms to keep their place at the trough. The majority of Southern Democrats were always moderates and conservatives.

LMAO

November 22nd, 2010
12:27 pm

Red as it is we are still at the bottom in education and unemployment and we ain’t gonna move up but no one really cares. The GOP just likes to brag about controlling the state.

If Dems had any brains they’d keep up the drum beat on education and joblessness.

Hey GOP were last in education. What are you going to do about it?

Hey GOP I’m unemployed. What are you doing to solve it?

The GOP answer is you need to take personal responsibility. LMAO

Retired Soldier

November 22nd, 2010
12:27 pm

The Libs/Dems that are crying the blues over these party switchers are most likely the same folks that were happy when Kathy Ashe went from Rep to dem several years ago. Can’t have it both ways guys.

Raquel

November 22nd, 2010
12:34 pm

Excellent point, Retired Soldier.

Yellow Dog

November 22nd, 2010
12:35 pm

There are still a few of us Yellow Dog Democrats around. I guess I have cast my last vote for Ellis Black. Now that he has shown his true colors, maybe we can get a real Democrat to run against him in two years.

Observer

November 22nd, 2010
12:44 pm

Good point, Retired Soldier.

If the House Democrats had wanted to keep their rural members in the fold, they would not have elected a liberal like Stacey Abrams as minority leader. It wasn’t too many years ago when they had rural conservatives in leadership such as Terry Coleman, Larry Walker and Jimmy Skipper. Those seats, except for Skipper’s, flipped to the GOP when Coleman and Walker retired.

Bill Orvis White

November 22nd, 2010
12:44 pm

It’s an excellent decision on both legislators’ parts because they were part of a party that is out of touch with the average Georgian. These fine folk need to represent their people as they see fit. This is WE THE PEOPLE at its best. What’s going on now is that all areas surrounding Liberal Atlanta and Communist Decatur wish to operate with common sense ideals. These Socialist areas represented by people like Jimmah’s grandson just don’t get it. They want to operate on the Soviet model of centralized education, health care, welfare, unemployment “benefits,” secularism and a dedication to destroying innocent life. WE THE PEOPLE in rural and suburban areas believe in low taxes, respect for life, the church and a pro-growth business model. Why do you see counties like North Fulton wishing to break away? The answer: THEY DON’T WANT TO DEAL WITH LIBERAL FULTON COUNTY AND ATLANTA!
Even the Liberal AJC came to its senses by moving its home to a better area. Does anyone see the writing on the wall that the Socialist Democrat Party of Georgia and the national party are all a massive failure that has bankrupted this once-free nation?
Amen,
Bill

Mike

November 22nd, 2010
12:49 pm

People who do this are just con artists and hucksters. But here in Georgia it seems to be the normal way of doing business. No wonder this state is always at the bottom when it comes to education, employment, ethics and recently high on the list of foreclosures. But as always just continue to blame the ills of this state on the Democrats not the many crooks in offce, were in office and who will be taking office.

Liberal/Conservative

November 22nd, 2010
12:50 pm

Does it really make a difference in state politics whether these folks are republican or democrat? Absolutely not. Follow the money. Follow the money.

ON AN ON

November 22nd, 2010
12:53 pm

Its all a joke. They will still vote the same way. Its just a way to save your butts for next election because the Dems know we are not done taking out the trash.

Retired Soldier

November 22nd, 2010
12:54 pm

Mike-

Where was GA in education the 100 plus years the Dems had total control of the state government? We both know the answer. So we are six years into total control for the Reps. Give us 44 years more, less than half the time you had it, and if were are still low, then you are authorized to moan and goan.

Nope

November 22nd, 2010
12:58 pm

Bill Orvis Wright — I am sick and tired of you people in the suburbs blasting this city… Georgia would rank below Mississippi without Atlanta.

Oh Intown Writer...

November 22nd, 2010
1:03 pm

For Bill Orvis -

Those gawd-forsaken liberals and commies with their high taxes are the ones *subsidizing* rural Georgia’s educational system.
So say yes to individual education and say no to socialism – let Atl and Decatur keep their own tax revenue, let the rest of the state rot rot rot

Wayne Glasman

November 22nd, 2010
1:04 pm

GOOD RIDDANCE TO BOTH OF YOU

another Retired Soldier

November 22nd, 2010
1:05 pm

Sonny and friends (majority) didn’t do a thing in the last 8 years, and they want to keep the status quo. What’s really sad and scary is that as long as they have (R) beside their name, it’s a shoe in to get elected, no matter what they bring to the table. So why bother getting anything done, well, except for “tax cuts” for the rich, which equate to a few cents in most people’s income bracket.

Keith Helms

November 22nd, 2010
1:09 pm

These two have sen the light in two senses, maybe. As for the core beliefs of democrats versus republican the answer is simple. Democrats in general support Marxism such as welfare and other programs for people two sorry to work in order to secure their votes. Democrats in general support the practice of abominations such as homosexuality and civil unions and prostitution and thus the spread of AIDS. Democrats are in general anti Christian since their support of the above proves they are pro Satan. Republicans are not much different. At least they support lower taxes and less Marxism.

GaBlue

November 22nd, 2010
1:11 pm

Bill Orvis White,

Thanks to the Almighty Georgia GOP, our legislature will continue to defund education and ensure that good jobs never sprout from or migrate here. Watch for taxpayer-funded, private, for-profit prisons to become THE best investment in the state. We already incarcerate the highest percentage of our population while our graduation rates (and the actual knowledge of those who make it) remain abysmal. Mr. White, this will result in MORE one-parent familes, ABORTIONS, poverty, and crime. Aren’t you and Jesus proud?

LMAO

November 22nd, 2010
1:11 pm

@Retired Soldier We aint got 44 years. The problem isn’t a Dem or GOP problem its an us problem. GEORGIA does not value education no matter who is in the mansion. We talk all the crap about this and that and at the end of the day. The politicians are lining their pockets and “Johnny still can’t read”. The problems of Georgia aren’t going to be corrected unless we STOP letting politicians off the hook.

A prime example is the state of HS football players in South Georgia. It’s clear and has been proven those guys can flatout play the game of football, they win championship damn near every year. How many of those kids are getting college scholarships which require a decent score on the SAT or ACT? Very few. With almost no championships kids in metro Atlanta receive hundreds of scholarships for football each year. They have to pass the educational rigor of the SAT or ACT to do it otherwise, no college is willing to sign them. The folks down there care nothing for educating those kids, but care a hell of a lot about whether they’ll be on the field Friday night. The majority of the folks in this state don’t value education, period. Both party switcher are from the hot bed of Georgia HS football – Lowndes County.
Point made.

I ain’t no fan of the Tea Party but I agree with them about holding folks accountable. NO ONE in this state is never held accountable.On one hand Perdue wants to stop health care from the federal government and on the other he has it out for money for Race to the top. It don’t make no sense.

Retired Soldier

November 22nd, 2010
1:12 pm

another RS-

I presume for the many decades the Dems controlled state government you were equally critical? Remember republicans hopefully are like doctors in “first do no harm”.

I’m not a big fan of Sonny, but I am thankful for no Roy Barnes.

Retired Soldier

November 22nd, 2010
1:20 pm

LMAO-

The point I was making about 44 years was for those who think all things republican are bad. I agree with you that education stinks but would probably disagree with how to fix it.

The primary problem, in my opinion, with education is parents. To many parents have quit doing their job. That job being to bust thier kids chops (figuratively) and make them study and hold thier kids accountable.

I live in a rural area of the state and our small high school is as good as the student and the parent want to make it. My kids lived all over the world, finished here and did great in college.

Not sure how you legislate parent involvement, but again in my opinion that is the number one problem.

Mr. KnowitAll

November 22nd, 2010
1:31 pm

Jeez….doesn’t anybody want to be a democRat any more?? Wasn’t it just 2 years ago the lamestream media was claiming the Repubs were “done” and would have to rethink their platform?

We all know what has changed? Obama! The great uniter, the great “changer”, the “yes we can” er has turned out to be a Socialist/Marxist and the voter, the public–and democRats–are running away from it/him as fast as they can.

If you love America and all it is–you cannot vote where Obama is taking us.

No.PoliticalDivia49

November 22nd, 2010
1:34 pm

Shouldn’t there be some kind of law against switching? I have no problem with them choosing to be republicans; however, I do have a problem with all those folks who voted straight party line that are now faced with having the representative they elected disenfranchise their vote. No wonder it is so difficult to keep young people involved in the political process. No, they did not do any illegal, but morally shouldn’t they have some responsibility to the people who elected them? The ink hasn’t even dried from the November 2 elections and already they have flipped. It is obvious that they deceived the people who elected them. If I were to take a job fraudulently through deception doesn’t my boss have the right to fire me? Well I think the same should be afforded to the people of that district. I am not saying they should not have the right to serve where their political convictions lead them, but I am say they should be forced to undergo a special election to ensure that the will of the people is being served as intended.

Bill Clinton

November 22nd, 2010
1:45 pm

I guess they decided to abandon the sinking ship.

Roy Barnes

November 22nd, 2010
1:47 pm

If you moron would have voted for me, this would not be happening…plus teachers would get the pay and respect they deserve.

Wondering ?

November 22nd, 2010
1:50 pm

Why would any person with a functioning brain want to be a democrat?
Only the unemployed, deadbeats that live in their parents basement vote for democrats.

TBS

November 22nd, 2010
1:50 pm

It will be interesting to see how many of these rural legislators will be forced to run against each other after redistricting since more seats will shift to Atlanta.

Leftwing Democrat

November 22nd, 2010
1:51 pm

No1.PoliticalDivia49

November 22nd, 2010
2:01 pm

Mr.KnowitAll, I am a proud Democrat and a supporter of Obama. God forbid anyone should continue in the ways of GWB. It is simply beyond human intelligence that you who make less than $250k would continue to stab yourself in the foot and support a party who has had eight years to improve your living conditions and did nothing. Democrats, President Obama, and the honorable Congresswomen Pelosi have significantly improved healthcare for you, your aging parents, and your child under the age of 26. No more donut holes that so many Americans found themselves in unable to get out. Additionally they stopped the financial free fall that the previous administration caused increasing the wealth for the Haves and not the have nots’ like you. When will you stop open your eyes and realize that you are being played like a cheap ten dollar bill by the republicans. Where was the job creation under the Bush administration? We were hemorrhaging job to foreign nations so fast it made my head spin. I use to be a republican and stuck with them throughout their debacles of WMD’s but when they started exposing CIA agents, shooting people in the face, and avoiding the law; I had had enough. When will you? Republicans have had 8 years to turn things around and yet things are simply worst. Obama has had 2 years and he has accomplished more than any president in my life time. WAKE UP!

GaBlue

November 22nd, 2010
2:05 pm

Wondering ?,

It’s hard to say which is uglier: your prejudice or your ignorance. Your stereotype is false. Most unemployed, basment-dwelling deadbeats I’ve met are too lazy and self-absorbed to even register to vote, let alone bother to inform themselves on the issues or get out on election day stand in line at the polls. I’m a Democrat, taxpayer, homeowner, parent, with full-time employment AND a gun that I’m not afraid to use, and I’ve never taken a dime of public assistence, nor did I ever look back once I left my parent’s house. Every Democrat I know works hard and prefers an honest living over the idea of a handout of any kind. Most are also gun owners and have college degrees. So why aren’t we Republicans, you may ask? Reason #1: We don’t want to be associated with d–ks like you.

James

November 22nd, 2010
2:15 pm

Attention Ga Blue,

Trust me…the Republicans don’t want you.
I doubt the Democrats want you.
Heck, your parents don’t even want you.

Wondering ?

November 22nd, 2010
2:17 pm

Sounds like GaBlue is upset that his parents kicked him out of the basement.

Retired Soldier

November 22nd, 2010
2:18 pm

No1-

The CIA turned you from being a Rep to a Dem? Interesting, I can honestly say I have never heard that reason before. I would suggest you look into what the CIA has done since the late 40’s under both Dem and Rep. administrations. CIA work is like making susuage, the process is messy and ugly as can be but we usually approve of the end product.

If Obama has done such a great job why the largest turnover in the House since the 30’s? You are not even close to being the the majority in thinking Obama has been great for America.

You are critical of GWB for jobs, but what had Obama done for jobs? Nothing, that’s a major reason he was beat so badly several weeks ago. The vast majority of people are opposed to Obamacare and wondered what would have happened if they had put the same level of effort into jobs.

Forget Obama, if his next two years are like the last two, he is gone in 2012.

GaBlue

November 22nd, 2010
2:24 pm

It is hard to see here in the basement.

UnconventionalEllie

November 22nd, 2010
2:27 pm

Can’t fault either Black or Carter from crossing party lines to better represent their districts. Both have deep roots in areas that have become increasingly conservative. How are either ‘traitors’ to the Democratic Party for progressing with the prevailing ideology of those whom they represent? Their loyalty is to the citizenry, not to a particular caucus. Furthermore, anyone with any level of familiarity with these districts understands that both were elected because of their advocacy on behalf of small business, education, and general likeability and name recognition. South Georgia didn’t send either of these two to Atlanta *because* they were Democrats.

GaBlue

November 22nd, 2010
2:29 pm

Name jacker,

I never lived in anyone’s basement, but it’s heartwarming to see how the Republicans on this forum go out of their way to insult someone who actually works, payse the bills, raises the children, and makes timely mortgage payments. Don’t you feel special?

It’s true the Republicans don’t want me. That’s because I demand accountability from my “representatives.” They hate that!

No1.PoliticalDivia49

November 22nd, 2010
2:54 pm

“Not sure how you legislate parent involvement, but again in my opinion that is the number one problem”
You have probably hit the nail on the head. Unfortunately it is not a Democrat or a Republican issue. There are good and bad parents in both parties. Parenting takes a lot of wisdom that many people are not willing to invest in. Never in my life have I heard so many disrespectful children, including my own. Children will push the envelope but it is the parent’s job to put the letter back in its place if you know what I mean. Parents have failed to make their children respect them let alone a teacher or a person in authority. With my children my motto is “if the teacher says does it then dog go-nit does it. If the teacher is wrong it’s not your job to handle the teacher, its mine. That is why God gave you parents. Your job is to look, listen and learn with all love and respect.” I wish a teacher would tell me that one of mine was disrespectful and disobedient. Let’s just say we ain’t sending them to their room and we ain’t going to be doing a whole lot of talking. My prospective is this. You know your child and if he/she pulls it on you more than likely they have tried it a time or two in the class room. Teachers need to be assured that parents have their backs and little Johnny or Jane needs to know the same. Every year I sit my kids down in front of the teacher and let them know whatever they tell me I am going to believe, but it had better be able to be repeated in front of the teacher verbatim or we are going to have a problem. I do not take kindly to little liars and my kids know it. This has created wonderful learning environments for my children. Teachers respect children when they know that they are working with no nonsense that parents will be checking them as well.

Retired Soldier

November 22nd, 2010
3:04 pm

Well said No1. If more parents followed your example we would be way down the road to educational excellence. I commend you and your children.

No1.PoliticalDivia49

November 22nd, 2010
3:42 pm

Retired Soldier (Thank you for your service. I appreciated it even if I don’t agree with your views)

“The CIA turned you from being a Rep to a Dem? Interesting, I can honestly say I have never heard that reason before.”
Do you read? Or do you just twist words?
I said: I use to be a republican and stuck with them throughout their debacles of WMD’s but when they started exposing CIA agents, shooting people in the face, and avoiding the law; I had had enough.
“If Obama has done such a great job why the largest turnover in the House since the 30’s? You are not even close to being the the majority in thinking Obama has been great for America.”
The majority believes there is no God? The Majority thought slavery was a good thing. The Majority believed that the Holocaust was justified. The Majority will find themselves in a devil’s hell according to the bible and your point is?
“You are critical of GWB for jobs, but what had Obama done for jobs? Nothing, that’s a major reason he was beat so badly several weeks ago.
What? You can’t even defend GWB! Jobs, give him the next two years now that he has handled health care, the war, Wall Street. Bush and the republicans had eight “8″ years and did what?
“The vast majority of people are opposed to Obamacare and wondered what would have happened if they had put the same level of effort into jobs.”
Well now they will be healthy enough to get and keep those jobs that are coming over the next two years. I mean they have been waiting at least 8 for the ones the republicans promised.
“Forget Obama, if his next two years are like the last two, he is gone in 2012.”
Yeah he would like you to forget the perils of the republican regime:
1) Record High gas prices,
2) Record loss of Jobs and Industry
3) First attack ever on our home land / Two Wars
4) Record lost of personal wealth
5) Health care for the rich; a donut hole for the rest of us.

Retired Soldier

November 22nd, 2010
4:10 pm

No1-

I misread about “exposing” CIA agents, sorry. I don’t defend GWB, he was a medicore president, though much better than Kerry or Gore would have been. He has handled the war? Which war and how? If you mean Iraq I agree, Obama was smart in following the plan of Bush and Chenney. If you mean Afghanistan then you are dreaming.

I am glad you are so pleased with the president and when he is gone in two years, I’ll blog and say….I told ya so!

Retired Soldier

November 22nd, 2010
4:12 pm

P.S. No1-

Dis you forget about the War of 1812 and WWII, I believe our homeland was attacked then also. Jsut reminding you

Douglas

November 22nd, 2010
4:15 pm

Good God Almighty! Lighten up, you people! This is Politics were’re talkin’ about here. It’s not like it was something important, like football for God’s sake! Y’all just calm down, get a drink, take a seat and watch the sun set on this beutiful day in Georgia. I would think that both left- and right-wing nuts would be able to apprecaite something like that, at least! Go on now! GIT!

Fritz

November 22nd, 2010
4:18 pm

May they both rot in Republican HELL!