A former Dem state assemblyman in New York has become the latest to leave the Democratic Party for its wholehearted embrace of extreme progressive policies.
Alec Brook-Krasny, who is running as a Republican for his old state assembly seat, told the NY Post that he changed his political connection after becoming angered with his former party’s liberal drift.
“I cannot believe everything that is happening in the Dem Party, all the demands to ‘defund the police,’ the ongoing cancel culture. It goes against my nature,” Brook-Krasny said during a new interview.
“Members of the Dem Party turned on the police — the people who gave safety to our constituents,” he added, reportedly referring to the city’s removing of cash bail for most offenses.
The new GOP also stressed that he is a strong backer of school choice. He said the Dem Party’s efforts to limit options for families is “un-American.”
Brook-Krasny wants to unseat Dem incumbent Mathylde Frontus in a district that after redistricting includes Brighton Beach, Coney Island, Bath Beach, and Dyker Heights.
The district is now one of several that have started to go more moderate as the Democratic Party’s liberal shift during the pandemic and the BLM riots. President Biden’s first-year failures have not done the party any favors, either.
“I think this is only the beginning,” he said. “I think we will witness a trend. I have tried but I don’t think I can change the Democrats from the inside, so it is time to fight them from the outside.”
The Post also reported that the GOP has won noteworthy elections in past months. One of them victories was won by another former Democrat, Inna Vernikov.
Vernikov — a newly elected GOP council member who beat Democrat Steven Saperstein by up to 30 points to win in November — said she also changed parties after realizing how terrible the Democrats’ policies were for her city.
“I was a registered Dem for a short time because I thought in order to impact the outcome of elections in NYC, you must be a Democrat,” Vernikov said to the Post.