Apparently, he doesn’t like Mary Hawkins-Butler very much . . . and vice versa.
In 2011, Johnson ran an ill-fated race against Dick Hall in the Republican primary for Central District Transportation Commissioner where he lost in the primary 70/30 including losing his home county of Madison by almost a 3:1 margin.
And what does the liberal MS blogosphere think? Well, bless their hearts, I think they had their heart set on someone else besides Tim Johnson as Cottonmouth tweeted a photo clearly inferring that it was Republican State Senator Gray Tollison who was switching even though that's clearly not the case.
Democrats seem content to keep trading field goals for touchdowns. For this "party switch" news on Tim Johnson, the facts are that Republicans have continued to turn elected Democrats to party switch at a break neck pace and that has most prominently occurred in the state Legislature netting folks like Tollison. The stated strategy in the Clarion Ledger article was to bait Tate Reeves into spending money so he doesn't get involved in other races. But the truth is that Reeves will now have reason to raise out of state money albeit against a pretty weak challenger (assuming no Republican hops in a primary). Politically, to have the Democrats highest standard bearer for office right now be a Republican that absolutely got trounced in a primary last time out is more evidence that the doldrums they find themselves in.
In the meantime, Mississippi Democrats can dream about what will be this election cycle.