August 26, 2005

MOLLY BROWNS:

TWO MORE VAN ZANDT COUNTY DEMOCRATS SWITCH PARTIES (LINDSAY RANDALL, 8/25/05, Tyler Morning Telegraph)

The Van Zandt County district attorney and the Precinct 2 commissioner have announced they are switching parties from Democratic to Republican, marking the county's third and fourth party switches since June.

District Attorney Leslie Poynter Dixon said the Democratic Party's press release regarding the party switch of Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Ronnie Daniell prompted her to announce her own change of heart.

"I had planned to formally announce my candidacy for re-election in December 2005 during the statutory filing period," Mrs. Dixon said in a written statement. "While, personally, I feel more comfortable discussing party affiliations during the legal election-filing period, I do not want to appear evasive or hesitant to discuss my party."

In a press release issued a few weeks ago, Democratic Party Chairman Vince Leibowitz said Mrs. Dixon and Commissioner David Risner had failed to return the forms necessary to reaffirm their candidacy on the Democratic ticket.

"We have already undertaken a search for opponents for all positions open on the ticket in 2006, and have had several people express an interest in the position of county commissioner," Leibowitz said.

Risner said his reasons had more to do with the local party than Democratic platforms.

"It seems like the Democratic Party was taking a real bad downfall," he said. "It's kind of like the Titanic - it was sinking and it seems like I had a lifeboat to get on."

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 26, 2005 4:08 PM
Comments

This is in Texas which is already solid red. Good to see but party switching in the purple states like MN and PA would be good.

Posted by: AWW at August 26, 2005 7:05 PM
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