Third State Rep In a Month Ditches Democrats, Joins GOP

Louisiana state Rep. Jeremy LaCombe drew attention after he declared his exit from the Democrat Party, electing to now become a Republican.

PJ Media postulated that policies enacted by the Biden administration may be having a ripple effect on state politics.

A report from the New York Post published Monday revealed that the state lawmaker announced his switch from the Democrat Party to the GOP, joining another former Louisiana Democrat and a North Carolina representative who did the same.

WRAL reported that Rep. Tricia Cotham, the lawmaker from North Carolina, won an election for a deep-blue seat in the Charlotte area just five months before she jumped ship. The station also pointed out that Cotham has now brought the GOP to a supermajority in the House by one seat.

LaCombe’s switch is so recent that at the time of writing the article, an official Louisiana state government website lists him as a Democrat.

Some Democrats have expressed outrage over LaCombe’s decision, including a self-described ‘political blogger and influencer’ and Twitter user who calls herself “TabithaSpeaks.”

In a video shared and ostensibly uploaded by the same user, a woman can be seen complaining that LaCombe allegedly handed the Republicans a state House supermajority. She then charged that Republicans are running a scheme in which they intentionally run as Democrats in order to cover up for having no policies of their own.

The Post noted that these changes in party affiliations come amidst near-record low approval ratings for Joe Biden amount various demographics, such as women (43% now vs. 42% low), voters ages 45+ (41% vs. 39% low), suburban voters (41% vs. 39% low), rural voters (31% vs. 30% low) and Democrats (81% vs. 78% low). Biden also reportedly is only receiving 41% approval among suburban women, with the outlet also reporting that another survey concluded that a mere third of Americans think Biden deserves to retake the White House in 2024.

Other recent examples of former Democrats joining forces with the Republican Party include earlier this year in New Jersey, where East Hanover Mayor Joseph Pannullo along with all four members of the township council swapped their party affiliations. Pannullo explained the move was necessary in order to “best represent their constituents” and stressed that every call by his administration is made to prioritize “putting East Hanover first.”