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REPORT: Republican Elected Officials From California, Kansas and New Jersey Have Switched to the Democratic Party Because of Donald Trump

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Kansas state Senator Barbara Bollier, California state Assemblyman Brian Maienschein and New Jersey state Senator Dawn Marie Addiego (Kansas, California and New Jersey government archives)

Since state governments began swearing in elected officials for the new legislative sessions, Democrats continued to see gains in their numbers. But how, when the 2018 election is over?

Republicans in Kansas, California and New Jersey left the GOP to become Democrats. And they all cited the same reason.

According to Kansas state Senator Barbara Bollier:

“The Republican Party, for all of its statements of having a big tent, continues to limit the tent. Those of us who were moderates are clearly not welcome.”

Three other Kansas Republicans joined Bollier in the exodus from the GOP. Along with their fellow former Republicans in California and New Jersey, the new Democrats all stated the GOP became too extreme under President Donald Trump.

New Jersey state Senator Dawn Marie Addiego said:

“My core values that originally drew me to the Republican Party have not changed, but the party which once echoed the vision of Ronald Reagan no longer exists.”

California Assemblyman Brian Maienschein, who left the GOP just days before Addiego cited differences with the current Republican Party leadership on “immigration, health care, gun control, abortion and gay rights.”

Director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute, Patrick Murray, stated:

“This is largely a product of the Trump phenomenon. President Trump has blown the lid off of this party. It starts to look like a personality cult.”

Some people suggest more Republicans should consider doing the same thing, including at the federal level.

People thought it was an excellent suggestion for ending the gridlock on progress in the United States Senate that they attribute to Senate Majority Leader, Republican Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.

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