Van Drew also says that he was troubled by the leftward lunge of the Democrats: “I’m a proud capitalist”
Last weekend, I blogged about then-Democrat Rep. Jeff Van Drew (NJ) deciding to switch to the Republican party. He waited until after the impeachment vote and was one of the Democrats to vote against impeachment, but he has now officially become a Republican.
On Sunday, Van Drew appeared on Fox News to discuss his decision to leave the majority party and join the Republican minority.
— Maria Bartiromo (@MariaBartiromo) December 22, 2019
He says that he has been troubled by the leftward lunge of the Democrats.
“The party is moving further and further to the left, where there is discussion of it being a socialist party. And I am a proud capitalist. I believe in hard work. I believe that we can give people opportunity, but that they also, when they get that opportunity, have to work hard to achieve success. You can’t give them success.”
He then says that the final straw for him was being told to vote for impeachment . . . or else.
“But the final sign for me was oddly enough actually in my home county when one of the county chairmen came to me and said, ‘I have to speak with you.’ I said, ‘Sure.’ He said, ‘I just want to let you know that you have to vote for impeachment … If you don’t, you’re not going to be able to run in my county.’”
This didn’t sit well with Van Drew who feels the impeachment articles are “thin” and “weak.”
“This impeachment is a weak, thin impeachment that just doesn't really mean anything much to most of the American people. It has been a long, dark, shadow on our country.” –@CongressmanJVD pic.twitter.com/cH0EN20D3A
— GOP (@GOP) December 22, 2019
Watch the segment:
Earlier in the week, Van Drew met again with President Trump and told him that the president had his “undying support.” Trump thanked him and endorsed Van Drew on the spot.
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