The Texas Democratic Party is condemning Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson after he announced on Friday that he would officially leave the party and become a Republican.
”I think this announcement today is nothing short of an insult to voters, especially here in Dallas County and the City of Dallas,” Dallas County Democratic Party Chairman Kaldar Coleman told FOX News Digital on Friday.
“Voters elected Mayor Johnson and were told they would get certain values, but Mayor Johnson hasn’t delivered on that. So now he’s trying to change parties. This is strictly is not just a matter of partisanship. I think this is self-aggrandizement.” He is choosing politics over people. ”
Coleman told Fox News Digital that Johnson had no ties to Dallas’ Democratic Party since taking office, and that his status as a Republican was the city’s “worst-kept secret.”
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“He was simply defending voters who promised to uphold democratic values,” Coleman said. “It’s no secret that the Republican National Committee is courting black men, and I believe Mayor Johnson is baiting smoke and mirrors about what the Republican Party has to offer.”
in Wall Street Journal editorial Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson posted a headline that read, “America’s Cities Need Republicans, and I’m Going to Be a Republican,” explaining his reason for leaving the Democratic Party: “The future of America’s metropolitan centers is in the hands of the law.” “It depends on the willingness of the country’s mayors to uphold the law.” It is an orderly practice of fiscal conservatism. ”
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Texas Democratic Party Chairman and Vice Chair Gilberto Hinojosa and Shay Willick Cathy released a joint statement Friday accusing Johnson of being disloyal to voters.
“The announcement comes as no surprise given his longstanding affinity for Republican leaders and ideology, such as when he hung out with longtime podcast host Ted Cruz at this year’s Inauguration. , and is not unwelcome,” the statement said.
“But the voters of Dallas had a right to know where he stood before he ran for re-election as mayor. Mayor Johnson knew he would lose to the Democratic Party in a city worthy of his dedication.” Despite his leadership, Mayor Johnson is an incompetent, truant mayor who is out of touch with Democratic values. Not only that, but they also failed to be effective messengers of conservative local policy. This feeble excuse for Democratic representation would be a perfect fit for Republicans. And we are grateful for that. He can no longer tarnish the brand and values of the Texas Democratic Party. ”
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Johnson was elected mayor in 2019 and re-elected in 2023 with 93% of the vote in a virtually unopposed race. Johnson’s current term as prime minister ends in 2027.
Johnson’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Fox News Digital.