Vanderburgh County, Indiana, Sheriff Dave Wedding surprised his listeners at a press conference last week when he announced that after months of violent protests and demonstrations against police, he had decided to leave the Democratic ranks and join the Republican Party.
Sherrif Wedding announced the change on Thursday outside White Stallion Energy in Evansville, where Mayor Lloyd Winnecke and Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch, both Republicans, were in attendence, said local 14 News.
Lots of people here outside White Stallion Energy for an announcement from Mayor Lloyd Winnecke, Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch and Sheriff Dave Wedding. pic.twitter.com/NEMUmi87By
— Joseph Payton (@JPayton14News) September 3, 2020
The sheriff based his decision on what has been happening nationally with violent disturbances in demonstrations following the assassination of George Floyd in May.
Allegations of racial inequality and the calling for a de-financing of the security system and even in some more extreme cases for the system’s total abolition concerned him greatly.
Wedding said he understands that conflicts should be dealt with and that any violence or civil disturbance that goes against the law should not be tolerated. In this sense, he declared to 14 News, “the Democratic Party has lost its way.”
“The Democrats represented hard-working individuals,” the Sheriff said.
“People who were just working-class America and they believed in values, family, and that you’ve got to work to achieve. I think we’ve lost that in the Democratic Party. I was one of the people who had nothing growing up and I’ve worked to achieve. I’m proud of where I was and where I am today.”
He added, “Watching the daily burning of American flags, failing to be able to use the word God in any sentence at most Democrat-led functions, denouncing law enforcement as if we’re the evil people.
“I am very proud of my profession in law enforcement and when people attack us, it’s pretty insulting.”
Wedding’s choice to change parties is not the first case in the area. In mid-June, Sheriff Tom Latham of Posey County, Indiana, also announced his resignation from the Democratic Party to join the Republican ranks. He said the Democratic rhetoric in response to George Floyd’s death went too far in a Facebook posting.
His words were: “I have always lived my life by conservative values and have felt strongly that a political party does not define me as a person. That being said, my values—and the values of today’s Democrat platform—are so different that I can no longer call myself a Democrat. “
“Two Democrat Sheriffs in Indiana joined the Republican Party! Proud to welcome Sheriff Dave Wedding of Vanderburgh Co. and Sheriff Tom Latham of Posey Co. to the GOP! Under President @realdonaldtrump we stand for Law & Order and we Back the Blue!”
Two Democrat Sheriffs in Indiana joined the Republican Party! Proud to welcome Sheriff Dave Wedding of Vanderburgh Co. and Sheriff Tom Latham of Posey Co. to the GOP! Under President @realdonaldtrump we stand for Law & Order and we Back the Blue! https://t.co/7JQNfnAGwl
— Mike Pence (@Mike_Pence) September 4, 2020