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San Antonio Judge Leaves GOP in Blistering Video Denouncing Party's Anti-Gay Extremism: VIDEO


Bexar, Texas County Criminal Court Judge Carlo Key has switched parties in a video announcing he's seeking reelection as a Democrat, Think Progress reports.

ChanKey's decision to leave the Republican party is due to the GOP's anti-LGBT hate speech and calls it a party "at war with itself."

Says Key:

I can no longer be a member of the Republican Party. For too long, the Republican Party has been at war with itself. Rational Republican beliefs have given way to ideological character assassinations. Pragmatism and principal have been overtaken by pettiness and bigotry. Make no mistake: I have not left the Republican Party. It left me. I cannot tolerate a political party that demeans Texans based on their sexual orientation, the color of their skin or their economic status. I will not be a member of a Party in which hate speech elevates candidates for higher office rather than disqualifying them. I cannot place my name on the ballot for a political party that is proud to destroy the lives of hundreds of thousands of federal workers over the vain attempt to repeal a law that would provide health care to millions of people throughout our country.

Key also cites San Antonio Councilwoman Elisa Chan who called gays "disgusting" in the run-up to the city's passage of an LGBT non-discrimination bill, and blasts Republicans for shutting down the government over health care reform.

Watch Key's powerful video, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Well said sir, especially the part about hate speech elevating GOP candidates for higher office rather than disqualifying them. Welcome.

    Posted by: Bubba | Oct 21, 2013 6:46:07 PM

  2. kind of cool.

    Posted by: jno | Oct 21, 2013 6:46:43 PM

  3. Finally: The truth about the hated filled GOP is coming out. The party is imploding,due to the items mentioned by the judge.

    Posted by: Patrick | Oct 21, 2013 6:53:03 PM

  4. Excellent! Just excellent!

    Posted by: Mike | Oct 21, 2013 6:55:04 PM

  5. Wow.

    Posted by: Robert | Oct 21, 2013 6:59:58 PM

  6. I especially liked the part about hate speech as he showed that closeted Chan woman.

    Posted by: DannyEastVillage | Oct 21, 2013 7:02:20 PM

  7. Oh boy. And Texas, too? You're going to start seeing more and more of this. The moderates, the sane folk of the party are being driven out of the Republican party. Independents increasingly identify more with Democrats. Americans in general, including Republicans, are becoming more liberal on social issues. Republicans are driving themselves into irrelevancy.

    Good on you Judge Key. Hope you win your election!

    Posted by: Francis #1 | Oct 21, 2013 7:03:31 PM

  8. Bravo!

    Posted by: omega | Oct 21, 2013 7:04:55 PM

  9. Goodbye GOP!!! Can't say anything positive about you at all. You will be remembered as a black mark on American history - the party of ignorance and hate.

    Posted by: Geoff | Oct 21, 2013 7:05:01 PM

  10. Hot damn! He nailed them on hate speech. The local tea party came out in SUPPORT of Elisa Chan. Texas can't turn blue soon enough.

    Posted by: Josh | Oct 21, 2013 7:05:19 PM

  11. and he's really cute too!

    Posted by: danielw | Oct 21, 2013 7:08:31 PM

  12. Bravo!

    Posted by: Howard | Oct 21, 2013 7:11:00 PM

  13. Holy crap...he's my new favorite person!

    Posted by: James in Hollywood | Oct 21, 2013 7:13:23 PM

  14. Well, glad the judge made his way out. However, Nixon's 'southern strategy' was whipping out the hate in the 70's--probably too early for the young judge to have noticed. How could he not have known about Lee Atwater's Republican campaigns trading on racism in the 80's? This guy is a modern Saul on the road to Damascus.

    Posted by: Akrontru | Oct 21, 2013 7:17:52 PM

  15. There is something very wrong when judges have a party affiliation. Electing judges is a profoundly stupid idea and almost uniquely American.

    Posted by: AnotherSteve | Oct 21, 2013 7:26:56 PM

  16. Very impressed that he did this. Hopefully it won't cost him reelection. It seems like a helluva lot of those Texan voters support what he cites as his reason for leaving.

    Posted by: MrRoboto | Oct 21, 2013 7:43:33 PM

  17. Welcome aboard, Judge Key.

    Posted by: deke | Oct 21, 2013 8:10:39 PM

  18. I just can't vote for someone who can't put his books in order.

    Posted by: Talisman | Oct 21, 2013 8:14:10 PM

  19. I wonder how this will play in Texas. I applaud him, standing up for principles and calling out those who don't.

    I would love to see more and more people in these positions speak up. But I imagine that too many of them are ideologues rather than judges too (Scalia, anyone...) Especially in a state like Texas where ideology now passes for reality.

    Posted by: Bart | Oct 21, 2013 8:15:57 PM

  20. Bravo! Bravo! Bravo! I was so moved by Judge Key's line about justice and fairness. This is indeed the title of the book by the recently deceased English philosopher, John Rawls: Fairness as Justice. To think that we might have an evolving trend in our nation that would pursue fairness is truly mind boggling. Thank you, sir. May all the good forces be with you in this upcoming election.

    Posted by: seamus | Oct 21, 2013 8:33:48 PM

  21. There are so many reasons to leave the Republican Party. I hope it withers away for once and for all.

    Posted by: JonnyNYNY2FLFL | Oct 21, 2013 8:34:31 PM

  22. This is how the Democratic party can turn Texas BLUE. Straight talk about what is wrong with the GOP from someone who used to be a part of the GOP.

    Leave the crazy behind and enter a world where you are valued.

    Posted by: bkmn | Oct 21, 2013 8:38:21 PM

  23. Using Reagan's (the GOP God) words against them. They not only took the bus that left rational conservatives behind, but also sanity, reality and this country behind. I hope that bus is soon found turned over in a ditch somewhere.

    Posted by: woodroad34 | Oct 21, 2013 8:57:46 PM

  24. Very weird, electing judges.

    Posted by: Randal Oulton | Oct 21, 2013 9:05:36 PM

  25. I hope his statement motivates other republicans who, like him, are appalled at the direction their party has taken to leave it. Shrinking the gop rolls is important.

    Posted by: ian | Oct 21, 2013 9:07:45 PM

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