Party Switch Gives GOP Majority Status for First Time Since Reconstruction

In what has become something of a trend, Marshall County Commissioner Buddy Allen announced on Monday that he is switching from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party stating, "The No. 1 reason is the Democratic Party has left me."

Commissioner Allen becomes the second public official to switch parties in 2008, joining Senator Jimmy Holley (R-Elba).  This historic shift on the Marshall County Commission gives the Republican Party a majority on that body for the first time since Reconstruction, and gives the GOP the majority on 21 County Commissions within the State.  These 21 County Commissions govern approximately 54% of the population.

"The Party welcomes Commissioner Allen and we look forward to working with him as a Republican," stated Alabama Republican Party Chairman Rep. Mike Hubbard (R-Auburn).  "First Senator Holley and now Commissioner Allen, it is truly a great time to be a Republican,"