On Tuesday, Oct. 1, at 2 p.m. at McCracken County Clerk's Office (at the McCracken Courthouse), I plan to change my voter registration from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party.
This is not an easy decision!
As a Kentucky Democrat, I was elected First District state senator at age 30, defeating an eight-year incumbent in a five-county campaign in 1967.
As a Kentucky Democrat, I was elected at age 37 in 1974 in the First Congressional District as U.S. Congressman, defeating an 18-incumbent in a 24-county district.
During my earliest years in the U.S. House of Representatives, I served with Kentucky Democrats -- U.S. Senators Wendell Ford and Walter "Dee" Huddleston and U.S. Congressmen William Natcher, Carl Perkin, Ron Mazzoli and John Breckinridge.
Now Kentucky has only one Democrat in the U.S. Congress -- liberal John Yarmuth of Louisville.
Among my most enthusiastic supporters in all my campaigns for state senator and U.S. congressman were West Kentucky labor unions and African Americans. Yes, labor unions and African Americans were very big factors for my first campaign for U.S. Congress against a popular congressman from Murray, as I carried McCracken County 30,034 to 29,405 and Graves County 4,904 to 2,642.
I sincerely believe that most Democrats in Kentucky who were strong supporters of the Democratic Party 1950-2015 would be unhappy and shocked with the radical 2019 Democrats' national leaders such as we see so often on CNN and MSNBC.
How about the beloved, highly respected Alben Barkley of Paducah (actually born at Wheel near Lowes in Graves County)? Did the Harry S. Truman - Alben Barkley presidential ticket endorsement open borders, free health care for all illegal immigrants, a Green New Deal eliminating cows and airplanes, and sanctuary cities and states protesting illegal immigrants from deportation after committing crimes? No.
Think Presidents John F. Kennedy, Jimmy Carter and, yes, Bill Clinton. As presidential candidates and elected to head our United States, these three Democrats never once supported the ultra-liberal goals of the 2019 Democratic Party.
Western Kentucky Democrats, many of whom are my longtime friends and some to whom I have campaigned for and contributed to, need to consider the comments of 10 former Democrats who almost every day enjoy breakfast at a Paducah Hardee's.
Explaining their 2019 switch from Democrats to Republicans: "We actually never thought we would register to vote as Republicans, but the Democratic Party of our parents and grandparents has actually left us!"
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