Why the hubbub over Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson announcing he now belongs to the Republican Party?
I heard about this morning and thought immediately: big, fu**ing deal!
Johnson serves as mayor of the state’s third-largest city. But you know what? He serves as a “non-partisan” elected official. That’s how it generally goes in Texas. Municipal officeholders don’t run under a partisan banner. We don’t elect these folks because they are Democrat, Republican, independent, Libertarian … whatever. We elect them because they might pledge to do something that we could support: street repair, more cops on the beat, more efficient trash pickup … those kinds of things.
It took Gov. Greg Abbott no time at all to “congratulate” because of his party switch. Again … BFD.
Why did Mayor Johnson make such a big deal of his partisan switcheroo? He might be considering a run for higher office, which requires candidates to run under a partisan banner. If that’s the case, well, it’s his choosing. He did serve as a Democrat in the Legislature before running for Dallas mayor.
Oh well. I will not spend another minute even thinking about it.