It appears more Democrats are turning on their own party as it becomes further radicalized.
Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson confirmed that he’s leaving the Democrat Party and becoming a Republican.
Johnson says Democrat policies are responsible for destroying major cities around the country. Dallas-Fort Worth rates as the country’s fourth largest metropolitan area, and the ninth largest city. (Trending: Biden Breaks Texas Town’s All-Time Record)
BREAKING: Citing the Democrats’ failed approach to public safety and crime, Dallas, TX Mayor Eric Johnson is leaving the Democrat Party and joining the Republican Party.
— CJ Pearson (@thecjpearson) September 22, 2023
“I don’t believe I can stay on the sidelines any longer,” Johnson said.
“I have always tried to be honest and say what I think is right for my city. The future of America’s great urban centers depends on the willingness of the nation’s mayors to champion law and order and practice fiscal conservatism,” he continued.
Johnson confirmed that next spring, he will be voting in the Republican primary. His career in elected office will end in 2027. “I will leave office as a Republican,” he noted.
“Our cities desperately need the genuine commitment to these principles (as opposed to the inconsistent, poll-driven commitment of many Democrats) that has long been a defining characteristic of the GOP.”
Prior to becoming mayor, Johnson served as a Democrat in the Republican-led Texas House of Representatives.
“With my change in party affiliation, I recognize that the number of Republican mayors leading the nation’s 10 largest cities has increased from zero to one,” Johnson said. “This is hardly a red wave.
“But it is clear that the nation and its cities have reached a time for choosing. And the overwhelming majority of Americans who call our cities home deserve to have real choices — not ‘progressive’ echo chambers — at city hall.” (Trending: 8 Undeniable Facts About Joe Biden)
“Mayors and other local elected officials have failed to make public safety a priority or to exercise fiscal restraint,” Johnson wrote.
“Most of these local leaders are proud Democrats who view cities as laboratories for liberalism rather than as havens for opportunity and free enterprise.”
“Too often, local tax dollars are spent on policies that exacerbate homelessness, coddle criminals, and make it harder for ordinary people to make a living.”
“And too many local Democrats insist on virtue signaling — proposing half-baked government programs that aim to solve every single societal ill — and on finding new ways to thumb their noses at Republicans at the state or federal level. Enough. This makes for good headlines, but not for safer, stronger, more vibrant cities.”
“When my political hero Theodore Roosevelt was born, only 20% of Americans lived in urban areas,” Johnson wrote.
“By the time he was elected president, that share had doubled to 40%. Today, it stands at 80%. As America’s cities go, so goes America.” (Trending: Kari Lake Blasts ‘Woke’ NFL)
“Alone among America’s 10 most populous cities, Dallas has brought violent crime down in every major category, including murder, year-over-year for the past two years,” Johnson wrote.
“In a recent Gallup poll asking Americans to rate the safety of major cities, Dallas came out on top.”
“After these wins for the people of Dallas — and after securing 98.7% of the vote in my re-election campaign this year — I have no intention of changing my approach to my job. But today I am changing my party affiliation,” Johnson wrote.