Rumor Has It

We’ll be seeing several more Democrats become Republicans in the next few weeks. I don’t have all the details and it isn’t much new. I’ve heard that it will not be Channel, but that Royal is most likely along with a couple of others.

Interestingly, I’ve heard that Robert Ray, despite a lot of pressure, intends to remain a Zell Miller Democrat. The GOP will be drumming up some opposition for him, but fully expects Ray will win again, should he choose to run again. The opposition will, at best, be nominal. In fact, while Jay Walker has been circulated as a contender, the thinking is that the GOP will let Meg Nichols go for it, if she is so inclined, on the assumption that Robert Ray will beat her and Walker can be saved for later.

3 comments

  1. Tater Tate says:

    And what will they be given for their change? Plum committee posts? I’m all for welcoming into the tent the recently converted, but I think we need to make sure we take care of those who have been in the trenches for a long time.

    I’ve met Ray and he is an awfully nice guy. I understand he votes with our guys a lot. But if he doesn’t want to change and it is a district we can win, we ought to go after him.

    For races like that you need a candidate that can raise a lot of money. Ray probably has a lot in the bank because of his long tenure in the House.

  2. waterboy says:

    We have some Dems that think and vote like Republicans and vice-versa. It suits me to have some conservative thinking Dems out there…bipartisan support is a good thing. The Republicans are somewhat short on institutional knowledge and some of the folks like Royal can bring a that to the party.

    In a heavily Democratic district, how about supporting a conservative thinking Democrat in a race against the more liberal Dem incumbent? It could yield the best of both worlds and is certainly a possibility in rural areas.

    I will argue that Democrats aren’t the problem – LIBERALS are. Unfortunately they exist in both political parties.

  3. Doc says:

    They should all be welcomed if they share our conservative principles, but they should start at the back of our line with the freshmen. Courage should be rewarded. Switching now does not require courage.

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