Ex-Dems Create GOP Senate Majority — Cindy Hyde-Smith was easily elected yesterday (Nov. 27) in a run-off election to fill the remaining two years on Thad Cochran‘s Mississippi senate seat. The win gives the GOP a solid 53-47 majority in the upper chamber.
Cochran stepped down April 1 citing health concerns. Ms. Hyde-Smith was appointed by Gov. Phil Bryant to fill the seat until an election could be held.
Mrs. Hyde-Smith had been a Democrat until 2010. She will be one of six former Democrats in the Republican caucus come January. The others are Richard Shelby of Alabama who switched in 1994; Mike Braun of Indiana, who appears to have been a D just for primary election participation in a Democrat county; Bill Cassidy of Louisiana who supported staunch liberals including Michael Dukakis for president before switching in 2006; John Kennedy of Louisiana who was a D when he served as the state’s treasurer before switching in 2007; and John Hoeven of North Dakota.
It’s also worth pointing out that another ex-Dem holds the Oval Office.
Who says bi-partisanship is dead?
Maybe it’s just that true bi-partisans can no longer stomach what the Democrat Party has become.
Ex-Dems Create GOP Senate Majority