On Wednesday, former Democrat West Virginia House delegate Mick Bates of Raleigh County switched to the Republican Party over the Democrats’ radical pro-abortion stance.
According to Life News:
Bates, who was elected as a Democrat to the state House in 2014 and re-elected in 2020, has a pro-life voting record, according to the report. Though he did not mention abortion specifically in his statement, he said the Democratic Party no longer represents the “priorities, values or beliefs” of many voters.
“At a national level, the controlling interests and leadership of the Democratic Party continue to pursue positions that alienate and anger voters in rural parts of the country and don’t reflect the priorities, values or beliefs of the people in West Virginia,” Bates said in a statement. “This is not changing and appears to be getting worse, not better.”
He said his switch to the Republican Party reflects a growing trend in his district. In the past three years, he said 30 percent of voter registrations in Raleigh County have swung from Democrat to Republican.
Quoting President Reagan, Bates said, “I didn’t leave the party, the party left me.”
“After much prayer and deliberation during and following the 2021 legislative session, I have made the decision to ensure I best represent the interests of the people of the 30th District, Beckley and Raleigh County and that I do so as a member of the Majority Party,” Bates said.
More and more pro-life Democrats have moved to the GOP over the life issue, with Democrats increasingly pushing extreme pro-abortion proposals.