Republican Judge In Texas Switches To Democratic Party

By Joey Palacios
October 23, 2013
Joey Palacios
Judge Carlo Key of Bexar County's 11th Court stands beside Democratic Members of the Texas House and Senate, and U.S. Congress.

Democrats in Texas are hoping to turn the state blue, or at least begin leaning that way in 2014. Leaping across political lines is a judge who won his seat during the Republican-dominated 2010 midterm elections. 

Judge Carlo Key of a Bexar County Court was welcomed by Texas Democrats with open arms on Monday. Key says he came to his decision based on his beliefs that justice should be served to people without prejudice towards race, color, creed or whom they choose to love.

“I cannot tolerate a political party in which hate speech elevates a candidate to higher office rather than disqualifying them," Key said. "I cannot be a member of party that is proud to destroy the financial lives of hundreds of thousands of federal employees in a vain attempt to repeal a law that provides health care to millions of Americans across the country."

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus calls Key’s decision to switch parties a mistake and says that many Democrats in Texas have switched to the Republican party in the time Strauss has been in office.