Thursday, August 20, 2015

Arkansas District 10 State Representative Mike Holcomb Changes Party Affiliation to Republican

Little Rock, AR--The Republican Party of Arkansas welcomed a new member today, State Representative Mike Holcomb of the Sulphur Springs community of Jefferson County. A press conference attended by Representative Holcomb, Governor Asa Hutchinson, House Majority Leader Ken Bragg, members of the General Assembly, and State Party Chairman Doyle Webb, was held at the Republican Party of Arkansas Headquarters in Little Rock today at 2:30 PM.

Republican Party Chairman Doyle Webb said Representative Holcomb has been met with “open arms”.

Ray King of the Pine Bluff Commercial reported Rep. Mike Holcombs remarks.

At the press conference, Holcomb, 64, said his opposition to abortion and gay marriage and his support for gun rights were factors in his decision. Holcomb, who represents District 10 — which includes portions of Jefferson, Lincoln, Cleveland, Grant and Drew counties — told The Commercial he was able to get elected in that district because of his “conservative, Christian values.”

“I believe a majority of the people in this state don’t want abortions, and they don’t want to recognize homosexual marriages,” Holcomb said. “The Democrats in Arkansas are not like Democrats nationwide, but when the chairman of the state Democratic Party praises the U.S. Supreme Court (for ruling to legalize gay marriages) and the Democratic Party caucus blasted the governor for not funding Planned Parenthood, that kind of drew a line in the sand for me.

“I could have either chosen not to run or to do what I did and that’s become a member of the Republican Party,” he said.

“The beliefs of the Democratic Party don’t fit my district,” Holcomb said. “I am not mad at anybody, but I believe the values that they (Republican Party) hold fit better for me and for my district.”

. . . In particular at the press conference, Holcomb cited Democratic opposition to Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s decision last week to cancel the state’s contract with Planned Parenthood following an anti-abortion group’s release of undercover videos showing Planned Parenthood officials discussing providing human tissue to researchers for payment.

“The practices portrayed in those videos serve as a further motivation to stand against those who wish to kill and also to defend those who cannot defend themselves,” Holcomb said. “The Democratic Party of Arkansas unanimously was in opposition to the governor’s action, they stated at their last committee meeting, and has showed me that I cannot in good faith continue as a member of that party.”

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