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