We’re All Republicans Now: Mike Cheokas Edition

ATLANTA – State Representative Mike Cheokas of Americus today announced that he is joining the House Republican Caucus and resigning from the House Democratic Caucus.“I made this decision in careful consultation with members of my community after being approached by many of them and hearing their thoughts,” said Rep. Cheokas. “As a member of the House since 2004, I have been driven to best represent the needs and interests of my constituents at the State Capitol in Atlanta. My fiscally conservative voting record reflects that effort and the views of my constituents, which ultimately led me to join the House Republican Caucus.”

With today’s announcements, the Georgia House of Representatives now consists of 114 Republicans, 63 Democrats, and one independent. Two seats are currently vacant due to the passing of Rep. Tony Sellier (R-Fort Valley) and the appointment of Rep. Mark Williams (R-Jesup) as Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

“Mike Cheokas is a principled leader who has demonstrated courage in putting the interests of his district ahead of political party,” said House Speaker David Ralston. “He will be a valuable and important member of our team, committed to an agenda that is focused on creating jobs and providing economic opportunities for Georgians.”

Representative Cheokas represents the citizens of Sumter, Schley and Marion counties, as well as portions of Talbot County. He was elected into the House of Representatives in 2004, and currently serves as the Secretary of the Higher Education subcommittee of Appropriations and is a member of the Insurance, Health & Human Services, Information and Audits, and State Institutions & Property committees.


  1. Kellie says:

    “We are all republicans” because none of us really stand for anything.
    I am sorry but how can all these politicians all of a sudden have a change of heart. It seems to me to be a Republican in GA you must first be a Democrat. 🙂
    just saying…

    • Toxic Avenger says:

      Cheokas’ moustache hasn’t voted like a Democrat for years. I presumed we lost him.

      I think the only sadness I retain is that we lost our Porno Facial Hair Caucus yesterday.

  2. Rick Day says:

    Yeah, he is ‘principled’ all right. We Independents are making a list.

    Honestly, there is so little difference between the ‘two parties’ that this is not really that big a deal, other than having a new name badge made.

    At least now the Republicans will [continue] to shoulder the blame for everything negative, and get credit for everything positive that happens at the state level from now on.

  3. Lifetime367 says:

    Cheokas is smart and responsible and he’s very well liked in his district. He’ll be able to hold that seat.

  4. Clint says:

    Not that it’s big news, but I must be one of the few people who hasn’t seen the spirit of enlightenment that is causing so many to abandon their partisan ways and turn over new leafs into the GA GOP.

    The GOP has these loyalty oaths and such and they must only be used or enforced when you’re trying to stop people from running under the banner, and don’t apply so much when it comes to just switching the letter behind your name while in the office in which you actually serve.

    In the midst of this great awakening in GA, I’m one of the few who has decided that the Republican Party only rarely represents my interests and thus have become an independent voter not affiliated with either party. More voters need to evaluate the issues basedon the merits of the issue and not the adherence to the group think of a political party. Had these party switchers any core values, they would have either served out the remainder of their term as independents and caucused with their future party or outright resigned from office and run for reelection under their new party banner — signed oaths and all.

  5. Lifetime367 says:

    Clint, you should try decaf.

    This is just about pragmatism and the practical application of values and standards in the real political world. Nobody signs a blood oath and there is no gauntlet of fire. They’re just politicians that happened to get 5 or 6 or 10 thousand votes. Now they want to go to Atlanta and be effective. It will be virtually impossible to be effective as a caucasian Democrat in the 2011 Georgia General Assembly. Does that mean that Ed Rynders and Doug McKillup are going to agree all the time? Of course not.

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