(Controversial Times) The Democratic Party lost a young, charismatic up and coming state senator today. Arizona Democratic State Senator Carlyle Begay, a Navajo Indian who represents the district encompassing both the Navajo and Hopi reservations, has announced he is leaving the Democratic Party and becoming a Republican.
Begay announced the transition with a 2 minute video posted to social media (above).
In the video, the senator says:
“My hope is to follow the direction of my ancestors and embrace progress by helping the Republican Party as they build a bridge connecting those who need and want a chance with those who can provide that chance.”
“With an open mind and heart. I clearly see the Republican Party as a party of progress, the party of opportunity, and moving forward — my party.”
Begay speaking to the Arizona Republican said, “the Republican Party better reflects the values of self-determination and self-empowerment that he holds and wants to emphasize to his district.”
Begay said Republicans have been the only people who have worked with him on improving education, unemployment, and infrastructure issues in his district.
Begay’s change give Republicans an 18-12 advantage in the Arizona State Senate. This move will help solidify the GOP’s control of state government across the country. Republicans currently control nearly 2/3 of all state governorships and state legislatures.