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Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson announced Friday that he is switching parties and will serve as a Republican-affiliated mayor of the blue-leaning city.

While the Dallas mayoral office is nonpartisan, Johnson previously served as a Democrat in the Texas legislature. He slammed his former party in an op-ed for Wall Street Journal published Friday, blaming Democratic policies for “exacerbated crime and homelessness.”

“The future of America’s great urban centers depends on the willingness of the nation’s mayors to champion law and order and practice fiscal conservatism,” Johnson wrote. “Our cities desperately need the genuine commitment to these principles (as opposed to the inconsistent, poll-driven commitment of many Democrats) that has long been a defining characteristic of the GOP.”

He added: “In other words, American cities need Republicans—and Republicans need American cities.”

Johnson’s announcement makes him the only Republican among the mayors of the 10 most populous cities in the US.

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[-] MicroWave@lemmy.world 126 points 8 months ago

The Texas Democratic Party issued a scathing statement Friday, accusing Johnson of being dishonest with Dallas voters.

“[T]he voters of Dallas deserved to know where he stood before he ran for reelection as Mayor,” the chair and vice-chair of the party said. “He wasn’t honest with his constituents, and knew he would lose to a Democrat if he flipped before the election.”

[-] ChillPenguin@lemmy.world 31 points 8 months ago

Wow, that's complete shit.

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[-] Burn_The_Right@lemmy.world 119 points 8 months ago

Why are we not running as fake conservatives in every race? Conservative voters are profoundly unintelligent and are bound to occassionally vote for us.

We could make running as a republicant a trendy hobby. We could "take the challenge" to see who can can fuck the GOP the hardest.

[-] dezmd@lemmy.world 52 points 8 months ago

Conservatives are already running as fake conservatives.

[-] flossdaily@lemmy.world 49 points 8 months ago

Honestly it's probably not happening because spending that much time with that moronic cult would be torture.

[-] darthelmet@lemmy.world 29 points 8 months ago

It only works the other way around because the money supports the right wing. Nobody’s gonna fund a secret lefty on the republican ticket.

[-] tastysnacks@programming.dev 24 points 8 months ago

There’s a standard playbook. Just say the same things as Don or Ron. Talk about woke pineapple slices or something and you’re in. Just commit. Like Chris Rock said, Republicans don’t let “sense” fuck up their argument.

[-] Spaghetti_Hitchens@kbin.social 14 points 8 months ago

Please tell me more about these woke pineapple slices.

[-] Alchemy@lemmy.world 8 points 8 months ago

When you the eat the pineapple, it also eats you.

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[-] 0xb@lemmy.world 97 points 8 months ago
  1. How is this allowed?

  2. Since it's allowed, why aren't Dems taking advantage of the old switcheroo and packing every race with temporary conservatives only for switching back once elected? That would be the funniest thing.

I mean if democracy is a joke may as well get some good out of playing it.

[-] csm10495@sh.itjust.works 54 points 8 months ago

Dems don't play dirty... but should.

[-] Lemonparty@lemm.ee 10 points 8 months ago

I mean if the other team plays dirty and you do the same, that's just called playing even at that point.

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[-] bitsplease@lemmy.ml 15 points 8 months ago

I can guarentee you that if #2 happened, conservatives would be in absolute uproar

[-] joyjoy@lemm.ee 15 points 8 months ago

I think 2 is the only way to get Republican law makers to do anything about it.

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[-] Hotdogman@lemmy.world 90 points 8 months ago

I'm the mayor of this town and there's too much crime. So I'm switching parties. That'll fix things.

[-] ShaggySnacks@lemmy.myserv.one 15 points 8 months ago

In a state that has a Republican legislature and governor. So how do the Democrats get blamed for a town that has too much crime?

[-] nandeEbisu@lemmy.world 49 points 8 months ago

Know how you prevent that? Run actual progressives with progressive pedigrees.

[-] bobman@unilem.org 41 points 8 months ago

poll-driven commitment of many Democrats

You mean the will of the people? You would subvert the will of the people for your own agenda?

Hmm... sounds like a tyrant to me.

[-] Eezyville@sh.itjust.works 11 points 8 months ago

I guess he'll fit right in with the Republicans

[-] eoddc5@lemmy.world 4 points 8 months ago

I think what he is trying to say is that democrats make promises to appear good at the polls and get elected and then do nothing about the promises or whatever.

It’s stupid as fuck. Especially since, as a Democrat, he made a poll driven commitment to be a Democrat to get elected and then did nothing about that promise.

[-] Iwasondigg@lemmy.one 40 points 8 months ago

I accidentally voted for one of these people in the last election. In a local race, only two candidates so I voted for the one with a D next to his name. After I mailed in my ballot I got curious and went to his website, he was full on pro-Trump MAGA. Not even hiding the fact that he was running as a D to get dumbasses like me to vote for him. He got me good. Touché. Won't be voting blind again. Stay vigilant!

[-] archiotterpup@lemmy.world 4 points 8 months ago

That's kinda on you for not doing your research.

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[-] raynethackery@lemmy.world 35 points 8 months ago

Democrats that donated to his campaign should sue him for fraud.

[-] potpotato@artemis.camp 33 points 8 months ago

Unemployment declines under democratic leadership.

Fiscal conservatism isn’t going to house people.

[-] macrocephalic@lemmy.world 6 points 8 months ago

And the size of governments never reduces under republican governments either. They're just hypocrits.

[-] profdc9@lemmy.world 23 points 8 months ago

Maybe the Democratic party needs to vet their nominees better. Otherwise it's not going to be a political party anymore, just a name to exploit.

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[-] vamp07@lemm.ee 10 points 8 months ago

Stop complaining. This country has the best politicians money can buy!

[-] Lexam@lemmy.ca 8 points 8 months ago

I'm not saying its ok to assinate people. But I can understand why it would happen.

[-] norbert@kbin.social 7 points 8 months ago

I can think of a lot of people I'd like to assinate.

[-] mohammed_alibi@lemmy.world 3 points 8 months ago

Get those lubes ready.

[-] Carlo@lemmy.ca 6 points 8 months ago

Gg Dallas, you bunch of dipshits.

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[-] DLSantini@lemmy.ml 5 points 8 months ago

Meh. This really isn't what it looks like. I'd guess he's planning to run for a much higher office, specifically one where you do NOT get elected for such a position in Texas unless you have an R next to your name.

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