A Republican congressional candidate in North Carolina has defected to the Democratic side. Describing the GOP as an “extremist movement” that can only “thrive on fear and hate-mongering,” Jason Thigpen said that the GOP had “little regard and faith in the 1 million people whom live in North Carolina’s 3rd Congressional district.”
A six-year veteran of the US Armed Forces (and according to his website, a recipient of the Purple Heart) Thigpen wrote on his website that he “didn’t go to war to defend the liberties and freedoms of one, party, race, sex, or income class of Americans.”
Referring to a strict new North Carolina voting law that one NC party executive said would hurt “a bunch of lazy Blacks that want the government to give them everything,” Thigpen said that idea of deliberately preventing students and minorities from being able to vote was “absolutely deplorable.”
Thigpen’s defection is emblematic of the schism that has threatened to tear the Republican Party apart since the Tea Party faction within it forced a government shutdown earlier this month. Party members across the US in various states are distancing themselves from their congressional colleagues, many of whom are blamed by the public for the ongoing partisan gridlock.
Said Thigpen of the voting new law,
“You can paint a turd and sell it as art, but it’s still a turd.”