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  • Alyssa Spencer

Georgia State Democrat Defects to GOP After Standing Against Party

Updated: Aug 1, 2023

Georgia Rep. Mesha Mainor


Georgia democrat, Mesha Mainor, has announced that she is leaving the democratic party and joining the GOP. Mainor has represented district 56 in the Georgia House since January of 2021.


The party switch seems to have resulted from Mainor angering her democratic colleagues over supporting a pro–school choice bill. She made this statement to Fox News Digital regarding the issue:


 “When I decided to stand up on behalf of disadvantaged children in support of school choice, my Democrat colleagues didn’t stand by me, they crucified me. When I decided to stand up in support of safe communities and refused to support efforts to defund the police, they didn’t back me. They abandoned me.”


“For far too long, the Democrat Party has gotten away with using and abusing the black community," she added. "For decades, the Democrat Party has received the support of more than 90% of the black community. And what do we have to show for it? I represent a solidly blue district in the city of Atlanta. This isn’t a political decision for me. It’s a moral one.”


Mesha Mainor had previously posted on twitter this statement: “I’m a sitting Democrat in the Georgia House of Representatives and the Democrat Party Establishment is looking to take me out. I’m tired of hearing certain folks in my party chant Black Lives Matter during Election Years but are NOWHERE to be found any other year.”


Mainor’s defect to the Republican party follows a common trend. Other democrats who have defected have been Tulsi Gabbard who formerly represented Hawaii’s 2nd congressional district, took to Twitter and denounced the democratic party in a fiery post:


“I can no longer remain in today’s Democratic Party that is now under the complete control of an elitist cabal of warmongers driven by cowardly wokeness, who divide us by racializing every issue & stoke anti-white racism, actively work to undermine our God-given freedoms,” read the excerpt.


Democratic North Carolina State Rep. Tricia Cotham also defected from the democratic party giving Republicans a veto-proof supermajority in the state house. In a statement to the New York Times she said: “The modern-day Democratic Party has become unrecognizable to me and to so many others throughout this state and this country,”


Two democratic lawmakers in Louisiana defected to the GOP this past spring. Both state Rep. Jeremy LaCombe and state Rep. Francis Thompson decided to leave the Democratic party. Although their reasons for defecting remain unclear, many suspect that it is due to the increased radicalization of the Democratic party.


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