Rep. Jeff Van Drew switched parties because he knew he would lose the a primary, according to Cape May Democratic County Chairman Brendan Sciarra.
“You simply can’t put the interests of Donald Trump ahead of the values of your party,” Sciarra said. “Voting against the impeachment inquiry was the tipping point that ended his standing with Democrats.”
Sciarra acknowledged that Van Drew has always been out of step with most Democrats.
“Democrats cringe at his opposition to sensible gun control laws, same sex marriage and raising the living wages of working people,” the county chairman said.
According to Sciarra, Van Drew’s flip to the GOP will energize the Democratic base in New Jersey’s 2nd district.
“People are angry. After all the years of hard-work and modest donations from regular people, Van Drew has turned his back to advance the Trump agenda,” Sciarra said. “I expect this anger to ignite voter enthusiasm. It will bring democrats and independents from all political spectrums together to end the divisiveness that is tearing our country apart.”
Sciarra also doesn’t think that Trump will win the district by five points, as he did against Hillary Clinton in 2016.
“The Trump factor that Van Drew is relying on isn’t as strong as he anticipates,” Sciarra said. “Trump only won the district by 5 points when Obama won it by eight. I suspect Trump won’t fare so well in 2020.”