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Democratic Rep. Jeff Van Drew (N.J.), one of the only Democratic lawmakers to vocally oppose President Donald Trump’s impeachment, is switching political parties, according to multiple reports.

Politico reported that “the question now was when, not if, Van Drew was joining the Republican Party.”

The Washington Post reported:

Officials said Saturday that Rep. Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey, a vocally anti-impeachment Democrat, will join the Republican Party in the coming days following a Friday meeting with President Trump — a move that would put a political chill on the Democrats’ expected vote to impeach Trump next week.

Two Democratic officials familiar with Van Drew’s discussions in recent days said they believe he has decided to switch parties. The White House meeting was confirmed by a Trump administration official and one of the Democratic officials.

According to the New York Times, an announcement formalizing Van Drew’s transition to the Republican Party will come sometime next week.

Van Drew, who defeated a Republican in 2018 to take over New Jersey’s second congressional district, is one of the most conservative members of the Democratic Party. Van Drew and Rep. Collin C. Peterson (D-Minn.) were the only two Democrats to vote against the House resolution that formalized the Democrat-led impeachment inquiry against the president.

Motivations for the party switch are likely two-fold.

First, Van Drew’s impeachment opposition would have slimmed his chances of winning a Democratic primary next year. Second, the Republican Party had already indicated that it was targeting Van Drew in its effort to retake control of the House. Because the Senate will most likely acquit the president, being a Republican is political advantageous for Van Drew and his 2020 re-election.

Reports of Van Drew’s planned Democratic Party abdication come just four days after he denied that he might switch parties.

“I’m not changing anything — just doing my job. I’m still a Democrat, right here,” he told reporters Tuesday, the Post reported.

  • Joe Bogusi says:

    He knew he couldn’t win reelection as a Dem. Can he win as a Republican?

  • Rick says:

    democrats are a evil party that will do everything to win….They don’t care about the American people…

  • wendy says:

    be careful people. There are dems out there running as republicans so they can get re-elected and then turn into RINOs when they get in. I wouldn’t trust them as far as I could throw them.

  • Chastran says:

    We only need 18 more of the 51 Democrats that are threatened by the impeachment fiasco to change party to the GOP to have a majority in the House. Come on over ladies and gentlemen…

  • neo says:

    Van Drew was probably told by the DNC that he would not receive any monies for his upcoming campaign because he broke ranks and did not tow the party line about the sham impeachment. That’s how things are done in the democrat party…..their way or the highway…

  • Mike says:

    pretty good way to put a spy in the party, tell him thanks but no thanks, run a true conservative against him

  • Maureen says:

    I can’t believe that there are so many people out there that buy this BS the Demoncrats are spewing. President Trump has done more for this country than any other President. President Kennedy would have done the same thing, but they had him killed. He was going to expose their evilness long ago. Just remember this: President Trump was a Democrat, but needed a ticket to run on. Now he is a People’s President.

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