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Sen. Ezell Lee Qualifies As A Republican

February 17, 2011

Update: We have been notified by the Republican Party that Ezell Lee has qualified for re-election as a Republican in Senate District 47. As of a couple days ago, no one else had qualified to run for this seat.

Original story: In a major hattip to one of our readers, Sen. Michael Watson wrote on his Facebook wall that Sen. Ezell Lee has qualified for re-election as a Republican. Lee has been serving in the legislature as a Democrat going back to 1987.

I spoke with another state Senator earlier today who said that Lee has recently started voting with the Republicans more frequently and that this was the talk; and Lee himself had even said he was looking to do this. And the Republicans were certainly happy to welcome him.

As for Lee, when I asked one source for confirmation he said you never know what Lee is going to do. Over the past year, there have been talks of Lee running for lieutenant governor as a Democrat, running for re-election as a Democrat, and about a month ago he was talking about retiring. But it does look like he has opted for re-election as a Republican.

The main thing I’m waiting on is confirmation of verified paperwork from the GOP, and I imagine they would also send out a press release some time as well.

Lee is also known for having one of the most gerrymandered districts in the Senate. I would imagine his district will see major changes, and that is probably part of his reasoning behind running as a Republican.

A Lee switch would give the Republicans 27 members in 52-man chamber.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. catty permalink
    February 17, 2011 11:46 am

    You can bet this is one district that needs to be RE-ALIGNED. Whoever is responsible for drawing these boundaries should feel ashamed; folks from one end have nothing in common with folks at the other end. But one thing for sure, there are fewer people running as Democrats. No doubt, Obama has been good for Republicans. The last time Lee ran he had such an idot as a Democratic opponent he said folks were advising him to pay for gasoline for his opponent’s car because the more he spoke, the fewer votes he got. Even in the supervisor’s race this time around voters are going to favor the one who will represent their wishes, not the vaulted wisdom of a paid consultant. Wayne Brown could smell defeat if he tried to run. It is part of the move to get back to grass roots.

  2. Rankinlawyer permalink
    February 17, 2011 4:39 pm

    Hob Bryan is the one responsible for these district lines.

  3. Charles permalink
    February 25, 2011 1:28 pm

    “I would imagine his district will see major changes, and that is probably part of his reasoning behind running as a Republican.” Now that last statement is the truth if I ever heard it. It is not about political philosophy of the parties, it is about how do I stand the best chance of being re-elected.

  4. third ave permalink
    June 15, 2011 12:44 am

    I’ll be voting against ezell…..need prescription for alive….what a chump

  5. Marshall permalink
    July 30, 2011 1:06 am

    third ave..i hope you are kidding.your best bet is to elect ezell. tony smith is a chump like no other. he has filed bankruptcy and is known as a pervert and a liar. do a simple background check on tony smith. ask around about his background. he is pulling the small business man card but he can’t even do business right. he owes food vendors thousands of dollars. he is nasty and i hope you make the right decision come election day.

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