Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson, a former Democrat, has made the bold decision to switch to the Republican party. The announcement, made in a column for The Wall Street Journal, was titled “America’s Cities Need Republicans, and I’m Becoming One.” Johnson’s decision comes after years of witnessing the disastrous policies of his former party and their impact on American cities.
Johnson’s list of priorities and policy positions align more with the Republican party than the Democrats. He believes in supporting law and order, rejecting the notion of defunding the police, and investing in family-friendly infrastructure such as parks and trails. Furthermore, Johnson is a firm believer in lower taxes and a friendlier business climate.
🚨 BREAKING: Dallas, Texas Mayor Eric Johnson announces he is LEAVING the Democratic Party to become a Republican.
“America’s cities need Republicans and I’m becoming one.”
We welcome him with open arms! 👏 pic.twitter.com/X9F5UASn47
— Proud Elephant 🇺🇸🦅 (@ProudElephantUS) September 22, 2023
Despite being a Democrat during his tenure as mayor, Johnson was re-elected with an overwhelming 98.7% of the vote. He has stated that he will continue to approach his job in the same manner even though he has switched his party. He plans to vote in the Republican primary next spring and will leave office as a Republican when his term ends in 2027.
In a scathing critique of the Democrat party and its leaders in America’s cities, Johnson stated that they have failed to make public safety a priority or to exercise fiscal restraint. Most of these local leaders are proud Democrats who view cities as laboratories for liberalism rather than as havens for opportunity and free enterprise.
Johnson’s decision to switch parties highlights the importance of Republican values and policies in addressing the current state of American cities. As the percentage of Americans living in urban areas has increased dramatically over the past century, the future of America’s great urban centers depends on the willingness of mayors to champion law and order and practice fiscal conservatism.
It is clear that the nation and its cities have reached a time for choosing. The overwhelming majority of Americans who call our cities home deserve to have real choices, not ‘progressive’ echo chambers at city hall. Johnson’s work in Dallas has delivered results for his city and its residents, proving that conservative policies work. Unfortunately, evidence is not the kind of thing that proves persuasive to those in Johnson’s former party.
The Republican party welcomes Mayor Johnson with open arms. They believe that his decision to switch parties is a step in the right direction and proof that the Republican party is the party of choice for conservative mayors. It is time for all Americans to recognize the importance of Republican policies and their role in ensuring the success and prosperity of American cities.