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Texas Republican Judge Switches Party, Denouncing GOP as Party of Bigots and Hate-Mongers

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A Republican Judge from San Antonio, Texas, has announced he is quitting the GOP and will seek re-election as a Democrat, saying that he can no longer be part of political party whose identity is based on hate, bigotry and destroying people's lives.

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Lynn S (235)
Tuesday October 22, 2013, 1:59 pm
Let's hope that there are more enlightened Republicanus/Teabaggers who will stand up to the bigotry and hate that has taken hold of the Republicanus/Teabagger party. There must be justice, and that is not going to happen with the Republicanus/Teabaggers.

Alan Lambert (91)
Tuesday October 22, 2013, 2:49 pm
Lynn, it'll be the adults within the GOP that will switch, like the late Arlen Specter did. It could progress to the point where the parties will "balance" at 60-40 or 65-35 leaving the Republicans as a permanent minority.

JL A (281)
Tuesday October 22, 2013, 3:12 pm
If it is the tip of a tsunami, the erroneous claim of representing the majority of people should be silenced/

Terrie Williams (798)
Wednesday October 23, 2013, 4:34 pm
Here's the caveat to these switchers.....they will still be 'conservative' and thus 'Blue Dog' Democrats. In other words, they will vote on legislation WITH their former party. Just changing their skin doesn't make them a Democrat or 'for the people' in any way, shape or just keeps them from getting pelted with the rightful anger and possible loss of their seat in the house/senate/federal or state houses. DINOs.

They switch back and forth here in TX so much that a lot of us who follow these twerps on the state level do Linda Blairs on a regular basis. But, their voting records do NOT change all that much, mostly voting with their 'original' party be it Dem or Rethug. So when one says they are changing parties, I do not get excited because it is a game they play on a regular basis. One to keep them in their legislative seat and nothing else.

Yes, Alan, I would love to see the Fascist Baggers AKA Republicants in a PERMANENT minority......preferably non-existent.

Mitchell D (87)
Wednesday October 23, 2013, 6:27 pm
Alan, I would like to see that, too.
What occurs to me, upon reading Terrie's comment,, is that, as a judge this fellow is not a voting legislator, and perhaps, just perhaps, his move, and explanation will bring some legislators over, who might, now, vote their principles. I can dream. can't I?

Edwin M (346)
Thursday October 24, 2013, 2:24 am
Beware of wolves in sheep's clothing. Thanks Lynn

Peggy Johnson (1)
Thursday October 24, 2013, 2:49 am
This judge, in my opinion, has shown tremendous courage! He clearly enumerated the reasons why he can no longer support the Republican Party. It has changed so much over the last couple of decades that Republicans who formerly represented the tenets of the Republican Party and were in the mainstream no longer exist. The party has been split and eroded by the growth of a crackpot element -- as represented by Sen. Ted Cruz and his disciples. I have heard this judge speak in person in several interviews shown on TV -- and he seems to be one of the sanest people (Republicans) I've heard in a long time.

Dogan Ozkan (5)
Thursday October 24, 2013, 4:59 am

cecily w (0)
Thursday October 24, 2013, 5:23 am
I hope he isn't forced into "retirement".

Jaime Alves (52)
Thursday October 24, 2013, 7:31 am

Terrie Williams (798)
Thursday October 24, 2013, 9:31 am
Yes, Mitchell, you can dream. :) I do it all the time! LOL

David W (0)
Thursday October 24, 2013, 9:55 am
Thanks for posting Lynn.

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Thursday October 24, 2013, 10:12 am

Amy Fisher (11)
Thursday October 24, 2013, 10:25 am
Thanks to Terrie Williams for her post.

Mari 's (1356)
Thursday October 24, 2013, 10:27 am
Thank you for waking up!!

Theodore Shayne (56)
Thursday October 24, 2013, 10:36 am

Chris C (152)
Thursday October 24, 2013, 10:58 am
Bravo! And there will be more to follow!

Maggie Kearns (7)
Thursday October 24, 2013, 11:48 am
I know several friends who have left the Republican Party these past several years. Though they are generally conservative people, they can't stand hate-mongering! Bravo to the Judge!

Sheila D (194)
Thursday October 24, 2013, 11:55 am
Have to agree with Terrie and Edwin on this, though I'll go along with those hoping this is just a start. We need to be cautious because these people could end up hurting the Democratic Party in the long run. I sincerely wish for a day when there will be No party system and we'll be able to vote on the merits of each can always hope.

Lynne Buckley (0)
Thursday October 24, 2013, 12:22 pm
Well said, Judge.

James Maynard (84)
Thursday October 24, 2013, 12:27 pm
Saw this elsewhere and am hoping he really
means what he says and will vote progressive
as well. Am hoping it is the tip of the iceberg
to changing Texas Blue once more.

Lona G (80)
Thursday October 24, 2013, 1:11 pm
This judge certainly did not beat about the bush. His 'farewell speech' was as clear as a bell and couldn't be more true. I hope he is the first of those held in high regard to switch sides, with many, many more to follow. Kudos.

Sheri Schongold (7)
Thursday October 24, 2013, 1:26 pm
Good for him.

Charlene Rush (79)
Thursday October 24, 2013, 3:27 pm
Switching political parties is a most stressful endeavor, I'm sure. Realizing this, credit must be given to Judge Key for his party change.
I suspect he won't be the last.
It will take politicians like this judge, to send the Tea Party packing.

Although, I've never been a Republican thinking person, it is certain that we need more than 1 party. In fact, I would be happy to see 5 or more parties fight it out, as is done in Europe. It helps eliminate excess power in particular hands and more people get to have their say. We are a Pepsi and Coke nation, who won't permit any other competition. It's disgraceful.

Robert Tomlinson (62)
Thursday October 24, 2013, 3:32 pm
Hail to the Judge!!

SusanAWAY Allen (219)
Thursday October 24, 2013, 4:12 pm
I'm delighted that he decided to change parties, but I agree with Terrie in that he may only be a DINO which can be worse. Saving grace here is that the man is just a judge and is not making legislation, just interpreting it.

Patsy Olive (0)
Thursday October 24, 2013, 6:41 pm
Noted signed and all the rest.

Karen Chestney (112)
Thursday October 24, 2013, 7:56 pm
Thanks....Already read this...See ! The Repubs. are doing a good job. A good job making new Democrats !!!!

Jeremy S (3)
Friday October 25, 2013, 3:37 pm
How long before this judge is run out of town by a mob bearing pitchforks?

I don't know how much one person, regardless of how serious he may say he is right now, may change the overall balance of power in Texas. Yes., I lived there five years--and that was five years too long! So I know that however much he may want to be a Democrat, or say he wants to be one, if he wants to keep his job, he won't stay one long. And that is a very sad thing--we need to turn Texas blue again!

Franshisca Dearmas (89)
Saturday October 26, 2013, 4:50 am
TY for posting Lynn

Gina Caracci (219)
Thursday October 31, 2013, 8:40 pm
Nice speech
Id be more inclined to believe him if he chise to run as a third party
as a democrat, he is still going to be influenced and will receive contributions for favors..
Its time we all VOTE FOR 3RD PARTIES
Dont people see THEY ARE BOTH BOUGHT AND PAID FOR..look what they did today with the banks and wall street.
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