The tighter President Barack Obama, US Senator Harry Reid, & Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi embrace their party’s New Left patrons, the more other Democrats seek to wiggle out of their party’s ideological death squeeze:
A wave of local and state Democrats throughout the U.S. are leaving the party due to controversy over its leaders’ support for “gay marriage,” as well as concerns about religious freedom and the defense of the unborn.
“There comes a time when you have to stand on what you believe in,” said Greg Waggoner, sheriff of Leake County, Miss. “And I can no longer have any connection with the Democratic Party if that’s the route they’re going to take.”
Waggoner was one of seven local Mississippi Democrats who formally switched his party affiliation to Republican on May 30.
This trend has been accelerating notably in conservative parts of the country such as the South & the Midwest:
This support for “same-sex marriage” was a concern for Rick Murphrey, mayor of Kings Mountain, N.C., and prominent Pennsylvania committeewoman Jo Ann Nardelli, both of whom were lifelong Democrats before they recently switched their party affiliation to Republican.
Nardelli, a Catholic, told the National Catholic Register that she had watched the party drift away from her values and her faith. She pointed specifically to statements by (Vice-President Joe) Biden and Obama endorsing “gay marriage” as motivating her decision to leave.
Several former Democrats also criticized the party’s continuing support for abortion, as well as religious freedom concerns sparked by a mandate issued recently by the Obama administration.
Texas state representative J.M. Lozano switched parties in March, citing his “pro-life” values as one reason for doing so.
Former Alabama Congressman Artur Davis, a Democrat who had previously supported Obama, revealed in a May 29 blog post that if he were to run for office again in the future, “it would be as a Republican.”
Davis explained that the party’s agenda has changed, particularly since Obama took office, and said that he no longer feels aligned with its positions.