Months before the crucial midterm elections, which many pollsters believe will be very favorable to Republicans, another Democrat has announced they are switching parties and joining the GOP. Writes Martin Walsh
Democratic council member Harriet Holman in Dorchester County, South Carolina, announced that she has switched political parties and will be running for re-election as a Republican.
“Some things that I had looked at, that I just didn’t agree with any longer,” Holman said on Fox News.
“One of the things was that I am just totally pro-life, and I am about capitalism, and I am for funding the police. And so those things are what made me make my final decision,” she added.
The retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel said she believes Republicans will grow their numbers in African-American communities.
“We’re born into our families, and we kind of take on the trait of what our families are, and my parents were Democrats,” she explained.
“It wasn’t an easy decision. I talked to family, I talked to friends, I talked to my constituents, and a lot of my family members are really Republican, as well. So it was not too hard of a transition at all,” she remarked.
Holman is not the only Democrat who has left the party lately.
New Mexico Democrat State Sen. Jacob Candelaria announced that she left the Democrat Party, citing “unconstitutional acts” by Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham.
“I announce today that I’ve submitted to the Secretary of State a reregistration, changing my registration,” Candelaria said.
“It’s been a beautiful chapter — it’s been incredibly rewarding — but it’s also incredibly demanding,” Candelaria said, explaining his decision to retire from state government. “At this point, I’m happy to say that my husband and my future children require my full measure of attention. They need to come first, and I just can no longer give what it requires to do the job, honestly, and it’s time for someone else to step in and do that.”
“We need more people challenging the status quo in this state because we should be demanding more of our state government and its institutions,” he said. “We should demand more from people in elected office, and I think as a private citizen, all of those folks can look forward to me being even blunter about my views.”
Candelaria also said, “the Democratic Party has been asleep at the wheel for decades, on issues that we claim matter most to communities of color and the poor.”
North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee also announced he left the Democratic Party and joined the GOP.
During an interview on Fox News, Lee said he became a Republican because the Democrats have embraced socialism and an “anti-American” agenda.
“The party moved past me. In fact, Democrats are now leaving that party in droves because of the socialist agenda that has taken place in the Democratic Party,” Lee began.
“They’re totally anti-American. There was nowhere for people who thought and felt like I did about the virtues and values and morals of being a good American. It was time to leave. They have destroyed the Democratic Party now,” he added.
Lee argued the Democrats’ “elitist” and “socialist” agenda is not one he “can stand with anymore.”
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