Another leading Democrat has switched to the GOP, stating that his former party has left him and no longer represents working-class Americans.
North Las Vegas Democrat Mayor John Lee announced that he’s running as a Republican in a primary for governor. Lee was a registered Democrat who served in the state assembly from 1997 to 2001 and the state senate from 2004 to 2012.
Lee argued the Democrats’ “elitist” and “socialist” agenda is not one he “can stand with anymore.”
“They had an election recently for leadership, and four of the five people were card-carrying members of the Socialist Party. It’s not the party that I grew up with 25 years ago in this environment, and it’s not the party I can stand with anymore,” Lee began.
“The working class, or working men and women of this country, and also the small business owners are not a part of the conversation anymore. It all has to do with the elitists and it has to do with the socialists. That is not the agenda that I have in mind for this country of the future,” he continued.
“When you’re a pro-life Democrat, a pro-gun Democrat, and you’re a very conservative person, that’s not really well known in the Democratic Party anymore. And so for me to hang on as long as I did, hoping the party would change, it didn’t, it got worse,” he said.
He added: “So, therefore, I found a new place that I can put my allegiance to and help. Once again, forget about the last eight years. It’s the next four years that predict the future.”
Indeed, Democrats continue to move so far to the Left that a new report reveals that many are switching parties and joining the GOP.
“Sure, Dems, they are relatively small numbers, but the trend is inexorable. If it’s a mass switching to muck around in GOP primaries, kudos for your discipline. But I don’t think so,” The Nevada Independent reported.
“Combine this trend with the Repubs doubling the Dems in voter registration in May, which never happens, and the Dem statewide lead about to drop below 3 percent (this is unprecedented since…the Reagan Era?), and all of the signs are red wavy,” the report added.
Here is the breakdown from May:
The latest (last three months in parentheses):
Democrat to Republican: 1,167 (2,331)
Republican to Democrat: 343 (665)
Democrat to nonpartisan: 915 (2,431)
Republican to nonpartisan: 400 (1,207)
NP to Democrat: 1,824 (3,395)
NP to GOP: 3,019 (5,016)
Also, the report noted that more Dems are “fleeing their party and registering as indies, too, by close to 2-to-1. But if you look at the aggregate numbers for the last quarter, you’d rather be the Rs than the Ds.”