MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - While Republicans still control both chambers of the Alabama legislature, they lost a member to the Democratic Party Thursday.
State Representative Daniel Boman, a first term legislator representing Fayette, Lamar and Tuscaloosa counties, made the decision to switch parties because he believes Republicans are hurting his constituents.
"During this current session I have seen this legislative body pass bills that I feel adversely affect what my people back home want, need, and deserve…I will never choose the Party over the people again," Boman said.
Boman was one of the 10 Republican representatives who voted against the GOP's bill that would have streamlined the process for firing inexperienced teachers.
While Democrats are heralding the switch as more proof that "the tide is changing in Alabama and across the nation," as Democratic Party Chairman Mark Kennedy explained during the news conference, Republicans seem satisfied with Boman's switch as well.
"I'm sure he will feel much more comfortable wearing the label of Democrat," said House Speaker Mike Hubbard of Rep. Boman's decision. "If anything, Mr. Boman is to be commended for formally affirming what he has likely felt in his heart for some time now."
Democrats say they've had a great week are looking forward to the 2012 elections.