Prior to his last run for sheriff, Jackie Knight says he considered switching parties because he did not like what was happening with democrats in Washington, but he was talked out of it by a resident.
"She said the President, Joe Biden, and Nancy Pelosi don't live in Newton County, they live in Washington, and I thought you know she was right, so I stayed with the democratic party."
Knight says Washington politics have now forced his hand, and he says it was President Obama's endorsement of gay marriage that pushed him away from the party.
"Their values [in Washington] and my values are totally different."
Knight says his decision is based upon Washington politics, but that decision and the party changes of other state politicians will mostly affect state politics.
The sheriff says he is basing his decision on his own beliefs, and other leaders in the state will have to do the same.