Monday, November 23, 2015

Arizona Democrat Rep Carlye Begay Rumored Ready to Switch to the GOP

Carlyle Begay (D) representing the Navajo Nation is rumored to be jumping the Democrat ship and headed to the Republican gangplank.
State Sen. Carlyle Begay
It’s not unexpected last spring in what seemed to be a quid pro quo the Senate added $1.2 million to a spending bill for transportation projects on the Navajo Nation, which Begay represents.
He then cast decisive votes for GOP Gov. Doug Ducey's budget,a budget that defunded education to the tune of over $75 Million dollars.
State Sen. Carlyle Begay of Ganado will be welcomed to the GOP fold by the state's top Republican officeholders -- Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake, and Gov. Ducey -- as well as the state party chairman, Robert Graham. The announcement will be made at the Capitol at a morning news conference.
Begay, who is a health-policy consultant, has been featured prominently by the governor at ceremonial occasions, most recently the signing of legislation settling the school-funding lawsuit.
Begay's party switch comes as a surprise to virtually no one at the Capitol, including Begay's fellow Democrats. Related: Begay Support for AZ 2016 Budget

Begay told The Arizona Republic Monday that his crucial vote crossing party lines to pass the current-year budget was his “tipping point.”  After that vote, state Democrats barred him from using caucus resources such as issuing news releases.
“I was being isolated because I was fighting for people to have a voice,” Begay said.  Welcomed by U.S. senators John McCain and Jeff Flake and many of the state’s GOP leaders, he told reporters at a news conference, “I want to help the Republican Party build a bridge with those who need and want a chance with those who can provide that chance.”

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