LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - By Morgan Thomas - email
LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) – Republicans claimed huge victories last month and now they can claim two more in Texas.
"They're like everybody else," Angelina Co. Republican Party Chair Bob Flournoy said. "They're just sick of Washington and the whole political scene."
Two state reps are switching from their Democrat affiliation and Flournoy isn't surprised.
"People are just fed up," he said.
Now that two more have switched over, Republicans have a super majority.
Lufkin high government teacher Chad Humphries explains how that could affect East Texas.
"If there is any policy that the Republican party doesn't like that would benefit East Texas then more likely it wouldn't pass," Humphries said.
It may be hard to believe, but some East Texas political strategists believe we could see even more elected officials switch parties come Jan. 1.
Flournoy says a lot of Democrats in Texas are the old kind of conservative Democrats.
"That was just all there was for a long time just Democrats," he said. "Many of them are conservative, but the Democratic party just kind of left them."
He says their philosophies are actually more in line with the Republican platform.
Humphries sees it a little differently.
"I think they're thinking their districts is going to be more Republican, or conservative, and that it's the only way to get re-elected," Humphries said.
He thinks its a strategy that focuses on the future.
"They might be looking forward to a tough year for democrats in 2012 when President Obama runs for re-election," Humphries said.
Humphries adds that party switching in Texas could be a way of distancing themselves from Washington.