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Monday, February 14, 2011

Another Democrat switches parties

Another county official said Monday that he is leaving the Democratic Party to become a Republican. Limestone County Circuit Judge Robert Baker declared he was switching parties.

He becomes the 11th elected official in recent weeks to leave the Democratic Party and cross the aisle.

Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard, who is in his last week as chairman of the Alabama Republican Party, said he was excited to welcome the judge into the party.

"Judge Baker is an honorable leader in his county, and I know his decision was made with great thought and consideration," said Hubbard, R-Auburn.

Hubbard also thanked Limestone County Chairman Jim Burden "and the entire county executive committee for their assistance in organizing this change. They continue to show unwavering support for the party and we could not be more grateful for the tremendous strides they are making in that part of the state."

-- posted by Sebastian Kitchen

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