DENVER A moderate Republican state senator from Colorado has changed his party affiliation to the Democratic Party, improving that party’s chances of keeping control of the chamber in the November midterm elections. He cited concern over the Republican Party’s widespread embrace of 2020 election conspiracies in support of the decision.
Kevin Priola, who represents Adams County in the suburbs of Denver, said in a letter on Monday that he was shocked by the uprising on the U.S. Capitol on January 6 and had waited in vain for his party to denounce it as well as former President Donald Trump, who still maintains that it was stolen.
Priola stated that it never arrived. To my dismay, good Republicans who have bravely defended the Constitution and the rule of law, including Mike Pence, Liz Cheney, Mitt Romney, and Adam Kinzinger, have only encountered derision and threats.
I can no longer support a political party that condones a violent attempt to rig a democratic election and propagates the notion that the 2020 election was rigged, according to Priola.
There have been several claims that the presidential election was rigged that have been disproven.
The GOP has attacked former vice president Mike Pence for certifying the results of the 2020 presidential election in the hours following the uprising. Romney has been the target of Trump-supporting Republicans who are antagonistic to the Utah senator and who have mockingly dubbed their competitors Mitt Romney Republicans. A congressman from Illinois named Kinzinger has been one of Trump’s most ardent detractors. Cheney lost her Wyoming primary race for reelection to Congress to a Trump-backed challenger last week. Cheney is leading the probe into the uprising as vice chair of the 1/6 committee.
Priola is a state senator serving his second term and is not seeking reelection in November. But with Democrats currently having a majority of 21 to 14, his decision boosts the party’s chances of maintaining control of the chamber in the midterm elections. Of the 35 seats in the chamber, 17 are up for election this year.
Priola mentioned the GOP’s alleged disregard for climate change. He wrote, “Today, my Republican colleagues would prefer to take no action than to reject the existence of human-caused climate change.”
Priola frequently joins the Democrats in voting for legislation that addresses many causes, including climate change. He declared that while he will caucus with Senate Democrats, he will maintain his independence and fierce opposition to abortion.
Gov. Jared Polis and Democratic Senate President Steve Feinberg praised Priola’s choice. The state GOP reacted quickly, with Kristi Burton Brown, the party’s chair, accusing Priola in a statement of misleading his constituents and declaring: Priola will regret this mistake when he is in the minority come January 2023.