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|Navajo Indian And Democratic Senator Leaves To Join GOP
Arizona Democratic State Senator Carlyle Begay announced Monday he is leaving the Democratic Party and becoming a Republican. Senator Begay is a Navajo Indian and represents an area of Arizona which encompasses the Navajo and Hopi reservations.
Begay told the Arizona Republican, the Republican Party better reflects the values of self-determination and self-empowerment that he holds and wants to emphasize to his district.
To announce his decision, Begay released a two-minute video entitled, Change Must Happen Now explaining his reasoning. Citing the failing education system, high dropout rate, crumbling infrastructure and unemployment rates as high as 80 percent in parts of his district, Begay told constituents he’s found it is the Republican Party who has been willing to work with him to address these issues.