One of the three Democrats who voted not to impeach President Trump has announced that he will be switching to the Republican party.
Rep. Jeff Van Drew’s announcement came as no surprise, as he’s been very critical of the Dem’s mission to impeach the president. In a recent television interview, he said, “Why don’t we let the people do the impeachment by voting in the electoral process the way that we usually do.”
NEWS from our memo on Van Drew's re-election chances:
Van Drew's INTERNAL polling showed a plurality wanted someone new in his seat. pic.twitter.com/EFsTTGMQef
— Robyn Patterson (@RM_Patterson) December 19, 2019
Van Drew is up for re-election in 2020 and polls by the firm Target Smart and his own internal polling show that the majority of his constituents want someone new, with only about a quarter saying that Van Drew should be reelected. In 2018, Van Drew flipped his district, replacing longtime Republican Frank LoBiondo who gave up his seat after retiring.
In a statement, Van Drew told members of the press that “This is who I am, it’s who I always was, but there was more tolerance of moderate Democrats, of Blue Dog Democrats, of conservative Democrats, and I think that’s going away,” adding, “I believe that this is just a better fit for me.”
President Trump has been praising the congressman over the past few days, tweeting on Tuesday that, “Congressman Jeff Van Drew is very popular in our great and very united Republican Party. t was a tribute to him that he was able to win his heavily Republican district as a Democrat. People like that are not easily replaceable!”
The GOP House Leader Kevin McCarthy has also welcomed Van Drew with open arms and hopes that other Democrats will follow in his footsteps.
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