A Georgia Democrat state representative announced that she is switching parties after her leftist colleagues “crucified” her when she chose to support school choice, adding that the Democrat Party has “gotten away with using and abusing the black community.”
State Rep. Mesha Mainor, who represents District 56 in the Peach State, announced on Tuesday that she is officially switching her party registration from Democrat to Republican following a tumultuous relationship with her colleagues.
“…today I made the decision to leave the Democrat Party. I represent a blue district in the city of Atlanta so this wasn’t a political decision for me. It was a MORAL one,” she said in a social media post.
My name is Rep. Meisha Mainor and today I made the decision to leave the Democrat Party.
I represent a blue district in the city of Atlanta so this wasn’t a political decision for me. It was a a MORAL one.
I will NEVER apologize for being a black woman with a mind of my own. pic.twitter.com/q3snDGejCN
— Rep. Mesha Mainor (@MeshaMainor) July 11, 2023
Thank you, Senator! https://t.co/uPcRmqD1zt
— Rep. Mesha Mainor (@MeshaMainor) July 11, 2023
“When I decided to stand up on behalf of disadvantaged children in support of school choice, my Democrat colleagues didn’t stand by me,” Mainor told Fox News Digital, asserting that her Democrat colleagues “crucified” her for supporting school choice and standing against efforts to defund police. She said she has always stood as the type of politician who will “work across the aisle to deliver results for my community and the people I was elected to represent.” But her leftist colleagues did not support her.
“They abandoned me,” she said, explaining again that her decision to leave the Democrat Party is not a political decision but a moral one.
“For far too long, the Democrat Party has gotten away with using and abusing the black community,” Mainor said.
“For decades, the Democrat Party has received the support of more than 90 percent of the black community. And what do we have to show for it? I represent a solidly blue district in the city of Atlanta. This isn’t a political decision for me. It’s a moral one,” she continued.
This decision has been a long time coming, as Mainor posted a video in May, revealing she found herself “in the crosshairs of my Democratic caucus in the Georgia House of Representatives.” In the caption, Mainor explained that the “Democrat Party Establishment is looking to take me out.”
“I represent a solidly blue, highly diverse district. And I had never hesitated and will never hesitate to vote for the best interest of the communities I represent over party politics,” she said.
That includes “school choice, parent rights and opportunities for children to thrive, especially those that are marginalized and attend to fail in school,” she said in the video, revealing that “Democrats at the Capitol took a hard position and demanded every Democrat vote against children and for the teachers union.”
“I voted yes for parents and yes for children, not failing schools,” she said, declaring that she will not apologize to her colleagues for refusing to bow to their demands.
“Well, my community loves the fact that someone is finally sticking up for them and holding the system accountable,” she said, explaining that Democrats were upset with her for not doing what they demanded “like a good little girl.”
“Every election year, I hear black lives matter. But do they? I see every other minority being prioritized except black children living in poverty that can’t read,” she added, blasting Democrats for prioritizing new immigrants over the black community.
“But do they? I see every other minority being prioritized except black children living in poverty that can’t read. We’ll send a million dollars to the border for immigrant services. But black communities? Not even a shout-out. I’m sorry, I don’t agree with this. I’m not backing down. I’m actually just getting started,” she added.
I’m a sitting Democrat in the Georgia House of Representatives and the Democrat Party Establishment is looking to take me out.
I’m tired of hearing certain folks in my party chant Black Lives Matter during Election Years but are NOWHERE to be found any other year. pic.twitter.com/wuMdVBeCki
— Rep. Mesha Mainor (@MeshaMainor) May 20, 2023
Mainor told Fox News Digital that it is “humbling to be embraced – for the first time in a long time – by individuals who don’t find fault in a black woman having a mind of her own and be willing to buck the party line.” She added that she would not be surprised if she received backlash from Democrats, adding, “The most dangerous thing to the Democrat Party is a black person with a mind of their own.”
“So, it wouldn’t surprise me,” she said.
Further, Mainor said she will continue to focus on her key issues — education and school choice — while also working to “help grow the Republican Party, helping us not focus — not just on preaching to the choir, but growing the congregation.”
Georgia State Representative Mesha Mainor announces that she is switching from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party.
She represents a heavily Democratic district in Atlanta.
— Rahul Bali (@rahulbali) July 11, 2023