November 8, 2002
HEADED FOR HIGHER GROUND:Ga. Senate tilting to GOP: Dan Lee of LaGrange jumps from Democratic Party (JAMES SALZER, 11/08/02, Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
State Sen. Dan Lee became the first Democratic legislator this morning to announce his switch to the GOP.
Lee made the expected announcement as Gov.-elect Sonny Perdue's seven-city victory tour stopped in his hometown. "From this day forward, they can count me in the Republican aisle in the Senate," Lee said.
Perdue announced that Lee would be an assistant floor leader in the Senate when the Legislature convenes in January. Sen. Bill Stephens (R-Canton) will be the governor's floor leader, Perdue said. The floor leader carries the governor's legislation on the Senate floor, while the assistant floor leaders line up votes for the governor's initiatives.
Perdue, who himself switched from the Democratic to the Republican party in 1998, welcomed Lee to the fold. "We are here to work for the people of Georgia, not against anybody," Perdue said.
Lee, who was elected to the Senate in 1998, said that other Democratic senators who do not intend the switch had pledged to work with the Republican administration.
Here's more cover for Zell Miller: "It is with great regret that I today announce that I, like many of my fellow Democrats in Georgia, no longer feel that once great party best represents the interests of our state and nation..."
Posted by Orrin Judd at November 8, 2002 12:17 PM