North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee becomes Republican

North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee announced Tuesday that he was leaving the Democratic Party and becoming a Republican, citing a shift towards socialism.

The mayor of Nevada’s third largest city commented on “Fox and Friends” on Tuesday morning.

“They recently had a leadership election in the Nevada Democratic Party, and four of the five people were card-bearing members of the Socialist Party,” Lee said. “It’s not the party I grew up with in this environment 25 years ago, and it’s not the party I can stand with anymore.”

Lee was referring to the recent election to the leadership of the Nevada State Democratic Party, in which a list of candidates affiliated with the Democratic Socialists of America was elected to most leadership positions in the party.

“The working class, the working men and women of this country and the small business owners are no longer part of the conversation,” Lee said in an interview. “Everything has to do with the elitists and it has to do with the socialists. This is not the agenda I have in mind for this country or the future. “

Lee has been mentioned as a possible candidate for Nevada governor in 2022. He told the Review Journal last week that he was “approached by different people in both parties” to consider moving to the Republican Party and running a moderate candidacy.

“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,” said Lee.

Lee did not state in an interview with “Fox and Friends” whether he wanted to run for governor.

Owning his own small businesses, Lee has always been viewed as a Conservative Democrat while serving in the Nevada Convention and Senate. He was defeated in a unilateral election in 2012 by a progressive Democrat – Patricia Spearman. Lee won the election for mayor of North Las Vegas the following year.

When asked about President Joe Biden’s new jobs law, Lee replied in a typically Republican way: “We’ve had problems here in the West with COVID and the tourism, hospitality and gaming industries. But we are not in favor of extending the government to an even bigger and more intrusive life. That is not what we want in the West and we will no longer accept it. “

This is a developing story. Check for updates again.

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