Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson has just announced he’s switching parties from Democrat to Republican.
Johnson said he’s flipped because the Democrats’ positions on crime and homelessness have been a disaster.
In a statement announcing the move, the mayor said:
“Today I am changing my party affiliation.
“Next spring, I will be voting in the Republican primary.
“When my career in elected office ends in 2027 on the inauguration of my successor as mayor, I will leave office as a Republican.
“I realize this will come as a surprise to many.
“During the decade I spent serving my hometown in the Texas House of Representatives, I was a Democrat in a Republican-controlled Legislature.
“I prided myself on finding common-sense solutions and worked closely with my conservative colleagues to improve policing, public education, and water infrastructure.
“I was never a favorite of the Democratic caucus, and the feeling was mutual. By the time I was elected mayor—a nonpartisan office—in 2019, I was relieved to be free from hyperpartisanship and ready to focus on solving problems.
“But I don’t believe I can stay on the sidelines any longer,” he revealed.
“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.
“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.
“In other words, American cities need Republicans—and Republicans need American cities,” Johnson noted.
“When my political hero Theodore Roosevelt was born, only 20% of Americans lived in urban areas.
“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.
“Unfortunately, many of our cities are in disarray,” the mayor explained.
“Mayors and other local elected officials have failed to make public safety a priority or to exercise fiscal restraint.
“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.
“In the coming years, I will continue to pursue my three-pronged goal for Dallas: to become the safest major city in America with the best park system in Texas and the lowest taxes in our fast-growing North Texas region.
“And I intend to keep the promise I made to Dallas voters in 2019 and refrain from endorsing candidates seeking partisan political office while I am mayor.
“This is about promoting policies and principles, not personalities and politicians.
“Still, 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.
“This is hardly a red wave,” he said.
“But it is clear that the nation and its cities have reached a time for choosing.”