Another One Bites the Dust

Republican judge to run for Texas Supreme Court as Dem

Another One Bites the Dust

'Tis the season to party flip. Yesterday, Republican Judge Lawrence "Larry" Meyers announced that he would be joining the Democratic Party for his Texas Supreme Court bid.

Following in the footsteps of San Antonio Judge Carlo Key, who announced his run for reelection under the blue flag on October 21, Judge Meyers will become the first statewide Democratic officeholder since 1998.

The longest serving member of the Court of Criminal Appeals, Meyers was first elected in 1992. In the 1998 election, Meyers defeated current Atty. Gen. and current Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott.

His target for 2014 is the Texas Supreme Court Place Six. Justice Jeff Brown vacated the seat when he was appointed by Gov. Rick Perry in September to fill Chief Justice Nathan Hecht's former associate justice seat. The filing period closed yesterday, leaving Meyers unopposed.

Although Meyers has yet to issue a formal statement, according to The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Meyers’ announcement came as a shock to the Republican Party.

“I am thrilled to welcome Judge Meyers to the Texas Democratic Party,” said Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa in a press release yesterday. “I am even more excited to know that Judge Meyers doesn’t stand alone. Every day, I hear from real voters that our party represents the strongest path forward for our state. Texas is changing and voters will continue to reject a Republican Party more focused on ideology than ideas.”

During Meyers’ run at the Supreme Court seat, he will continue to serve on the state’s Court of Criminal Appeals. And yes, he will serve as a Democrat.

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Republican Judge Lawrence "Larry" Meyers, Judge Meyers, San Antonio Judge Carlo Key, Texas Supreme Court, Texas Democrats, Court of Criminal Appeals

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