A Democrat lawmaker from Georgia has reached her limit with the Democratic Party and announced she is officially switching to the Republicans.
Mesha Mainor, a Democrat who has represented District 56 in the Georgia State House since January 2021, announced the move today.
In a statement announcing the switch, Mainor denounced the Democratic Party.
She said: “When I decided to stand up on behalf of disadvantaged children in support of school choice, my Democrat colleagues didn’t stand by me.
“They crucified me.
“When I decided to stand up in support of safe communities and refused to support efforts to defund the police, they didn’t back me.
“They abandoned me.
“For far too long, the Democrat Party has gotten away with using and abusing the black community.
“For decades, the Democrat Party has received the support of more than 90% of the black community.
“And what do we have to show for it?
“I represent a solidly blue district in the city of Atlanta.
“This isn’t a political decision for me. It’s a moral one.
“Education and the importance of school choice has been – and will continue to be – a key focus of mine.
“But outside of education, I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Georgia General Assembly to tackle the most pressing issues facing our state and to help grow the Republican Party, helping us not focus not just on preaching to the choir but growing the congregation.
“I support school choice, parent rights, and opportunities for children to thrive, especially those that are marginalized and tend to fail in school.
“The Democrats at the Georgia State Capitol took a hard position and demanded every Democrat vote against children and for the teachers union.
“I voted yes for parents and yes for children not failing schools.
“I have a few colleagues upset with me to the point where they are giving away $1,000 checks to anyone that will run against me.
“I’m not apologizing because my colleagues don’t like how I vote.
“It’s ironic. I’ll say every election year, I hear ‘Black Lives Matter.’
“But do they?
“I see every other minority being prioritized except black children living in poverty that can’t read.
“We’ll send $1,000,000 to the border for immigrant services.
“But black communities, not even a shout-out.
“I’m sorry, I don’t agree with this.
“I’m not backing down and I’m actually just getting started.”
BREAKING: Georgia Democrat State Rep. @MeshaMainor, who represents a deep blue district in Atlanta, announces that she is switching her party registration to Republican, saying her Dem colleagues “crucified her” over support for school choice.https://t.co/GvlenK6GQl
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) July 11, 2023
“The most dangerous thing to the Democrat Party is a black person with a mind of their own,” she said when asked if she will face a backlash from Democrats.
“So, it wouldn’t surprise me.”