Powell joins House Republicans

A couple of months ago, State Rep. Alan Powell, one of the more independent-minded members of the legislature, hinted that he would likely switch parties should Roy Barnes fail to beat Nathan Deal. This morning, Jim Galloway noted that State Rep. Alan Powell had resigned from the House Democratic Caucus.

Word coming from the House Republican Caucus meeting is that Powell has offically joined, becoming its 109th member.

23 comments

  1. bowersville says:

    No surprise there. The Democratic party in Georgia is dead. Just as when the Democrats were in control of the state, the control of Georgia will be decided in the Republican primary.

    Incumbency will not carry the clout it once did in future Republican primaries.

    • Gerald says:

      Whether the Democrats stay dead is a function of how the GOP actually governs. Allow me to propose that the past 8 years haven’t been a good start. The GOP has benefited during that time from things going on in the national scene (war on terror, banking system meltdown, Obama et al) that have helped taken the spotlight off the burgeoning mess that is our state. But by 2012 the national economy will have rebounded (as I stated earlier, the expiration of the Bush tax cuts combined with less spending by the GOP House will dramatically reduce the deficit, which will strengthen the dollar, and if we actually get entitlement reform, as the Obama administration has stated that it is amenable to, it will strengthen it even more) and we will either have a GOP president or finally have to face up to and acknowledge the president that we already have (gee, haven’t heard much from the birthers since winning the House on Tuesday, have we?). At that time, Georgia voters will finally have to start holding Georgia leaders accountable for stuff like transportation, water, economic development, education reform (and like Perdue, Deal opposes vouchers!) etc.

      • bowersville says:

        I don’t disagree with you Gerald in your analysis of the GaGOP and how they will govern in times to come. Where I do disagree is that I don’t believe the DPG will take the steps needed today to be in a position to take advantage of the short comings of the GaGOP which will surely come. The DPG can’t do it with minorities and progressives alone. Could a Zell Miller or a Sam Nunn even survive in the DPG of today?

        Georgia as a whole is slightly right of center. With this cycle of defeats IMHO I believe the DPG will go further left. Georgia voters are not there today. It’s further my opinion that the various factions of social conservatives, fiscal conservatives, moderates, libertarian leaners and independents will express their differences in the Republican primaries.

        Until the demographics change that’s where we are. I for one wished it wasn’t the way it is because I believe a strong opposition party is a viable check and balance. But it’s here where I think we are at this point in time.

    • kyleinatl says:

      For a while…remember, the state demographics are slowly changing…and, it’s never good to be on top completely (especially in our information age) especially if things don’t go well.

      • Gerald says:

        The demographics aren’t really changing in Georgia … this state isn’t going to become California anytime soon. Plus, the idea that demographic change equals political change isn’t always true. Look at the huge Hispanic populations of Texas, Arizona, Florida and New Mexico … those states are actually more likely to elect Republicans than they were when those states were whiter. (Democrats used to run Florida like an iron fist, and Hispanics were the ones responsible for allowing the GOP to actually win statewide races in Florida.)

        So, the Democrats won’t be saved in the peach state by some coalition of blacks and Hispanics. Instead, it will be Republicans like Sonny Perdue, Nathan Deal, Casey Cagle, Eric Johnson, Glenn Richardson etc. who will make the case for the Democrats with their own incompetence, corruption, and fear of offending their base. (That is, unless these guys change their stripes. Which is unlikely.)

        • kyleinatl says:

          You’re probably right Gerald, but let me be more blunt about it…the baby boomer generation is also dying off, every generation is more liberal than the last, at some point this will catch up with Georgia. The question is will the GOP catch on?

  2. Jeff says:

    There are several left. In SWGA alone there are Gerald Greene (D-Cuthbert), Mike Cheokas (D-Americus), and George Hooks (D-Americus). Both Thompsons in the Senate (Steve and Curtis) just easily won re-election, and both are white male Democrats.

    • Gerald says:

      They are white male Democrats because they want to be. And as I stated above, if Georgia doesn’t start moving again in the next 2 years, there will be a lot more white male Democrats to join them in the next legislature, no matter how much you attempt to gerrymander. Folks who automatically equate Republicans with good government and a strong economy haven’t taken a look around the messes that the GOP has made in some of the other states in this country, and are also doing their best to ignore the failures of Georgia’s GOP. It is fine to be partisan, but being blind only deludes yourself. Unless Deal and company actually provide leadership in a state that is in critical need of it, they will be booted in 2 years. My goodness, look at all the huge Georgia employers that have either been bought out, left the state, or are teetering, and Georgia is among the national leaders in bank failures, and has an unemployment rate that is half a point above the national average. Add that to the water, transportation, education, ethics issues, and if anyone other than “white male Republicans” were running this state, you guys would be having a field day talking about how the Democrats are doing to the whole state what Andrew Young, Bill Campbell and Maynard Jackson did to Atlanta and their brethren did to Detroit. But, since you guys are in charge, everything is fine, right?

      • bowersville says:

        Gerald, Jeff is a libertarian and I’m an independent. Neither one of us has ever implied things were okay because THEY ARE WHITE MALE Republicans.

      • seenbetrdayz, Ph.D. says:

        I think you’re the first one to accuse (J)eff of being a republican.

        You must be thinking of (j)eff.

        It’s hard think it’s not even worth it to vote for Mike Keown over Sanford Bishop, and somehow qualify as being a ‘blind partisan’ for the GOP.

    • Erick Likes Puppies says:

      Cheokas introduced Jimmy Carter not two weeks ago at a House Caucus event. He’s going nowhere.

      Just because you’re white, male, rural, and a Democrat doesn’t mean you’re going to switch parties. Frankly, it’s a form of reverse racism to assume anything otherwise.

      • bowersville says:

        Just because you’re white, male, D etc. and switch is because the numbers don’t add up anymore for Powell. According to the AJC P/I the numbers in Powell’s district are:

        2000-GW Bush………..61%
        2002-Sonny Perdue….59%
        2004-Bush………………68%
        2006-Perdue……………58%
        2010-the three counties Powell represents voted for Deal from between….63 & 75%.

        Powell’s switch had nothing to do with race either.

        • bowersville says:

          Something for the Democrats to ponder.

          With those numbers in Powell’s district Powell continued to be elected as a Democrat.

  3. Tiberius says:

    That is going to make redistricitng a little more difficult. Those districts up there in Hartwell and Royston have to grow and we already got Carl McCall and the guy from Commerce to look after.

    Welcome!!

  4. Joshua Morris says:

    Interesting. I debated Powell in 2008 on Gainesville radio regarding the state budget. He wasn’t complementary of the Republicans’ handling of it.

  5. Goldwater Conservative says:

    Does this mean that in 2010 when Powell runs for reelection he will have to sign that fascist loyalty oath?

    Will he have to sign something before joining the republican caucus? Does anybody know?

  6. fishtail says:

    I don’t blame Powell for switching. He just sees the hand-writing on the wall. Powell is a decent guy. However, as an independent, I don’t have to switch parties and I will still remain very suspicious of the characters flocking to the GA GOP.

      • fishtail says:

        As well you should, Charlie. I believe the Nathan Deal regime will prove to be a full-employment act for investigative journalists. Get the popcorn ready, boys. This is gonna be fun to watch.

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