Republican congressional candidate Robert Patterson wants party switching Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-Dennis) to return a $2,000 campaign contribution from Rep. Adam Schiff (D-California).
Patterson describes Schiff, who was named today as the lead impeachment manager, as the “impeachment kingpin.”
“No pro-Trump Republican would ever take money from liberals like Adam Schiff, Cory Booker, and Steny Hoyer,” said Patterson. “South Jersey Republicans deserve to know what kind of Republican Van Drew wants to be. We deserve an answer: will Switcheroo Van Drew return the liberal money bankrolling his campaign?”
Van Drew accepted $28,000 from House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and is leadership PAC, according to Open Secrets, a website that monitors campaign contributions. He also accepted $8,000 from a Booker-affiliated PAC and had endorsed Booker for president before switching parties and backing President Donald Trump.
Patterson, a former Trump administration official, became a candidate for Congress in New Jersey’s 2nd district when Van Drew was still a Democrat. He has refused to exit the race.
Two other Republicans who were in the race prior to Van Drew’s party switch, David Richter and Brian Fitzherbert, are also continuing their campaigns.
Van Drew’s aide did not immediately respond to an 11:32 AM text message seeking comment.