The transfer presents the Republican Get together with a majority within the West Virginia State Senate.
“I’ve the best respect for the numerous buddies and supporters I’ve been blessed with throughout my time in public workplace,” Jeffries stated in an announcement, per Metro News. “I hope to proceed and strengthen these relationships going ahead.”
He continued: “Our politics have gotten so private and tough. I need to be sure that I serve constituents and our state in a respectful, considerate manner that results in a greater life for all West Virginians.”
Based on the outlet, the change was first introduced by the Putnam County Republican Government Committee, which welcomed the previous Democrat to the social gathering in an announcement.
“Senator Jeffries has confirmed himself to be a really arduous employee for Putnam County,” stated Tony Hodge, committee chairman and co-chairman of the state social gathering.
Attributing Jeffries’ resolution to discontentment together with his former social gathering, Hodge added: “Glenn described himself to me as a ‘conservative,’ and we agreed that his coverage efforts within the State Senate could be elevated if he joined the bulk Republican caucus. Glenn additionally expressed to me his discomfort with the leftward course of the Democratic Party and that he not identifies with them.”
Additional celebrating the transfer Thursday on Twitter, the Putnam County Republican Get together wrote: “Please be part of us in welcoming the most recent Republican Senator in West Virginia, former Democrat Glenn Jeffries of Putnam County!! Welcome aboard, Glenn!”
The West Virginia Democratic Get together, nevertheless, was much less celebratory in its response to the information.
“For Senator Jeffries to assert he doesn’t just like the course of the Democratic Get together, barely per week after his new social gathering’s de facto chief had dinner with a Holocaust denying white supremacist, is like being known as ugly by a frog,” stated Mike Pushkin, chair of the West Virginia Democratic Get together, in a Thursday statement.
Nick Fuentes, the “white supremacist” Pushkin referenced, had dinner at Mar-a-Lago with former President Trump and rapper Kanye “Ye” West final week. Following the dinner, Trump launched a statement denying any information of who Fuentes was.
“Kanye West very a lot wished to go to Mar-a-Lago,” Trump stated. “Our dinner assembly was supposed to be Kanye and me solely, however he arrived with a visitor whom I had by no means met and knew nothing about.”
Based on The Free Press, Fuentes echoed that rationalization on Nov. 25 on his podcast, stating, “I don’t assume he knew that I used to be me on the dinner.”
Puskin, nevertheless, appeared to equate Fuentes’ actions and opinions with these of the previous president in his Thursday assertion.
“Former President Trump’s dinner visitor, Nick Fuentes, infamously spoke at a far proper rally earlier this 12 months the place he urged the group to cheer for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and expressed his assist for Vladimir Putin by enthusiastically evaluating him to Adolf Hitler,” Pushkin stated.
Jeffries isn’t the one Democrat to defect from the social gathering in latest instances. In October, former presidential hopeful Tulsi Gabbard made waves when she announced she was not a Democrat. Although Gabbard didn’t go on to register with the Republican Get together, different former Democrats have made that change, together with New Jersey Sen. Jeff Van Drew in 2019 and former Georgia state Rep. Vernon Jones final 12 months.