Republican judge switches parties, slams GOP's "pettiness and bigotry"

"Make no mistake: I have not left the Republican Party. It left me," says Texas Judge Carlo Key

By Katie McDonough

Published October 22, 2013 1:36PM (EDT)


Bexar, Texas, County Judge Carlo Key announced Monday that he is leaving the Republican Party and will seek reelection as a Democrat, explaining that the GOP is no longer representative of his principles.

"Make no mistake: I have not left the Republican Party. It left me," Key says in the video announcement, a blistering indictment of anti-LGBTQ sentiment within the GOP and the party's "pettiness and bigotry":

I can no longer be a member of the Republican Party. For too long, the Republican Party has been at war with itself. Rational Republican beliefs have given way to ideological character assassinations. Pragmatism and principal have been overtaken by pettiness and bigotry. Make no mistake: I have not left the Republican Party. It left me. I cannot tolerate a political party that demeans Texans based on their sexual orientation, the color of their skin or their economic status. I will not be a member of a Party in which hate speech elevates candidates for higher office rather than disqualifying them. I cannot place my name on the ballot for a political party that is proud to destroy the lives of hundreds of thousands of federal workers over the vain attempt to repeal a law that would provide health care to millions of people throughout our country.

Watch it here:

h/t ThinkProgress

Katie McDonough

Katie McDonough is Salon's politics writer, focusing on gender, sexuality and reproductive justice. Follow her on Twitter @kmcdonovgh or email her at

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