Democrat state representatives having their eyes opened to the reality of their own party and the damage its done to the country has resulted in a number of these individuals switching parties over to the GOP during the course of the last month, giving Republicans three new supermajorities in state legislatures, bringing the countrywide total to 25.
North Carolina state Rep. Trisha Cotham announced that she would be leaving the Democratic Party and changing her affiliation to Republican, giving the Republicans in the state legislature all of the votes they would need to be a veto-proof supermajority in both chambers.
— Republican State Leadership Committee (@RSLC) April 5, 2023
“The party wants to villainize anyone who has free thought, free judgment, has solutions and wants to get to work to better our state,” Cotham remarked during a press conference announcing her decision to officially bid farewell to the Democrat party. “Not just sit in a meeting and have a workshop after a workshop, but really work with individuals to get things done.”
“If you don’t do exactly what the Democrats want you to do, they will try to bully you. They will try to cast you aside,” she continued.
According to a new report from Breitbart, “Additionally, in mid-March, Louisiana state Rep. Francis Thompson announced his plan to switch party affiliations from the Democrat party to the Republican Party. Like Cotham, Thompson switching parties gave the Louisiana Republicans a supermajority in the state House for the first time ever. Now the Republicans in the Bayou State have a veto-proof supermajority in both the House and Senate.”
Late night news: Republicans now hold a super majority in both chambers of Louisiana Legislature after iconic Rep. Francis Thompson flips parties. @LAGOP has presser at 8 a.m. Friday #lalege https://t.co/q9H4D5Ldos via @thenewsstar
— Greg Hilburn (@GregHilburn1) March 17, 2023
“This is a happy day, but it’s not a decision that was made in a day,” Thompson went on to say in an interview with USA Today. “I’ve struggled with this and have been thinking about it for more than a year when it has become clear that the Republican Party better represents my values and philosophy today.”
Earlier in the week, during a special election held in the state of Wisconsin, Republican state Rep. Dan Knodl beat the socks off Democratic lawyer Jodi Habush Sinykin in a battle for an open Senate seat. The seat became available after longtime GOP incumbent Alberta Darling decided it was time to retire, leading the governor to call for a special election.
“Knodl’s victory gives Senate Republicans a supermajority in the chamber, enough to override a gubernatorial veto in the Senate. However, a successful override takes a two-thirds vote in the Senate and Assembly. In the Assembly, Republicans remain two seats shy of a supermajority,” the report continued.
“This campaign has always been about focusing on the issues, like rising prices, crime, and education, and I am incredibly grateful to the voters of the 8th Senate District for placing their trust in me to represent them in the Wisconsin State Senate,” Knodl remarked in a statement issued Wednesday after nabbing the seat.
Now Republicans in the Wisconsin State Assembly are only two seats away from getting that tasty, tasty power to override vetos from Democratic Gov. Tony Evers.
“Michael Joyce, the communications director for Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC), the largest organization on the state level, dedicated to helping state leaders, told Breitbart News that ‘Democrats are joining Republican majorities to create supermajorities because they know that their constituents want strong conservative leadership to serve as a check on out-of-control Democrat governors who raise taxes, endanger communities with soft-on-crime policies, and strip parents of their right to have a say in their children’s education,'” Breitbart said.
“With 25 Republican supermajorities nationwide in state legislative chambers, it’s evident that the American people want principled conservatives to lead while Joe Biden and his Democrat cronies in the states drive our country off a cliff,” Joyce continued.