North Carolina Democrat Switches Parties

North Carolina Democrat Switches Parties

( – Modern-day politics have created a deep divide between many Americans. Many people on both sides of the political aisle have developed an “us and them” mentality in which if someone doesn’t align perfectly with their beliefs, they must not be a true member of the party. Such feelings have driven one Democrat in North Carolina to switch sides.

Making the Switch

North Carolina State Representative Tricia Cotham (R-NC) recently announced she was switching political parties. The former Democrat explained that the Left effectively pushed her out. Cotham noted that she had been on the fence about switching until she received criticism for having an American flag and praying hands emojis in her usernames on social media and her cars.

Cotham mentioned that Governor Roy Cooper (D-NC) and others within the state’s Democratic party instructed her to follow in the footsteps of North Carolina’s top officials. The newly-minted Republican mentioned she was bullied for not completely aligning with her former party. Cotham, who ran as a Democrat, fought her way through a crowded primary to go on to beat her Republican opponent by almost 20%. Could her switch encourage others to follow?

Facing Backlash

Axios was the first to report on Cotham’s potential switch. After hearing news that she might become a Republican, Governor Cooper said it was upsetting. In a statement to the Washington Post, the Democrat detailed that Cotham’s vote regarding key issues like women’s reproductive rights, LGBTQ rights, election laws, and public schools will “determine the direction” of the Tar Heel State.

Cooper asserted that regardless of whether she’s a Republican or a Democrat, Cotham should vote the way she originally intended. The governor mentioned it was difficult for him to believe the state representative would abandon her “long held principles.”

Meanwhile, other North Carolina Democrats called upon Cotham to resign, citing her deception and betrayal.

What the Switch Means for North Carolina

North Carolina Republicans fought their way to win a supermajority in the state’s senate but came up short by a single seat to do the same in the lower chamber of the state’s congress. However, with Representative Cotham’s decision to switch, the GOP now holds a supermajority — 60% or more of the seats — in both chambers.

With a supermajority in their favor, it will be easier for North Carolina Republicans to pass legislation, and the 60% threshold allows them to veto-proof their bills. It’s a dagger in the heart of Democrats as Cooper has prevented the state legislature from passing much of their agenda, including abortion restrictions and access to firearms.

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