Mayor Of One America’s Biggest Cities Defects To GOP

Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson shocked the nation when he announced Friday that he is ditching the Democrat party to join their Republican counterpart. 

The mayor made the announcement in a Wall Street Journal op-ed titled “America’s Cities Need Republicans, and I’m Becoming One.” The mayor cited the need for metropolitan leaders to embrace law and order and practice fiscal conservatism as the reason behind his shocking decision. 

“The future of America’s great urban centers depends on the willingness of the nation’s mayors to champion law and order and practice fiscal conservatism,” Johnson wrote. “Our cities desperately need the genuine commitment to these principles (as opposed to the inconsistent, poll-driven commitment of many Democrats) that has long been a defining characteristic of the GOP. In other words, American cities need Republicans — and Republicans need American cities. When my political hero Theodore Roosevelt was born, only 20% of Americans lived in urban areas. By the time he was elected president, that share had doubled to 40%. Today, it stands at 80%. As America’s cities go, so goes America.”

The crime rate in Dallas has continued to decline under Johnson over the last two years. The new GOP mayor has made security in Dallas a priority and has sided with Republicans over the issue of defunding the police. 

“We actually do have to support our police department, make sure they have what they need,” Johnson said last year at the opening breakfast of the Texas Tribune Festival in Austin.

“When you have a mayor who supports the police not only in his words but his actions, you see what happens to crime in your city,” Austin Police Retired Officers Association’s Dennis Farris told Fox News Digital on Friday. Mayor Johnson has led from the front and it showed when he was re-elected without one single challenger — that’s unheard of in a major U.S. city.”

Earlier this year, reports emerged that Austin police officers were retiring massively due to low morale from defunding the department. Johnson immediately sent out a tweet urging the police officers to join the Dallas Police Department.