Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson is ditching the Democrat Party and switching his party affiliation to the GOP, he announced in an editorial he wrote for the Wall Street Journal.
He wrote for the outlet, “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.”
In his op-ed, he detailed the “inconsistent, poll-driven commitment of many Democrats” that partly led to his decision, decrying the “disarray” and chaos of today’s cities.
“Too often, local tax dollars are spent on policies that exacerbate homelessness, coddle criminals and make it harder for ordinary people to make a living. And too many local Democrats insist on virtue signaling—proposing half-baked government programs that aim to solve every single societal ill—and on finding new ways to thumb their noses at Republicans at the state or federal level.”
Turning Point USA President Charlie Kirk remarked on X, “Welcome to Team Sanity Mayor Johnson.”
Johnson noted in his op-ed that he had spent four years of his time as Dallas mayor fighting popular Democrat policies like defunding the police and instead choosing to embrace lower taxes and “family friendly infrastructure such as better parks and trails.”
According to Fox News, Johnson has strongly supported law enforcement in Dallas despite the politicized “defund the police” movement that started after George Floyd’s death in 2020.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) reacted to the news on X, writing, “Texas is getting more Red every day. Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson switches to Republican Party. He’s pro law enforcement & won’t tolerate leftist agendas. Two of the 10 largest cities in America now have Republican Mayors & they are both in Texas.”