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New Jersey Democrat Plans to Become a Republican amid Frustrations with Impeachment

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Rep. Jeff Van Drew, a House freshman from New Jersey, is expected to become a Republican. CNN reported that he was losing major support from Democrats in the district and “switching parties would allow Van Drew to avoid a Democratic primary challenge for his seat.”

According to an administration official, he had discussed switching parties in a meeting with Trump at the White House on Friday. Van Drew is one of the two Democrats who voted against formalizing the impeachment inquiry in October. He also announced earlier this month that “he would vote against all articles of impeachment on the House floor.”

Associated Press added that “Van Drew’s decision underscores the pressures facing moderate Democrats from Trump-leaning districts as next week’s impeachment vote approaches.” A senior Democratic aide said that Van Drew has not notified House Democratic leaders about his decision.

The senior Democratic aide provided a poll “conducted earlier this month by Van Drew’s campaign showing that by more than a 2-1 margin, people in his district would prefer a different candidate than Van Drew in the Democratic primary and general election.”

Last week, Van Drew denied rumors about him switching parties, but he reaffirmed his plan to oppose impeachment – thus barring new evidence.

“It doesn’t mean that I agree with everything the president may have said or done. It means that I don’t believe that these are impeachable offenses,” said Van Drew.

 

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  • GomeznSA says:

    Sounds to me like he is more concerned with getting re-elected than anything else. I have no problem with someone standing on principle but if maintaining his gravy train ride is his most valid reason for switching, I wouldn’t trust him. After all, he is a noo joizee democRAT…………..

  • Leslie Fish says:

    Tell him to try something completely different; become a Libertarian! Seriously, America needs a viable third party to break up the old either/or system, and the Libertarians are the best bet.

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