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TX Democrats Join GOP


December 15, 2010

It’s official: 2 Texas Democrats Join Republican Party

David Paulin

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It’s official: Two Texas Democratic lawmakers have switched parties and are now Republicans: before a standing room only, packed house of reporters, officeholders and party officials, RPT Chairman Steve Munisteri today led off a press conference announcing that State Rep. Allan Ritter and State Rep. Aaron Pena were switching to the Republican Party.

As the Austin American-Statesman reports:
Both represent House districts that just a few years ago were considered Democratic Party strongholds.

The party switches – the most at one time in the House in more than 15 years – give Republicans a so-called “supermajority” in the Texas House, meaning that with 100 GOP lawmakers they can pass laws, waive rules, and do other legislative things with little that Democrats can do to stop them.
In Texas, at least, the Democrat brand is so seriously damaged, apparently, that even in onetime strongholds, legislators are jumping ship.

Even worse news for the Dems:
If [the GOP] win a Seguin-area seat to replace the late Rep. Edmund Kuempel in Tuesday’s election, as expected, their majority will reach 101.

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