Rep. Jeff Van Drew (D-NJ) is reportedly considering switching to the Republican Party because of the way his party has handled the impeachment witch hunt.

Van Drew was elected in 2018 in a district that Trump carried, and he was one of two Democrats to vote with Republicans against the Democrats’ House impeachment rules.

His win in 2018 was a big deal for Democrats who were working to flip—and succeeded in flipping—the House.

Van Drew has been a vocal opponent of impeachment, and his stance caught President Trump’s attention.  The two reportedly met on Friday, and Van Drew is now expected to announce his party switch in the coming days.

Politico reports:

Rep. Jeff Van Drew, a moderate Democrat who is strongly opposed to impeaching President Donald Trump, is expected to switch parties and become a Republican, according to multiple sources familiar with the situation.

. . . .Van Drew’s congressional and campaign staff were informed he was planning to switch parties on Saturday, according to Democratic sources. The question was now when, not if, Van Drew was joining the Republican Party, according to several Democrats with knowledge of the ongoing conversations.

As of Saturday afternoon, it was still unclear if Van Drew would make the announcement before the House votes on impeachment, which is expected Wednesday.

“It was supposed to be bipartisan, it was supposed to be incontrovertible. It was supposed to be something that was always on the rarest of circumstances,” Van Drew told reporters about impeachment earlier this week. “Well it’s not bipartisan.”

. . . . Van Drew flipped his GOP district in southern New Jersey, helping deliver Democrats the House majority. The district, which still leans Republican, voted for Trump in 2016.

The impeachment vote is scheduled for Wednesday.

Van Drew has long opposed impeachment.  Watch him on Tucker as he discusses his stance back in September:

It’s probably too much to hope that other centrist or Blue Dog Democrats, particularly those in districts Trump won, will follow suit.  But isn’t it pretty to think so?

 

 
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