There are few things within this divisive political climate that would surprise me. However, I’ve just been pleasantly shocked, regarding a Democratic House member actually breaking ranks with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s illegal inquisition of President Trump.
Even more surprising the congressmen in question, come from my sanctuary state of New Jersey, governed by inept Governor Phil Murphy.
The lone wolf is Democratic Rep. Jeff Van Drew who acknowledged on Tuesday he hasn’t been supportive of impeachment. However, this lone wolf may soon have company.
Appearing on NBC News, Van Drew confided to a reporter “I would imagine that I’m not voting for it.”
Let’s be clear, the 66-year old transplanted New Yorker is one of those Democrats who represent a district that President Trump won in 2016, beating Clinton 51 to 46. However, to his credit (and perhaps his survival) he told Pelosi “numerous times” that he believes impeachment isn’t warranted at this point.
He also said he didn’t want to disenfranchise voters who supported the President, pragmatically stating that impeachment would also easily lose in the Republican-controlled Senate.
Van Drew currently represents New Jersey’s 2nd Congressional District told NBC News, “Everybody says, ‘Be on the right side of history’ — I think the right side of history is not to impeach.”
Noting that the best way to move forward is to allow voters to decide the 2020 election, exclaiming, “For God’s sake, it’s a year!”
Adding, “Impeachment, first of all, will fail because it’s not going to go through the Senate,” he continued. “So, at the end of the day, President Trump will still be the President…and he’ll still be the Republican candidate.”
Conservative pundit Ben Shapiro pointed out that Democratic Reps. Kendra Horn from Oklahoma, Joe Cunningham from South Carolina and Anthony Brindisi from New York, all flipped house seats within Republican districts, and remain extremely vulnerable if they tag on to Pelosi’s reckless gamble, in attempting a witch hunt impeachment for the sole purpose of attempting to drive the Presidents poll numbers down.
Van Drew is in the unenviable position of being praised by the President and his supporters, and vilified by fellow House Democrats and progressives, for “selling out.”
The Presidents tweet singling out Van Drew, no doubt enraged shifty Adam Schiff.
“We are going to have an Election very shortly.” Rep. Jeff Van Drew, Democrat of New Jersey Thank you. Just another Witch Hunt by Nancy Pelosi and the Do-Nothing Democrats!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2019
Several months ago the nation was introduced to the freshmen New Jersey congressmen when he appeared on Fox’s Tucker Carlson show. The sharply attired congressmen and former dentist was asked by Carlson regarding his maverick stance towards impeachment.
Carlson began the segment asking, “The easy thing would be to go along with your party’s leadership on this question but you are not. Why?”
Van Drew responds, “I have never been good at that, to begin with.’
Smiling he continues, “Just very briefly, people will say, you know, your job is to be a good Democrat or a good Republican and I keep emphasizing your responsibility and job is to be a good American. So I go with what I believe in my heart is right and in my brain.”
Adding, “The point is I really believe the more that we delve into this the more time we spend on it especially in a macro-level, the more we are not going to be able to spend time on these other issues that are important,” Van Drew continued. “And it’s not because we can’t walk and chew gum at the same time. Somebody brought that up. We can walk and chew gum. The problem is when we are this divided and this split and two political parties and all going on people are not going to work together.”
There’s little doubt that politics plays a hand in Van Drew’s decision, however, whether it’s to retain his seat or a principled move, this conservative is extremely grateful.