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May 24, 2005

Prominent North Carolina Democrat leaves the Dark Side

From the North Carolina News and Observer:

Lawrence Davis, a former state Democratic Party chairman from Raleigh, has switched his registration to the Republican Party.
Davis said he decided to switch parties because his personal beliefs on issues such as abortion, same-sex marriages and the lottery differed from the positions of the Democratic Party.

"Basically, it's an effort to bring some coherence between my beliefs and my actions," Davis said. "I felt my [former] party was on the wrong side of right-wrong issues."

Davis, a devout Christian, said the Democratic Party has been on the right side of such issues as civil rights.

"But I see the Republican Party making some pretty good strides in that area," he said. "President Bush, whatever one thinks of him, has placed some African-Americans in pretty good positions. In the Senate leadership, we see a marked shift from Trent Lott to Bill Frist."

I've been seeing a lot of that lately. The DNC leadership have been taking many of their, formerly steady, voting blocks for granted, and are now losing them. Southern, “old-school” Democrats continue to recognize that the party of their youth died long, long ago.

Posted by Danny Carlton at May 24, 2005 08:24 AM

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