North Carolina Republican Calls It Quits With GOP, Joins Democratic Party

Author: November 2, 2013 4:39 am
Jason Thigpen, NC candidate, defects from GOP to the Democratic party.

In a shocking turn-about, Jason Thigpen — an NC House candidate and decorated war hero — dumped the GOP and switched to the Democratic party. Here’s why. Photo of Jason Thigpen from the Thigpen for Congress facebook page.

North Carolina Republicans enacted the worst voter suppression laws in the nation this past summer. And because of that and the general extremism of the entire party, one House candidate has switched his allegiance from the GOP to the Democratic Party.

Here’s why Jason Thigpen, an NC house candidate and war veteran, renounced the GOP and joined the Democratic party.

War veteran Jason Thigpen had been a member of the Republican Party. He was even running for Congress on the GOP ticket in North Carolina. But no longer. The purple heart recipient officially renounced the GOP in a message on his website on Monday.

“I simply cannot stand with a Party where its most extreme element promote hate and division amongst people,” Thigpen explained. “Nothing about my platform has, nor will it change. The government shutdown was simply the straw that broke the camels back. I guess being an American just isn’t good enough anymore… I refuse to be part of an extremist movement in the GOP that only appears to thrive on fear and hate mongering of anyone and everyone who doesn’t walk their line.”

Thigpen continued his manifesto by talking about how he didn’t risk his life fighting for his country only to see it wrecked by extreme right-wingers. Jason Thigpen called out the NC GOP for passing voter suppression laws. He believes the right to vote is sacred and shouldn’t be denied to any American.

“I didn’t go to war to defend the liberties and freedoms of one Party, race, sex, or one income class of Americans. Whether white, black, Hispanic, Asian, man, woman, gay, lesbian, straight, rich, or poor – we fought together as equals, side-by-side for the benefit of every American in the same. So, to come home from serving our country and see North Carolina legislators using their super-majority status to gerrymander districts and pass a law to deliberately suppress and oppress the voting rights of Democrats but more specifically minorities and college students, is absolutely deplorable.”

Jason Thigpen even defended a woman’s right to choose, and had strong words for the GOP-led legislature that passed anti-abortion laws in North Carolina.

“This same group of spineless legislators piggybacked a motorcycle safety bill with legislation intentionally geared to shut down women’s health clinics because of their ‘right righteous’ beliefs on abortion, while then cutting funding to the programs which help feed and provide healthcare to the babies they invariably forced the same women to have. Sounds like the Christian thing to do, huh?”

Thigpen is now poised to challenge incumbent Walter Jones as a Democrat for North Carolina’s 3rd Congressional District. If victorious, Jason Thigpen will go to Washington DC to serve his state in the House of Representatives.

Jason Thigpen isn’t the first Republican to jump ship due to how extreme the GOP has become.

This is just the second time in two weeks that a Republican has made the decision to jump ship in favor of the Democratic Party. Last month, Texas Judge Carlo Key also announced his departure from the GOP because the party has become too extreme.

Have people finally realized how destructive the GOP is?

The extremism of the GOP is driving moderates into the huge welcoming tent of the Democrats. Judges, military veterans, congressional candidates, and even voters are finally waking up to the fact that the GOP only stands for fear, hate, racism, sexism, and voter suppression. The zealots that have taken over the party care nothing about the US and they don’t give a damn about making our government work. Their only goal is to burn the government down, and the nation along with it. That being said, as long as extremism rules the GOP, it will continue shrinking until all that’s left is a few feeble Tea Party members. Then they’ll really be able to scream about becoming a minority. Only nobody will be sad about it. Everyone will simply cheer for the victory of sanity and reason.

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  • GodlessLiberalAtheist

    I can’t help but think Manchurian Candidates. It would be a brilliant strategy for he GOP if they could get enough elected

  • I hope it’s just simple pessimism I’m seeing here. Does everyone really believe that it’s impossible for one to realize the error of their ways? If so, we’re a sorry lot indeed.

    The main ideological difference between liberalism and conservatism is how each views the rest of humanity. As a general rule, conservatives believe that most are lazy, and without morality, and must be forced into virtue (with them doing the forcing, of course). For the most part, liberals believe that most are decent, hard-working, and just doing the best they can. Of course there are exceptions on both sides. Humans are complex.

    Though, after reading these comments, I may have to re-think that position.

  • My colleagues are correct- will this bird sing the same tune after election day?

    After all, he’s already shown himself to be a turncoat.

  • Trusting a serpent with a forked tongue to be telling the truth, I am not so sure that is a good idea. Has no one learned anything from history??? I have seen many Republicans run on the democratic ticket just to get elected or re-elected, and then they go back to their old greedy self-serving ways. And sadly, NC has no recall process, none.

  • The only thing I worry about with all of these republicans jumping ship to run as democrats is that they’ll get elected as democrats, and STILL push the same conservative agenda. Center’s already been pushed too far the right as it is.

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