• Navajo Indian Senator Carlyle Begay Switches From Democrat To Republican Party

    Arizona Democrat State Senator Carlyle Begay announced Monday that he is leaving the Democrat Party and becoming a Republican.

    “The Republican Party better reflects the values of self-determination and self-empowerment that he holds and wants to emphasize to his district,” Begay told the Arizona Republican.

    Begay, who was elected as a Democrat to represent Arizona’s Legislative District 7 in 2013 and reelected in 2014, is a Navajo Indian and represents an area of Arizona which encompasses the Navajo and Hopi reservations.

    Chairman Robert Graham of the Arizona Republican Party welcomed Begay at the Arizona State Capitol on Monday.

    “My relationship with Senator Begay has grown over the years and I am so proud to see him join with our party so he can better serve the people of his district,” Graham said. “Republicans have proven to have a much more successful approach on the issues important to not just his district but all of Arizona, like education and economic prosperity, and I’m looking forward to working with him to improve opportunities for his community.”

    Begay released a two-minute video, entitled “Change Must Happen How”, in which he announced his decision to leave the Democrat party.

    He explains in the video that only the Republican Party has been willing to work with him to address key issues  effecting his district, like the failing education system, high dropout rate, crumbling infrastructure and unemployment rates.

    Alicia Powe

    Staff Writer

    Alicia Powe is a staff writer for Daily Surge. She worked in the War Room of the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee and served as a White House Intern during the George W. Bush administration. Alicia has written for numerous outlets, including Human Events, Media Research Center and Townhall.com.

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