Former Georgia state lawmaker leaves Democratic Party, says GOP ‘is in desperate need of leaders’

A top Democrat just left his party.

Fox News reports that Vernon Jones, a former Georgia state representative, has announced that he is leaving the Democratic Party and joining the GOP, citing a need among Republicans for “leaders that know how to fight.”

“I know how to fight”

His remarks came just hours before pro-Trump rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday as members of Congress were counting the Electoral College votes.

“Now more than ever, the Republican Party is in desperate need of leaders that know how to fight,” Jones wrote Wednesday morning on Twitter, according to Fox. “I know how to fight.”

According to Fox, Jones didn’t respond to the network’s request for further comment.

He had represented Georgia’s 91st District as a Democrat, but resigned from that position in 2020, later going on to campaign on behalf of President Donald Trump, Fox noted. Jones spoke at the Republican National Convention in August.

Losses for the GOP

Jones’ comments came after weeks of President Trump similarly excoriating congressional Republicans for not doing more to put up a fight — in his case, against alleged voter fraud.

Some 100 Republicans objected to the certification of the Electoral College votes from a number of states during hearings on Wednesday and into early Thursday, but their efforts were largely moot; Joe Biden was formally declared the president-elect by Vice President Mike Pence just after 3:30 a.m. ET Thursday, according to Breitbart.

That news came as media outlets began to declare wins for Democrats in a pair of consequential Senate runoff races in Georgia. According to The Hill, incumbent Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R) conceded Thursday to Democrat Raphael Warnock, and GOP Sen. David Perdue was projected to lose his race against Democrat Jon Ossoff.

The developments will give the Democratic Party control of the House, Senate, and White House for at least the next two years, with soon-to-be Vice President Kamala Harris getting the tie-breaking vote in Congress’ upper chamber.

With prospects like that, it’s a good thing Jones and others are finally stepping up and speaking out. In times like these, the GOP needs all the optimism it can get.

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