Last week, newly-minted Republican Rep. Jeff Van Drew (NJ) announced that he would be switching parties to join the GOP — and in an interview this weekend with Fox News, the former Democrat explained why.
“The [Democratic] Party is moving further and further to the left where there’s discussions of it being a socialist party, and I am a proud capitalist. I believe in hard work,” Van Drew said on Fox’s Sunday Morning Futures, according to The Hill.
The congressman went on to recall an incident in which a county chairman in his home state “came to me and said you’ve got to vote for impeachment. If you don’t, you’re not going to be able to run in my county,” the chairman allegedly told him.
“The final sign”
Van Drew told host Maria Bartiromo that this was “the final sign” that he would no longer be comfortable serving within the Democratic Party. He also disputed the notion that a “no” vote on impeachment would have precluded him from seeking re-election.
“I still could have run,” Van Drew insisted. “But it made me think, for all the years that I have worked so hard and tried to give so much…and it all boils down to one vote, that I may have my own individual opinion on one vote, and that’s not going to be allowed? I’m going to be punished for that? And that’s when I knew.”
This isn’t the first time Van Drew has lambasted Democrats. During an interview with Bartiromo last month, Van Drew accused his party of “fracturing the nation apart.”
“We’ve spent millions of dollars, in my opinion, tons of money, tons of time, tons of hurt, fracturing the nation apart. I haven’t seen this to be a good thing,” Van Drew said.
He added: “We’re going to have an election next year, let’s have the election, let’s fight through the election, let’s do what Republicans and Democrats and whomever else does, but this is going to get us nowhere.”
“The list goes on”
The congressman also complained in his November interview that important work is being neglected due to the incessant focus on impeachment.
“Many of us came to Congress because we really wanted to accomplish goals, really work on issues such as healthcare, work on issues dealing with prescription drugs, election security, the debt, the deficit — the list goes on,” he asserted, according to The Washington Examiner.
According to the Examiner, Van Drew appeared at the White House on Dec. 19, solidifying his transition to the Republican Party. During the visit, the president promised to endorse Van Drew, and the congressman pledged his “undying support” to Trump and his re-election campaign.
How many more Dems will turn red before this impeachment circus is over? Only time will tell.