House makes it official: Van Drew’s no longer a Democrat

Henrietta Brewer
January 9, 2020

President Donald Trump is making a campaign stop in deep blue New Jersey later this month to reward US MP Jeff Van Drew for switching sides and voting to be impeached.

Van Drew said at the time that he believed the GOP was a "better fit" and promised Trump his "undying support". "Nobody likes a turncoat, shame on you Van Drew!"

"But too many of our leaders have lost their moral compass", she said. "Trump and Van Drew are symptoms of a bigger sickness affecting our country and our politics". Doing what's right shouldn't be complicated.

"Rep. Van Drew's signature on the discharge petition is a great victory for saving precious children who survive abortions", Mat Staver, Liberty Counsel Action chairman, said in a statement.

A message seeking a response was left with Van Drew.

Van Drew had been facing an uphill Democratic primary battle, including a challenge from Brigid Harrison, a Montclair State University political science professor who had secured the backing of top local Democrats, including the New Jersey Senate president.

Now there is one Kennedy serving in Congress - Joe Kennedy III, 39, who has a Democratic House seat in MA but who is running a primary challenge to Democratic senator Ed Markey.

Amy Kennedy, education director of the Kennedy Forum, speaks on stage at 2016 Many Faces Of Mental Health Gala at The Pierre Hotel in New York City on April 12, 2016.

The 2nd District includes all or parts of eight counties and stretches from suburban Philadelphia along the Delaware River in the west to the Atlantic Ocean in the east. Tuesday evening, the House Republican Conference announced via tweet that Van Drew had signed the petition.

She is the wife of Patrick J. Kennedy, who is the youngest son son of the late Ted Kennedy and therefore a nephew of former U.S. President John F. Kennedy who represented a Rhode Island congressional district from 1995 to 2011. He is the son of the late Senator Edward Kennedy of MA and nephew of the late President John F. Kennedy.

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