Video: Two Elected Texas Democrats Switch to GOP
December 14, 2010 - by Bryan Preston
The Democratic Party’s civil war continues to take its toll. Jim Geraghty noted that across the South, a handful of elected Democrat officials switched parties this week, and the week prior to that I noted that several others had switched, including two black Democrats in Georgia.
In Texas Tuesday, two Democratic state Representatives hung up the donkey and switched teams: State Rep. Allan Ritter of southeast Texas (District 21), and state Rep. Aaron Pena of Hidalgo County (District 40) , are now Republicans, giving the Texas GOP an almost unthinkable 101-49 supermajority in the state House.
Usually I’d worry that moves like this are political opportunism, but Pena at least sounds like he’s moving over to the party most like his real views on issues.