Mississippi House Democrat Joins GOP

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Mississippi state Rep. Billy Nicholson of Little Rock has switched from being a Democrat to a Republican.

Mississippi Republican Party Chairman Brad White welcomed Nicholson to the GOP Wednesday.

“I am proud to welcome Rep. Nicholson to the Republican Party,” said White. “I have said many times that conservatives don’t have a home in the Democratic Party, but Billy, and those like him, certainly has a home with the GOP.”

“Truth be told, this was not a difficult decision,” Nicholson said. “I have no choice but to relinquish my ties with the Democrats and join the Republican Party. It has never been clearer that hope for Mississippi stays alive with the leadership and ideals of the Republicans.”

The 61-year-old Nicholson was elected to represent a district that covers parts of Neshoba, Newton and Scott counties.

Nicholson has been in the legislature since 2000. He's vice-chairman of the House Ethics Committee.


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  • by John Location: North Hollywood, Ca on Feb 27, 2009 at 10:27 AM
    Rep Nicholson....Welcome to the true party of Americanism that will not accept socialism...
  • by Anonymous on Feb 26, 2009 at 07:12 PM
    Good move. Now if we could get about 20 more to do the same thing we could see some progress.
  • by Dee Location: Glass on Feb 26, 2009 at 12:18 PM
    Rep Nicholson..we WELCOME you to the Grand Old Party. So much can happen when people realize where they are at in the Democrat Party. When Pat Robertson ran for President..our town registered over 500 people....mostly Democrats (because we have a closed primary) They did not return to Democrat Party after the primary and Pat carried OK...big time. We now have the majority in the House and Senate in OK. All us Okies commend you and hope that we can always make you happy that you reregistered.
  • by Anonymous- Print it!!! Location: Meridian on Feb 26, 2009 at 10:20 AM
    Not so surprising actually, but let me share what is outrageous. What is surprising and unprofessional is the WTOK-TV slant/bias in the news broadcast. It is obvious the management is biased and it is becoming increasingly clear that several reporters are allowed to include their spin as well. Just report the news straightforward, less the biases. The viewers can formulate their own opinions. Additionally, we want the news, no drama or theatrics. We can attend the Riley Center for that. More importantly than projecting their own or the station's biases, they should work on delivery and pronunciation of words. Believe it or not, this is not a single observation.
  • by Torie Location: Ohio on Feb 26, 2009 at 09:56 AM
    Maybe he looked at the current mess of an administration and knew he had to do his part to save the country from Comrade Odumbo.
  • by Anonymous Location: Meridian on Feb 26, 2009 at 06:38 AM
    Whatever party a candidate runs under should be the party they're stuck with until reelection. That's really shady!
  • by Richard Beckham Location: Philadelphia, MS on Feb 26, 2009 at 06:37 AM
    This just shows how some people are in politics only to benefit themselves. The people of his district didn't vote for a Republican for a reason and that got him elected several times and now he is changing his party to benefit him. That is a slap in the face of the people that elected him and come the next election I hope they show him, I sure won't vote for him. The republicans are better off with him anyway, all they are is flip floppers anyway. Instead of doing something to help the people of his district he is doing something to benefit himself. Shame on you Mr. Nicholson.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 25, 2009 at 04:10 PM
    Yeah, and his constituency might be upset, too. ;o)
  • by Jody Location: Union on Feb 25, 2009 at 04:10 PM
    Remember what a local Southern Democrat really is... a Republican!
  • by Thomas Location: Decatur on Feb 25, 2009 at 02:56 PM
    What a total embarrasment and outrage of a decision like this to be done in the middle of a term. I'm sure his continuancy will remember this next election.
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