North Carolina state Rep. Tricia Cotham announced on April 5th that she is switching her party affiliation from Democrat to Republican, giving the GOP veto-proof control of both chambers in the state legislature.
The move comes as a surprise to many, as Cotham has long been a vocal advocate for progressive causes in the state. However, she cited her frustration with the Democratic Party saying her party "has become unrecognizable to me and others across the state."
The change will have a significant impact on the political landscape in North Carolina. With Republicans now holding supermajorities in both chambers, they will be able to override any vetoes by Governor Roy Cooper. This could lead to major changes in policies related to healthcare, taxes, and other issues that are important to North Carolinians.
Cotham's decision has been met with both praise and criticism from both sides of the aisle. While some applaud her courage for standing up for what she believes in, others argue that it sets a dangerous precedent for politicians switching parties solely for political gain.