Mississippi College Republican Chairman Rejects GOP And Joins Democratic Party Over Tea Party Extremism

Evan Alvarez via Facebook

Evan Alvarez via Facebook

People continue to leave the Republican Party in droves, and the latest person to do so represents why the GOP is steaming full steam ahead toward extinction.

During the heavily contested Mississippi Senate contest between Republican incumbent Thad Cochran and Tea Party candidate Chris McDaniel, a separate civil war between the two factions of the GOP began to catch fire. The Mississippi Federation of College Republicans have a rule that prohibits members from endorsing primary candidates in the name of the MFCR. But Kolby Busby ignored the rule and made two robocalls on behalf of McDaniels anyway. Individually, he wouldn’t have been in violation of the rule, but he affiliated himself with MFCR in the calls. Therefore, he clearly broke the laws of the organization by speaking for it in an official capacity against MFCR wishes. MFCR Chairman Evan Alvarez moved to impeach Busby and remove him from the organization. But, Tea Party supporters intervened by inviting themselves to the impeachment proceedings, where they screamed, yelled, and threw a temper tantrum. Alvarez cancelled the meeting and he has resigned his position as chairman in disgust.

The interesting part of this story is how Alvarez resigned and what he announced afterward.

In his letter of resignation obtained by The Clarion-Ledger, Alvarez blasted Republicans for becoming a party of extremism.

“When I ran for Chairman in the spring, I ran to be Chairman of the Mississippi Federation of College REPUBLICANS, not the Mississippi Federation of College “Tea Partiers”. Also, I believe that the Republican Party has allowed these groups of extremist to have too much of a voice and because of that, the platform of the Republican Party has shifted too far to the right in my opinion.”

Why does Alvarez think the GOP is now too extreme? He didn’t simply resign because some Tea Party loons rudely interrupted a meeting. He resigned because of what the Tea Party is doing to America, and he took them to task over it.

“The drastic cuts on needed federal funding that these groups of Republican extremists support would leave society weak and crippled,” Alvarez wrote. “Secondly, their far right stance on immigration is not only ignorant, but it is cruel. After all our country is a nation of immigrants and should welcome immigrants from every country.”

Alvarez went on to criticize the GOP for allowing so much hate against “Americans, Hispanics, and other minorities in our country.”

But that’s not all Alvarez did. He announced his intention to abandon the Republican Party and switch his allegiance to the Democratic Party in a separate message to The Clarion-Ledger.

“After that whole event and a lot of thought up to know, I am leaving my position in the organization and have begun to speak to members of the Mississippi Democratic Party and will be changing my party affiliation to Democrat in the next few days. I have attached my letter to this email explaining the reasons that I can no longer be Chairman, and why I can no longer standby and identify with the Republican Party.”

Alvarez isn’t the only Republican who has jumped ship recently. In October 2013, a Texas judge finally couldn’t take it anymore and left his party for the ever-growing Democratic tent. A month later, a North Carolina GOP congressional candidate also waved goodbye to his party and joined the Democrats. But Alvarez is the perfect example of why the Republican Party is doomed to die with a whimper if it doesn’t change soon.

Alvarez’s defection to the Democrats isn’t just notable because he was a Republican opposed to the Tea Party. It’s also notable because of his youth and ethnicity. Alvarez is a millennial. As a millennial, Alvarez is part of what is destined to become the most dominant group of voters in future elections. Furthermore, he is now aligned with one of the biggest groups that support Democrats. In 2012, Democrats won the youth vote 67 percent to 30 percent. It was a whopping 37 point margin that decisively helped President Obama win a second term. Alvarez is yet another young voter in the Democratic camp that will only make the margin of victory wider for Democrats in elections to come.

Alvarez is not only young, he’s also Hispanic. As the son of a Cuban immigrant, Alvarez is part of the fastest growing minority group in the United States. It’s growing so fast, in fact, that predictions are being made that many red states like Texas could turn blue in a matter of a few years. And that’s a big problem for Republicans since 70 percent of Hispanics voted Democratic in 2012. In a political reality where losing increasingly important voting groups is pretty much a guarantee of defeat, the Republican Party isn’t doing a good job of appealing to those voters. If a GOP leader like Alvarez is willing to switch parties, others are likely to follow his example if they haven’t done so already.

Clearly, Alvarez felt alienated in a Republican Party that has chosen extremism over values that appeal to a majority of Americans. And if they continue to do so, the GOP will wake up one day and find themselves no longer relevant in this country. Their voice will be largely silent because their constituency will consist of a small group of whining bigots who would rather destroy the nation instead of making it better for everyone. Alvarez is not the first Republican to jump ship and he certainly won’t be the last. The GOP may not feel the loss yet, but eventually they will. And when they finally do, most Americans will be only too happy to not give a damn.