Scott Herman, who ran  as an openly gay Republican to represent Wilton Manors on the state legislature as recent as last month, is now a Democrat.

“It's not something I take lightly,” he told The Miami Herald.  “If you're involved in politics at all, as an elected or future candidate, you have to be either Republican or Democrat in these times.”

Herman, who had been a Republican for 23 years, said his party switch was motivated by the fact the Republican Party of Florida “ignored” his campaign, focusing its efforts on defeating gay Democrat Joe Saunders in Central Florida.

“After the treatment of RPOF, the way they treated all of us down here, ignoring us, we were not of value to the Republican Party,” Herman said.

Democrat Perry E. Thurston Jr. defeated Herman with 84 percent of the votes to win reelection for state House District 94 on Election Day.

District 94 includes Fort Lauderdale, Oakland Park, Wilton Manors and Plantation.

His next bid for office will likely be as a Democrat.

Read the Miami Herald story.