Alan Powell scrapped the “D” in favor of an “R” Nov. 8.
The long-time state representative was invited by House Speaker David Ralston Sunday to join the Republican Party. And Powell, who represents the northern half of Madison County, accepted the invitation and made it official Nov. 8.
“For years, I’ve been an independent,” said Powell Monday. “I’m a fiscal conservative. And my voting record is more conservative than many Republicans. I’ve always called things the way I see them, regardless of party. That’s what I will continue to do. My opinions aren’t going to change.”
Powell ran unchallenged in House District 29 this year as a Democrat. But he said the state is overwhelmingly Republican now, just as it was for Democrats when he was first elected.
“I looked at the numbers last week and the results and there’s been an overwhelming demographic change,” he said.
Powell said that if Roy Barnes couldn’t get his old governor’s post back, then the state Democratic Party was dead. He said he faced roadblocks as a Democrat in a Republican-controlled House. Powell said he feels he’ll be able to get more done for his constituents by belonging to the majority party.
The representative said people he’s spoken with have been supportive of the change.
“Since last week, I’ve spoken with many Democrats who understand the need to switch,” said Powell. “Everyone I’ve talked to so far has been very courteous.”
Powell has been very outspoken against many Republican measures in recent years. He is no fan of Sonny Perdue. Powell said he won’t be muffled as a critic, despite joining the majority party.
“I don’t think that’s much of an issue with me,” said Powell. “Folks seemed happy with me coming over to their side, but I’ve always been an independent voter.”
Powell said he considered serving as an “independent” but he said the laws of Georgia aren’t set up favorably for those interested in running outside of the two parties.
This guy should be voted out of office as soon as possible. He is exactly what is wrong in politics today, i.e. professional poiticians with absolutely no commitment to anything except their paychecks.
Last time I checked there was a big difference between Democrat and Republican positions on most things of importance, especially with social issues. Guess he had a change of heart.
I feel nauseated.