North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee (D) says that he's joined the GOP and is leaving "elitist" and "socialist" Democrats in the dust.
What are the details?
Lee announced on Tuesday that he is leaving the Democratic Party and becoming a Republican.
He appeared Tuesday on "Fox & Friends," where he cited what he said are the party's "elitist" and "socialist" ways for his abrupt departure.
"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 [sic] party," he 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 any more."
According to the outlet, Lee was referring to elections for the Nevada State Democratic Party, "in which a slate of candidates affiliated with the Democratic Socialists of America were elected to most of the party's top leadership spots."
He added, "The working class, the working men and women of this country and also the small business owners are not a part of the conversation any more. It all has to do with the elitists and it all has to do with the socialists. That is not the agenda that I have in mind for this country or the future."
Lee concluded, "When you're a pro-life Democrat, a pro-gun Democrat, and you're a very conservative person, that's not really well known in the Democratic Party any more. 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 my allegiance to and help. Once again, forget about the last eight years. It's the next four years that predict the future."
Last week, Lee told the outlet that he'd been "approached by different people in both parties" to consider switching to the Republican Party and to run for Nevada governor 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," he said at the time.
On Tuesday, he tweeted, "Today, I switched political parties. The Democratic Party is broken. It's time to bring people together to get things done. It's time to stop shouting and start solving problems."
Today, I switched political parties. The Democratic Party is broken. It’s time to bring people together to get thin… https://t.co/VbM7WVKnf8— John Lee (@John Lee)1617716366.0
He also added a video of his announcement and in it, said, "This is Mayor John Lee. I just made the official announcement to the world that I am now a Republican. I'm very proud to be Republican, and I'm looking forward to working with the party to make sure we keep the values that my parents taught me and the values that you want for your children, and your grandchildren, and for some of you, your great-grandchildren."
Lee concluded, "Thank you for welcoming me, and I'm looking forward to working alongside of you to make America great again."
Following his announcement, the Nevada GOP responded, "Excited to have Mayor Lee join our party! He shares our values in protecting life, defending the 2nd amendment, and fighting for working families. You can update your voter registration here."
Excited to have Mayor Lee join our party! He shares our values in protecting life, defending the 2nd amendment, and… https://t.co/bPYQgZDsVf— Nevada GOP (@Nevada GOP)1617732100.0