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Posted By: NorthernDog, 9/22/2023 12:39:12 PM

Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson, a longtime Democrat, said he's switched parties to become a Republican. “Today I am changing my party affiliation,” Johnson wrote in an op-ed published Friday in The Wall Street Journal. “Next spring, I will be voting in the Republican primary. When my career in elected office ends in 2027 on the inauguration of my successor as mayor, I will leave office as a Republican.” Johnson served in the Texas Legislature for nine years as a Democrat before he was elected mayor in 2019. Though the mayor’s position is technically nonpartisan, Johnson joins Fort Worth Mayor Mattie


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Quigley 9/22/2023 12:42:58 PM (No. 1561270)
I always thought he was a decent guy. I guess he wants to disassociate from the indecent crooks.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: mc squared 9/22/2023 1:39:19 PM (No. 1561298)
I have long posted that party switchers may be trouble. Most of them only do so when the wind changes. Otherwise, why wait years to switch when you were aware of the shenanigans all along.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: DVC 9/22/2023 1:56:50 PM (No. 1561309)
As a general rule, I never trust a Dem who switches.....unless there is a good history of actions and voting that proves some commitment to conservative issues. I have no connection to this guy, but I'm betting that Texans who know him will tell us if he's for real or not.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: rikkitikki 9/22/2023 1:57:23 PM (No. 1561310)
Unless a party-switcher can explain why their views have changed, then I can only assume they are switching for reasons other than that...such as expediency, money, etc...which do not inspire me to support them. There is even a chance they are doing so intentionally, to run for their next office as a Manchurian candidate....which also does not inspire me to support them.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: john56 9/22/2023 2:03:22 PM (No. 1561314)
Well, since Dallas city proper is pretty solid D, this is an interesting switch. I suspect he was looking at some serious primary competition next time around and by moving to the R side of the aisle, he's more-or-less guaranteed the Republican nomination and can draw from some more moderate voters in the general election, since Democrat primaries are basically measures of how woke you are. Back in the 80s, when many of the rural or semi-suburban counties in Texas were moving from D to R, one of our local more un-savory Dem politicians made the move to the Republican party. Privately, he said that the decision was picking which R he wanted: Rejected (as a Democrat), Retire (quit), or Re-elect (as a Republican). He, as most, chose the latter choice.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: seamusm 9/22/2023 2:14:10 PM (No. 1561324)
His switching parties AND being Black is good news. The GOP can work with that. Rest assured he doesn't hew to all the Republican wants in terms of policies. But if we want to be a more dominant party, then we dare not be purists and require some adherence to a litmus test. We have to understand that the GOP does not need to be as far right and arrogant as the Dimocrats are to the left.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: stablemoney 9/22/2023 2:32:46 PM (No. 1561337)
He may now be a Republican, but I think his heart is a Rino.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: Safari Man 9/22/2023 2:40:02 PM (No. 1561338)
Some of the staunchest conservatives are former Dimocrats. Ronald Reagan, Andrew Breitbart, etc. Its a long list. I am pretty impressed with Jeff Van Drew lately.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: msjena 9/22/2023 2:50:21 PM (No. 1561346)
This is a good thing. It also reflect that any thought of Texas going blue or even purple are dead with the situation on the border.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: snowoutlaw 9/22/2023 4:14:02 PM (No. 1561391)
Welcome to the Party, Pal.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: LadyVet 9/22/2023 4:18:40 PM (No. 1561394)
More of the "Walk Away" movement in the Black community.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: Geoman 9/22/2023 5:11:46 PM (No. 1561414)
Re: #8 - I'm kind of surprised you didn't include Trump in your short list of notable party switchers, as his latest switch was in '09 and he was elected as a Republican president 7 years later.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: MickTurn 9/22/2023 5:26:57 PM (No. 1561420)
He smelled the wind from Democraps and guess what, it smelled just like SchiffT!
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Reply 14 - Posted by: texaspast 9/22/2023 5:39:14 PM (No. 1561425)
This may be an indication that he intends to run for some state-wide office. No dem can win an honest state-wide election in Texas.
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Reply 15 - Posted by: Encore 9/22/2023 6:07:30 PM (No. 1561435)
Well, if it takes being mugged to become pro-cop, so much the better. Democrats can surely show you the road you don’t want to travel. So, take the high road.
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Reply 16 - Posted by: watashiyo 9/22/2023 9:25:31 PM (No. 1561481)
Har har hardy har har!
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Reply 17 - Posted by: BarryNo 9/23/2023 12:25:55 AM (No. 1561532)
He's still the same Pol. It's shirts or skins, but the team is "Team Tyranny". Dem, RINO, at this point, what difference does it make?
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Reply 18 - Posted by: Sorosisbehindit 9/23/2023 6:20:34 AM (No. 1561599)
As someone who is dealing with the likes of Senator Bill Cassidy in Louisiana....beware! A politician knows all too well that some people will never vote for anyone that does not have the R by their name. So if they want to be elected in an area that is majority R, it is the logical choice.
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Reply 19 - Posted by: 5 handicap 9/23/2023 6:40:29 AM (No. 1561603)
Anyone who values America and its conservative heritage is no longer welcome in the Democrat party.... it's a s simple as that, when the pep[le who have those values and have been lifelong Democrats figure it out...They switch. The Governor of West Virginia has proven himself after switching in 2016 as well as have others.
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Reply 20 - Posted by: Lawsy0 9/23/2023 6:46:07 AM (No. 1561606)
Which box did he check, RINO, or plain old GOP?
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Reply 21 - Posted by: govlawyer 9/23/2023 7:39:14 AM (No. 1561635)
After witnessing the mockery of the RINOs in the Paxton impeachment and trial, if he's a Bush Republican, he'll be welcomed with open arms.
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Reply 22 - Posted by: Richard from Norwood 9/23/2023 8:58:04 AM (No. 1561694)
So the big question; when are we going to see some Dem Congress people who , if they are not already sick of their fellow LIEING partners in misplaced thought processes going to learn to REASON and therefore switch??
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Reply 23 - Posted by: Highlander 9/23/2023 10:43:34 AM (No. 1561755)
I have faith he will not be a RINO
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Reply 24 - Posted by: singermom9 9/23/2023 11:44:48 AM (No. 1561818)
He will ALWAYS be a dem. He is just changing parties to SPY on us and run over to the dems with NEW INFO so the dems can win again. All money and power for the dems. They care NOTHING for "we the people".
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Reply 25 - Posted by: PrayerWarrior 9/23/2023 1:05:31 PM (No. 1561864)
In States where Republicans are very strong, many demonrats run as Republicans so they can get elected. Is this Dallas Mayor the case? Time will tell.
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Reply 26 - Posted by: bighambone 9/23/2023 5:57:17 PM (No. 1561974)
I agree with poster #25. A good example is out in the State of Nebraska where some elected DC politicians while they were in Nebraska campaigning claimed to be conservative Republicans, then after arrival in DC, based upon their records there, popped up as RINOs. In this case just watch that guy’s politics and you will see where he really stands pretty quickly. Former U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel of Nebraska is one, who after being elected showed that he was in actuality a RINO, thus made himself unelectable in Nebraska, and who in the end turned out to be openly an Obama guy.
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Reply 27 - Posted by: Omen55 9/23/2023 7:28:27 PM (No. 1562019)
Trump & GOP need 2 give him Prime Time slot at GOP convention.
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