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Seven Mississippi County Democrats Flip To The Republican Party

By Jeffrey Hess | Published 30 May 2012 04:55pm | comments
Leake County Sheriff Greg Waggoner

Seven Mississippi Democrats, currently serving at the county level, are switching to the Republicans. MPB's Jeffrey Hess reports on the trend of democratic defections to the Republican Party.

"If we are going to preserve our country we are going to have to preserve our families. And we are not going to preserve our families going the route they want to go,"

That's Leake County Sheriff Greg Waggoner explaining why he is switching to the Republican party.

Waggoner says the national Democratic Party has taken what he calls an 'extreme left turn', especially on the issue of same-sex marriage.

"its time to say this is enough. We have gone too far. We have gone down the road of moral decay too far. It is time to stop it. It is time to turn around and let's go back together," Waggoner said.

Waggoner is among a group of 7 democrats, all elected at the county level, that changed their allegiance in Jackson yesterday.

In recent years, Mississippi Republicans have turned a number of legislative and state seats and G-O-P chairman Joe Nosef says this is the beginning of their next goal; flipping more locally elected officials.

"Now the front line on this battle is the local, county and municipal offices. Since Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama have taken over the national Democratic party, we have had over 50 officials who have switched from the Democratic party to the Republican party," Nosef said.

Rickey Cole, executive director of the state democratic party, says the party switchers 'posed' as democrats and should resign and run again as Republicans.

"Its an expected part of the transition to a two party state. We hate it when anyone runs as a Democrat and then decides to be a Republican because we feel like they have misled the public," Cole said.

The switching by local level officials is an 'ominous' sign for the party as a whole according to Marty Wisemann, the director of the Stennis Institute of Government at Mississippi State.

"If the Democrats ever saw the last bastion, the county courthouse, invaded by Republicans than they are really in trouble as a party," Wisemann said.

Wisemann says democrats need to sharpen their message in order to slow or reverse the trend toward the Republican party.

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Leake County Sheriff Greg Waggoner


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