Viewpoint: Please switch BEFORE the election!

Some south Georgia voters got scammed. People in one State Senate and four State House Districts re-elected Democrats only to have them switch parties after election day.

It's kind of like going furniture shopping and picking out the perfect blue sofa. Then when it's delivered to your house, it's bright red.

Representatives Bob Hanner from Parrot, Gerald Greene from Cuthbert, and Ellis Black, Amy Carter and Senator Tim Golden, all from Valdosta, are now Republicans. They say they think they can represent their constituents better in the majority party.

Maybe that's true, but it seems they're more concerned about representing themselves and boosting their personal standing with legislative leaders. The state capitol is as clique-ish as a junior high school, and these representatives want to be part of the "in" crowd.

If they had a legitimate philosophical reason to switch parties, they should have done it when they qualified to run for re-election. Because they didn't, each one of these politicians ran unopposed.

Had they been honest with voters, true Democrats may have come forward to run against them, and voters would have had a real choice. Instead, thousands of south Georgians who thought they were voting for a Democrat actually voted for a Republican.

Many of those voters may rightly feel betrayed. The people who represent them in Atlanta misled them. That's not right. Unfortunately, it's something we've come to expect from too many politicians of both parties.