One House Democrat is turning political heads by taking a strong stance against impeachment. This following several weeks of Democrats making their case in open hearings. Plus a number that were conducted behind closed doors.
Rep. Jeff Van Drew from New Jersey is adamant in his belief opposing fellow Democrats’ ongoing drive to impeach President Donald Trump.
The congressman also joined by Democratic Rep. Collin Peterson of Minnesota voting “nay” on the historic resolution. Van Drew had cautioned “be careful what you wish for” saying impeachment “is tearing the nation apart. … And I want to bring people together.”
Then stated, “I’ll look at new information that’s presented. I’ll always have an open mind. But where I am now is where I was before.”
In a letter obtained by the New Jersey Globe, [Atlantic County Democratic Chairman] Michael Suleiman told Van Drew that “a majority of my (county committee) members were very upset” with his vote against opening an impeachment inquiry five days before the 2019 general election.
“Candidly, it was a big distraction for my candidates and municipal leaders in Atlantic County during the tail end of the general election cycle,” Suleiman states.
Further adding, “Now that the 2019 election is over and the House seems poised to take action, I am imploring you to vote in favor of impeachment.”
As well as “I must touch on the political implications of a vote against impeachment on Atlantic County. Next year, as we are defending two Freeholder seats, a constitutional officer, and Democratic majorities in two municipalities, a ‘no’ vote on impeachment will suppress Democratic turnout down-ballot, which my organization cannot sustain.”
Suleiman wrote, “Atlantic County Democrats have a tough time as it is facing 100 years of ‘Boardwalk Empire;’ we cannot afford to have Democrats sit on their hands in a presidential year when we usually perform well.” While he proclaimed, “All of us should be on the right side of history during this very difficult time in our nation’s history.”
Along with, “Charlie Sandman lost the same seat that you hold for being on the wrong side of the Nixon impeachment, and I do not want to see our party face a similar fate.”
And concluded, “Voting for impeachment will undoubtedly hurt your standing with some Republican voters. However, as someone who has been in elected office for 30 years and has built up so much goodwill in South Jersey, I find it hard to believe that voters that have known you for decades will ditch you over one voted. If anyone has banked the political capital necessary to take a hard vote, it is you.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) just revealed that lower chamber Democrats will soon push for a presidential impeachment trial in the Senate.