Dallas, Texas – In a surprising turn of events, Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson proclaimed on Friday his decision to align himself with the Republican Party, catapulting Dallas to the forefront as the most populous city in the nation with a GOP mayor at its helm.
Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson moving to the Republican party is major win for the party in Texas
Texas, a state where mayoral roles are traditionally nonpartisan, finds this political transition particularly significant. Over the past decade, the Republican Party has gradually seen its influence wane across major Texan urban centers, so Johnson’s shift is undeniably a momentous lift for GOP proponents in the region.
Mayor Johnson, who assumed office in 2019, has an extensive political background as a Democrat, having devoted over ten years serving the Texas House of Representatives. His departure from the Democratic fold was not entirely unforeseen, however. Penning an editorial for the Wall Street Journal, Johnson conveyed a sentiment of estrangement from his former colleagues, candidly admitting he often felt out of favor with many Capitol Hill Democrats.
Furthermore, he passionately implored mayors nationwide to ardently advocate for both “law and order” and prudent fiscal responsibility.
“This is hardly a red wave. But it is clear that the nation and its cities have reached a time for choosing,” Johnson wrote. “And the overwhelming majority of Americans who call our cities home deserve to have real choices—not ‘progressive’ echo chambers—at city hall.”
In a swift response to Mayor Eric Johnson’s unexpected political pivot, Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott extended a hearty welcome to the newest member of the GOP. This shift in allegiance further strengthens the Republican foothold in the state, as Fort Worth’s Mayor Mattie Parker, too, is a card-carrying Republican. Thus, two of the country’s most populous cities are now under the stewardship of GOP leaders.
“Texas is getting more Red every day,” Abbott posted on X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter.
Mayor Johnson, currently navigating his second and conclusive term that extends till 2027, isn’t unfamiliar with making waves in the political sphere. During his tenure as a state legislator, Johnson garnered attention for his rigorous campaign to extract a plaque from the Texas Capitol. This plaque controversially negated slavery’s role as a central catalyst of the Civil War. Notably, this endeavor sometimes sparked friction between Johnson and Abbott, primarily centering around debates on the plaque’s removal.
The Texas Democratic Party, however, exhibited minimal astonishment at Johnson’s switch.
“But the voters of Dallas deserved to know where he stood before he ran for reelection as Mayor,” the party said in a statement. “He wasn’t honest with his constituents, and knew he would lose to a Democrat if he flipped before the election.”
Throughout his tenure as mayor, Johnson has shown an affinity for adopting certain policies, policies that have been frequently criticized by Democrats across Texas. A case in point includes his endorsement of deploying state troopers for urban policing tasks.
Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson’s decision comes shortly after he fails to push for significant tax cut in Dallas after city council supported City Manager T.C. Broadnax’s proposed budget.