Van Drew has made headlines for his decision to switch parties, from Democrat to Republican. Drew made the decision after meeting with President Trump, who apparently sold him something he couldn’t say no to. Whatever it was, it caught Drew’s entire team off guard, and they were left with no choice but to resign from their posts, at least most of them.
The people resigning include deputy chiefs of staff Justin O’Leary and Edward Kaczmarski, legislative director Javier Gamboa, communications director Mackenzie Lucas and legislative staff assistant Caroline Wood.
— Amy Siskind 🏳️🌈 (@Amy_Siskind) December 16, 2019
The senior staffers left a departing message as to why they could no longer support Drew:
“Trump Republicans have sided with special interest over the needs of working people. Worse, they continue to aid and abet Trump as he shreds the Constitution and tears the country apart.”
“They have refused to grapple with how the President of the United States has jeopardized our national security for his own political advantage.”
It's right before the holidays and these staffers just quit their jobs to stand up for their Democratic values. We'll bring them and others who leave on with the @dccc until they land new jobs that align with their values. (1/2)https://t.co/MqWVsnAGcN
— Cheri Bustos (@CheriBustos) December 16, 2019
Drew got the president’s attention by being one of only two Democrats to oppose articles of impeachment against the president, and his clear affection for Trump has rubbed Democrats the wrong way. Many are saying that this move is nothing more than Drew’s way of making sure he gets reelected.
The aides continue:
“We greatly appreciate the opportunities that the Congressman has given us, and we are proud of the work we’ve done together on behalf of the people of New Jersey’s Second Congressional District. Sadly, Congressman Van Drew’s decision to join the ranks of the Republican Party led by (President) Donald Trump does not align with the values we brought to this job when we joined his office.”
Democrat Rep. Steve Cohen calls Rep. Jeff Van Drew a “traitor to the majority” for switching parties because of Impeachment. pic.twitter.com/hkGTNUrGDc
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) December 16, 2019
According to CNN:
The resignations come as Van Drew, who strongly opposes House Democrats’ impeachment of Trump, has told colleagues of his intentions to switch parties, according to two sources.Internal polling has shown he was losing major support from Democrats in the district, Democratic sources told CNN on Saturday. Switching parties would allow Van Drew to avoid a Democratic primary challenge for his seat.