The Nevada Democratic Party was taken over recently by leaders backed by the state chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America and North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee has seen enough.
Appearing Tuesday on “Fox & Friends,” Lee announced he is leaving the Democratic Party and becoming a Republican.
“In the Democratic Party of Nevada, they had an election recently for leadership, and four of the five people were card-carrying members of the socialistic 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 that I can stand with anymore.”
After the NDP elections, the party’s executive director Alana Mounce resigned, along with the operations director, research director, finance director, and communications director.
The mayor took exception with the working class not being represented under current circumstances.
“The working class, the working men and women of this country and also the small business owners are not a part of the conversation anymore,” Lee said. “It all has to do with the elitists and it has to do with the socialists. That is not the agenda that I have in mind for this country or the future.”
Fox News co-host Steve Doocy asked Lee about President Biden remaking the federal government into a “gigantic, much bigger jobs program.”
“We’ve had issues out in the west here, with Covid and the tourism, hospitality and gaming industry,” the mayor replied. “But we are not for expanding the government to even bigger and more intrusive into our lives. That’s not what we want out west and we’re not going to accept it anymore.”
On the issue of Biden and the Democratic Party looking to raise taxes on corporations and couples making over $400,000 a year, Lee said that money is important.
“A lot of taxes are taking out of people’s pockets are taxes we kind of need to run our local governments and stuff, they’re not giving any opportunity about families saving for their future, for their children’s education,” he said. “It’s all about them and their socialistic values and that doesn’t work.”
Lee said while some were surprised by his decision, it’s was inevitable considering how the Democratic Party has evolved.
“When you’re a pro-life Democrat, a pro-gun Democrat and you’re very conservative person, that’s not really well known in the Democratic Party anymore,” he said. “And so for me to hang on as long as I did hoping the party would change — it didn’t, it got worse.”
“So therefore, I found a new place that I can put allegiance to and help once again — forget about the last eight years it’s the next four years that predict the future,” Lee added.
A small business owner, Lee has always been considered a conservative Democrat, the Las Vegas Review-Journal noted.
He is seen as a possible candidate for governor of Nevada in 2022, and Lee told the paper last week that he had been “approached by different people in both parties” to consider switching to the Republican Party and running as a moderate.
“I’m flattered, but at this point, I’m still focused on some big projects in North Las Vegas, and I don’t want to be distracted,” Lee said.
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