Long-Serving Iowa State Lawmaker Leaves GOP, Citing Trump’s ‘Poor Example for the Nation’

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Iowa state Rep. Andy McKean announced his decision to leave the GOP to join the Democratic Party on Tuesday, noting his move was influenced by President Donald Trump‘s “poor example for the nation.”

McKean, who is Iowa’s longest-serving Republican state representative, explained the reasoning for his decision in a press release from the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee.

“Upon returning to Des Moines after a 15-year hiatus, I found a very different place,” McKean said. “In addition, I found a very changed Republican Caucus,” he added, contrasting the differences of the party to when he was first elected in 1978.

McKean went on to affirm that the “increasingly uncomfortable” feeling he had with his former party was not only due to the political shift around Republicans, but also their support of Trump:

“I might have limped along attempting to work within my caucus for what I felt was best for the people I represent if it hadn’t been for another factor. I believe that is just a matter of time before our country pays a heavy price for President Trump’s reckless spending and short-signed financial policies, his erratic, destabilizing foreign policy, and his disregard for environmental concerns.”

The Iowa lawmaker delivered a speech on Tuesday to discuss his party switch.

“With the 2020 presidential election looming on the horizon, I feel, as a Republican, that I need to be able to support the standard bearer of our party,” McKean said. “Unfortunately, that is something I’m unable to do.”

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McKean continued to rebuke the president, calling Trump out for “bullying” his detractors.

“He sets, in my opinion, a poor example for the nation and particularly for our children by personally insulting, often in a crude and juvenile fashion, those who disagree with him,” McKean stated, according to The Hill.

The Iowa representative went on to argue that Trump is “being a bully at a time when we’re attempting to discourage bullying,” pointing out “his frequent disregard for the truth, and his willingness to ridicule or marginalize people for their appearances, ethnicity, or disability.”

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TOM
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If I lived in the 58th district in Iowa I would want a special election held to remove him from an office that he has gotten fraudulently.

Chrissy
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And you believe the Democrat party is not bullying, nor juvenile? I might respect if you went Independent, but the Democrats have been the cause of the country’s division since the election. The temper-tantrum kings/queens. Good luck, you chose the wrong time to jump ship. The country is watching.

I. Chin
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I agree. The Dims leverage their incestuous relationship with the media to be the ultimate bullies.

I’m not so sure that McKean is jumping ship so much as declaring his TRUE allegiance.

Speaking of quislings, McKean is suspiciously similar to McCain as a homonymic.

TOM
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+1

I. Chin
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Dude, you’ve been in Congress for 41 years. You’re probably tired of saying “well never” as you bent over for the Dims without lube AND you’re old. I’m not going to search but I’m guessing 70s.

Any legislation with your name attached? No. You were a seat-warmer.

Bye-bye you ineffective quisling.

James
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We had an identical seat warming Dimwit here in Florida for 46 YEARS. He submitted ONE Bill in his 46 years of being TOLD how he was to vote (“Party over People”) since it appeared he lacked the grey matter to think for himself. He has been booted and replaced by our former Governor Rick Scott (R-FL) who has done more since February than Senator “Useless” (D-FL) did in 46 years.

TOM
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I did research him. He is 69. His career has been in the Iowa House not the US House of Representatives.

I. Chin
Member

Thanks for clarifying. So…he’s spent 41 of his 69 years in politics. Not saying he’s an exception, but it’s extremely unlikely he was an over-achiever by the age of 28.

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