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President Donald Trump with Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-Dennis) in Wildwood, New Jersey on January 28, 2020.

Suleiman condemns Van Drew intention to oppose electoral college certification

By David Wildstein, December 30 2020 5:20 pm

An announcement today by Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-Dennis) that he will vote against the certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory was denounced today by a former ally, Atlantic County Democratic Chairman Michael Suleiman.

“As a political leader and a public policy professional, I rarely use overly-bombastic language to describe elected officials, but what guys like Jeff Van Drew and Josh Hawley are doing to our country is treasonous,” Suleiman said.  “Not only does this erode our democracy, but it establishes a frightening precedent where the losing political party will try to subvert the public and overturn the election results.”

Van Drew had spent 30 years in public office as a Democrat before switching parties in December 2019.

Prior to Van Drew’s flip, Suleiman had threatened to pull party support for his re-election campaign if he voted against the impeachment of President Donald Trump.

Van Drew’s decision to switch parties was largely influenced by a  view that he would likely lose a Democratic primary, with his only path to re-election as Republican.

Suleiman continues to be among Van Drew’s harshest critics.

“How can the United States, as the world’s superpower, promote freedom around the world when our own elected officials want to discard free and fair elections?” the county chairman asked.  “Enough of the polite language. We all have a patriotic duty to call out folks who are blatantly trying to turn our country into an oligarchy.”

The Press of Atlantic City was first to report Van Drew’s decision on his electoral college vote.

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