Late last year, U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (I-AZ) left the Democratic Party to become an independent. In the months since then, several state-level Democratic lawmakers have left the party and registered as Republicans.
The most recent example is West Virginia Delegate Elliot Pritt.
As TheBlaze reported:
“I am writing to inform you of my decision to leave the Democratic Party,” Pritt wrote.
“We are being pushed out,” Pritt continued. “It has become more and more obvious that there is very little room in the party for traditional values or differences regarding political opinion.”
Pritt noted that he did not come to a decision hastily but that “after weeks of personal consideration, soul searching, and discussion with my family,” he concluded that leaving the party would be the best move to continue representing those in his district.
“I can no longer in good conscience remain a Democrat,” he added. “I simply cannot continue down the road that the Democratic Party is headed if I am to accurately represent my constituents and my people as well as my own conscience.”
Twitter users have been weighing in on the trend:
West Virginia Democrat, Elliot Pritt, has announced that he will be leaving the Democrat party for the Republican Party. pic.twitter.com/VWRsG3WxGQ
— FreedomRises (@freedomrises76) April 18, 2023
Louisiana Rep. Jeremy LaCombe, a Democrat who was elected in 2019, announced yesterday he is leaving the Democrat party and switching to the Republican party.
— Kambree (@KamVTV) April 11, 2023
The fact that almost daily, democrats are leaving their party to become republicans is a huge indicator of which party is extreme. The right is becoming the party for moderates, there is almost no moderates on the left. You don’t see republicans leaving to become democrats. JS.
— Texas Belle (@justbelle1375) April 17, 2023
In the span of less than a month, two Democrats in Louisiana alone made similar announcements.
According to Fox News:
Democrats were dealt another blow from within their own ranks this week as yet another state lawmaker declared he was leaving the party.
According to a Monday report by The Advocate, a Louisiana-based newspaper, state Rep. Jeremy LaCombe announced he had left the Democratic Party and would be registering as a Republican.
It was not immediately clear what prompted LaCombe’s departure, however he is now the second Louisiana Democrat in less than a month to switch party affiliations, and the third nationwide after another state lawmaker in North Carolina did the same.
Here’s why a former spokesman for D.C.’s far-left mayor decided to leave the party: