COLUMBUS COUNTY – We’ve had a couple of these in the last few years – Democratic elected officials switching party registrations to Republican. One was in the General Assembly, State Rep. William Brisson, who just won his first election as a Republican in 2018.
People representing rural, historically Democratic strongholds that are downright conservative when compared to the Chapel Hills and Ashevilles of the Old North State, find it hard to identify with the increasingly radical Leftists controlling the N.C. Democratic Party. So, they find a new political home that better matches their values.
From The News Reporter:
“For what is thought to be the third time in history, Columbus County has a Republican county commissioner.
Edwin Russ, who has represented District Four on the county board as a Democrat for the past 10 years, filed paperwork with the Columbus County Board of Elections Monday making the party change official.
Republicans who previously have served on the board of commissioners are Caletta Faulk and Dial Gray.
Russ was low key in talking about the switch, which he said was prompted mainly by the fact that he feels the national Democratic Party and the upper echelons of state party Democrats in North Carolina no longer represent his core philosophies.
“I appreciate the support and encouragement I have received from the Democratic Party in the past,” Russ said. “However, after much thought, I have switched my party affiliation to Republican because at this time, I feel Republican Party ideas and beliefs best relate to the citizens of Columbus County and to me personally.””
The further Left the Democratic leadership moves; the more the cater to the social justice warriors and environmentalist whackos; the more they stand to cut the base of their party out from underneath them.
Read more about his switch here.