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.”
Dawn Addiego, a Republican senator serving New Jersey’s @8thdistrictleg, has announced that she will switch parties. In the Senate, Democrats now outnumber Republicans 26 to 14. They also hold a majority in the Assembly. https://t.co/sVc7erN5Qk via @asburyparkpress @dracioppi
— Jeanette Beebe (@JeanetteBeebe) January 29, 2019
New Jersey state Senator Dawn Addiego is leaving the Republican Party to become a Democrat
Her switch gives Democrats a 26-14 majority in the state senate
That’s the smallest amount of seats the Republican Party has had in the chamber since 1981
— Edward Hardy (@EdwardTHardy) January 30, 2019
— CC (@hibella3456) January 25, 2019
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.”
Those of us who were determined to elect a Democrat in the 77th Assembly District, will be watching closely to see whether Mr. Maienschein fully embraces our community’s values & rejects the Republican agenda, or whether his party switch is simply an attempt to hold onto power.
— Sunday Gover (@sunday_gover) January 24, 2019
Over the past two months, as lawmakers were sworn in and this year’s statehouse sessions got underway, Republicans in California, Kansas and New Jersey switched their party affiliations to become Democrats.https://t.co/4Ca3vLOCyb
— NBC Politics (@NBCPolitics) February 1, 2019
Dems gain as GOP state lawmakers switch sides because of Trump extremism
Over the past two months, Republicans in California, Kansas and New Jersey switched their party affiliations to become Democrats
They all say the party is now too extremehttps://t.co/NcGtPwVZnO
— 🇺🇸❤h0n3y_73❤🇺🇸 (@h0n3y_73) January 31, 2019
— GLAAZER (@GLAAZER1) January 30, 2019
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.”
Let’s hope this is a growing trend. Trump has done serious damage to the Party and the office. Now is the time to work together with civility and less raw partisanship.
— Steve Love (@SteveLo84947282) February 1, 2019
Some people suggest more Republicans should consider doing the same thing, including at the federal level.
Hey Lisa, here’s an idea: How about you and 3 other sane Republicans (if there are any) switch to Independent and caucus with the Democrats? You can make Schumer the majority leader immediately, and pass bills to reopen government. I bet you can get a veto-proof majority too!
— Saravan Chaturvedi (@SachaturTweets) January 24, 2019
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.