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State Sen. Declan O'Scanlon (R-Little Silver). Photo by Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe

O’Scanlon: Van Drew voting record solid

Up to district’s Republicans to decide what to do if Van Drew defects, senator says

By Nikita Biryukov, December 09 2019 4:43 pm

State Sen. Declan O’Scanlon thinks Rep. Jeff Van Drew’s voting record makes him a good fit for the Republican party, but he thinks the South Jersey GOP should decide on whether to accept Van Drew if he defects from the Democratic party.

“My inclination is to say that the Republican party is open-minded to accepting anybody who comes to their senses and wants to join us,” O’Scanlon said. “But I don’t know the lay of the land the party down there in South Jersey, so I don’t want to speak for them.”

Over recent weeks, Van Drew has faced an increasing amount of pressure to change his stance on impeachment from his district’s Democrats.

The right-of-center Democrat has so far opposed impeachment. He was one of only two Democratic House members to vote against a resolution establishing procedures for the public-facing portion of the impeachment against President Donald Trump in October.

He went further last week, telling CNN he would oppose all articles of impeachment drafted against the president.

While the congressman has made no indications that he’s looking to jump ship, some believe frustration among Democrats may cause him to defect.

To O’Scanlon, it might not be a bad fit.

“Certainly, if you look at Jeff’s voting record, it’s been sympathetic to Republican causes for a long time,” he said.

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