Carlo R. Key, a county judge in Bexar County, Texas, launched his re-election campaign this week in a hard-hitting video where he announces that he's switching parties and becoming a Democrat.
Key doesn't mince words, either. "Rational Republican beliefs have given way to character assassination," he says as footage of Texas GOP Senator Ted Cruz and photos of anti-Obamacare Tea Party rallies rolls in the background. "Pragmatism and principle have been overtaken by pettiness and bigotry. Make no mistake, I have not left the Republican Party. It left me."
"I cannot tolerate a political party that demeans Texans based on their sexual orientation, the color of their skin, or their economic status. I will not be a member of a party in which hate speech elevates candidates for higher office rather than disqualifying them. I cannot place my name on the ballot for a political party that is proud to destroy the lives of hundreds of thousands of federal workers over the vain attempt to repeal a law that will provide health care to millions of people throughout our country."
"My principles have led me to the Democratic Party," Key says. "I can only hope that more people of principle will follow me."
Texas Democratic Party chair Gilberto Hinojosa told the Austin Chronicle that he and the party were proud to welcome Key into the fold.
Judge Key's video is after the jump. To learn more about his campaign, click here.