Kirk EnglandNot much of a surprise, everyone’s been whispering about it for weeks, but it was announced last night that State Rep. Kirk England of Grand Prairie is swapping the “R” for a “D.”

Given that he only rated a 47% on fiscal issues, first-termer England had signaled his opposition to conservative fiscal principles with nearly every vote he took.

There are only three Republicans in the Texas House who scored lower than England: Tommy Merritt of Longview (38.5%), Charlie Geren of Fort Worth (45.5%) and Delwin Jones of Lubbock (46.2%). They campaign under the banner of the fiscal conservative brand, but vote something else entirely.

This is going to be a very interesting election cycle…

Michael Quinn Sullivan

Michael Quinn Sullivan is the publisher of Texas Scorecard. He is a native Texan, a graduate of Texas A&M, and an Eagle Scout. Previously, he has worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine contributor, Capitol Hill staffer, and think tank vice president. Michael and his wife have three adult children, a son-in-law, and a dog. Michael is the author of three books, including "Reflections on Life and Liberty."