Georgia State Rep. Switches Parties After Dems ‘Crucify’ Her for Supporting School Choice
A Democratic State Representative in Georgia switched their party affiliation from Democrat to Republican after saying that her colleagues’ crucified’ her for supporting a school choice bill in the state legislature.
Representative Mesha Mainor announced her decision to switch to the Republican Party and went on to blast Democrats and their treatment of the black community in her statement.
“When I decided to stand up on behalf of disadvantaged children in support of school choice, my Democrat colleagues didn’t stand by me,” Mainor explained her decision in a statement to Fox News Digital. “They crucified me. When I decided to stand up in support of safe communities and refused to support efforts to defund the police, they didn’t back me. They abandoned me.” She said.
BREAKING – YOUR REACTION: Exhausted Georgia Democrat Rep. @MeshaMainor makes a stunning defection to the GOP, citing feeling 'crucified' and 'abandoned' by the Democrats. Mainor represents District 56 in Georgia.
She wrote, "My name is Rep. Meisha Mainor and today I made the… pic.twitter.com/i4oEcgOEHp
— Simon Ateba (@simonateba) July 11, 2023
Mainor said that the Democratic Party has ‘used and abused’ the black community, arguing that the overwhelming support black Americans give the party hasn’t translated into tangible results.
“For far too long, the Democrat Party has gotten away with using and abusing the black community,” she added. “For decades, the Democrat Party has received the support of more than 90% of the black community. And what do we have to show for it? I represent a solidly blue district in the city of Atlanta. This isn’t a political decision for me. It’s a moral one.”
"For far too long, the Democrat Party has gotten away with using and abusing the black community. For decades, the Democrat Party has received the support of more than 90% of the black community. And what do we have to show for it?"
Much respect Rep. Mainor! https://t.co/PlGfXsMexv
— Barrington Martin II (@_BarringtonII) July 11, 2023
Mainor said that despite her decision to switch over to the Republican Party, she would continue to work across party lines as she did by supporting school choice legislation, saying that she “never hesitated to work across the aisle to deliver results for my community and the people I was elected to represent. And that won’t change.”
Mainor reiterated that school choice is a top priority of hers but said that she will now also focus on ‘growing the Republican Party’ by bringing new voters into the fold.
“Education and the importance of school choice has been – and will continue to be – a key focus of mine,” she said. “But outside of education, I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Georgia General Assembly to tackle the most pressing issues facing our state and to help grow the Republican Party, helping us focus not just on preaching to the choir but growing the congregation.”
Other Republicans, such as Lavern Spicer, a congressional candidate for Florida’s 22nd District, welcomed Mainor with open arms after she announced her decision.
I would like to welcome a STRONG BLACK WOMAN into the Republican Party.
Mesha Mainor of Georgia has LEFT the Democrat Party because they were demonizing her over her support for school choice.
She is the newest addition to the Georgia Republican Party.
WELCOME HOME, SISTER! pic.twitter.com/DrJdYJaJ3A
— Lavern Spicer 🇺🇸 (@lavern_spicer) July 11, 2023
In the runup to Mainor’s split with the Democratic Party, she publicly criticized her Democratic colleagues in a floor speech on school choice earlier this year.
GA State Representative Mesha Mainor – then a Democrat – called out her Dem colleagues in March while supporting school choice: “You don’t have to treat me so badly because I am trying to help the children in my community."
— GOP (@GOP) July 11, 2023
“I support school choice, parent rights, and opportunities for children to thrive, especially those that are marginalized and tend to fail in school,” Mainor said in a statement at the time. “The Democrats at the [Georgia State] Capitol took a hard position and demanded every Democrat vote against children and for the teachers union. I voted yes for parents and yes for children, not failing schools.”
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