When a Rational Republican Come to His Senses

Jason Thigpen, NC candidate, defects from GOP to the Democratic party.

In a shocking turn-about, Jason Thigpen — an NC House candidate and decorated war hero — dumped the GOP and switched to the Democratic party.


Jason Thigpen ran for Congress on the GOP ticket in North Carolina. He has now  renounced the GOP in a message on his website on Monday.

“I simply cannot stand with a Party where its most extreme element promote hate and division amongst people,” Thigpen explained. “Nothing about my platform has, nor will it change. The government shutdown was simply the straw that broke the camels back. I guess being an American just isn’t good enough anymore… I refuse to be part of an extremist movement in the GOP that only appears to thrive on fear and hate mongering of anyone and everyone who doesn’t walk their line.”

“I didn’t go to war to defend the liberties and freedoms of one Party, race, sex, or one income class of Americans. Whether white, black, Hispanic, Asian, man, woman, gay, lesbian, straight, rich, or poor – we fought together as equals, side-by-side for the benefit of every American in the same. So, to come home from serving our country and see North Carolina legislators using their super-majority status to gerrymander districts and pass a law to deliberately suppress and oppress the voting rights of Democrats but more specifically minorities and college students, is absolutely deplorable.”

“This same group of spineless legislators piggybacked a motorcycle safety bill with legislation intentionally geared to shut down women’s health clinics because of their ‘right righteous’ beliefs on abortion, while then cutting funding to the programs which help feed and provide healthcare to the babies they invariably forced the same women to have. Sounds like the Christian thing to do, huh?”

Thigpen ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent North Carolina’s 3rd District. He ended his campaign on February 28, 2014. 

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