Posey Makes Party Switch Official
At a press conference today with Republican leaders, Public Service Commissioner for the Central District Lynn Posey announced he was switching to the GOP. Posey, a former state Senator, won his first term on the PSC in 2007.
With the switch, Republicans now have a 2-1 advantage on the commission. Leonard Bentz, from the Southern District, is a Republican. Brandon Presley, from the Northern District, is a Democrat.
Along with Presley, the last elected Democratic state officials are Attorney General Jim Hood and Southern District Transportation Commissioner Wayne Brown. Brown, however, is not running for re-election.
Here is a statement from Posey: “It is an honor and a privilege to represent the people of the Central District, and I take my responsibility very seriously. However, the Democratic Party’s continued swing to the left has left me so out of sync with the party that I feel I must switch to the Republican Party whose philosophy is more in line with my own and the majority of the people of the Central District. I will continue to provide the type of service all of the people of the Central District deserve and ask for their continued prayers and support.”
Here is a statement from Haley Barbour: “Commissioner Posey has been a strong voice for sound energy policy and job creation on the Public Service Commission and prior to that in the legislature. As the Democratic Party continues to move left, more and more of our conservative colleagues are finding their place in the political system is in the Republican Party. We welcome him and look forward to working with him to move Mississippi forward.”
Here is a statement from GOP Chairman Brad White: “Commissioner Posey is the fourteenth elected Democrat in the past two years to discover he was homeless in his own party and to join the Mississippi Republican Party. His announcement further shows the liberal policies of the national Democratic Party and even the Mississippi Democratic Party no longer fits with the average Mississippian. We’re glad he’s made a new home in the Republican Party.”