Another Democrat has decided to abandon his own party by listing his party affiliation as “decline to state.”
State Senator Jacob Candelaria of New Mexico says he’s tired of partisan politics, adding that Democrats are fueled by the mere prospect of gaining more control and power instead of what’s actually most helpful to working Americans.
Attacking Democrats, Candelaria said bluntly, “Partisanship is a virus that’s ripping our country apart.”
“I’ll no longer be a part of it,” he added.
His decision comes as Democrats have pushed for a controversial new map of redistricting in the state.
Candelaria explained, “You would strip representation from people that I represent, many of whom are Hispanic, simply because it benefits you at the ballot box.”
“I don’t think anyone can look at the events of Jan. 6 or many of the unconstitutional acts of this governor and not conclude that this partisan virus is starting to affect who we are as a country.”
“I don’t think that the decisions we make should be based on partisan ambitions, and it broke my heart to see already that the Senate maps deliberately dilute and gerrymander the west side of Albuquerque to preserve perceived partisan advantage for some members of the Democratic Party,” he added.
NEW MEXICO. St Sen Jacob Candelaria (D) – a very vocal critic of Gov Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) – has quit the Democratic Party and become an Independent. https://t.co/ZrZUS8Gv3A
— Politics1.com (@Politics1com) December 7, 2021
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Candelaria is not the only Democrat to switch parties in 2021.
In November, Texas Representative Ryan Guillen announced he was leaving the Democratic Party to become a Republican.
In October, former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang left the party to officially become independent.
In April, North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee announced he had left the Democratic Party after a “socialist” takeover of the party in the state of Nevada and joined the Republican Party.
The Daily Wire previously reported on Lee’s party switch, stating:
Lee made the announcement on his campaign website and then joined Fox News’s “FOX & Friends” to discuss it, saying that the Democratic Party is run by “card-carrying socialists” in the state.
The Nevada Democratic Party “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.”