North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee announced on Tuesday he has left the Democratic Party after an extreme leftist hostile takeover of the state’s Democrat party last month.
Lee claimed the party has been taken over by socialists and has now joined the Republican Party due to its focus on opportunity and freedom.
Nevada’s Democrats “had an election recently for leadership, and four of the five people were card carrying members of the Socialist Party,” Lee said. “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.”
The mayor warned Democrats have claimed an extremist agenda far different than the party’s past held. “Their ideas hurt working class families, restrict freedom, and extinguish opportunity for millions of Americans – particularly working class minorities who deserve the chance to give their families a better life,” Lee wrote.
Lee concluded his interview with Steve Doocy with the words, “When you’re a pro-life Democrat, a pro-gun Democrat, and you’re a very conservative person, that’s not really well known in the Democratic Party anymore. And so for me to hang on, as long as I did, hoping the party would change. It didn’t, it got worse.”
He added, “So therefore, I found a new place that I can put my allegiance to and help once again, forget about the last eight years. It’s the next four years that predict the future.”
The mayor’s switch stands as an important part of his new campaign. Lee’s focus on defending constitutional rights, battling the socialist insurgency and putting Nevadans first clearly defines his new GOP identity.
Lee stands among the first of candidates to leave the Democratic Party during Biden’s term, but he may not be the last. Other moderate Democrats may follow Lee’s lead as their party further pursues its radical legislative agenda.