The mayor of North Las Vegas, Nevada, reported that he is switching party affiliations from Democratic to Republican, citing the Democratic Party’s shift to leftism in recent years.

“They had an election recently for leadership, and four of the five people were card-carrying members of the Socialistic Party,” North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee told Fox News with some indignation on Tuesday. “It’s not the party that I grew up with 25 years ago in this environment, and it’s not the party I can stand with anymore.”

Lee was referring to an incident last month. Top Nevada Democratic Party staffers resigned immediately after supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) won an election to control a majority of the committee board seats. The change was precipitated when Judith Whitmer, a member of the Las Vegas chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America, was elected chairwoman of the state party.

Lee argued that the Democratic Party has abandoned its traditional working-class base and is now catering to the agenda of “socialists” and “elitists.”

He further stressed that entrepreneurs, small businesses, and workers are also part of American society and that this is not being discussed among Democrats. “It all has to do with the elitists, and it has to do with the socialists. That is not the agenda that I have in mind for this country of the future.”

The mayor complained that within the Democratic Party, one could not defend conservative ideas, such as demonstrating against abortion. In this sense, he was assured that the Republican Party has a place for him.

“I found a new place to which I can put my loyalty and help. Again, forget about the last eight years. It’s the next four years that predict the future,” Lee maintained. 

He also admitted that while he has been a lifelong Democrat on paper, he has long been a Republican at heart. So much so that he admitted to having voted for former President Trump on two occasions. 

Lee’s campaign website already states his change of party.

John Lee also made official on his Twitter account the change he just made, saying:

“Today, I switched political parties. The Democratic Party is broken. It’s time to bring people together to get things done. It’s time to stop shouting and start solving problems.”

Dozens of congratulatory and welcoming greetings were not long in coming since the posting of the message.


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