North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee Announces Switch to Republican Party

John J. Lee/City of North Las Vegas
John J. Lee/City of North Las Vegas

North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee said Tuesday that he is switching out of the Democrat Party and becoming a Republican due to what he says is the Democrats’ turn toward socialism.

“In the Democratic Party of Nevada, they had an election recently for leadership, and four of the five people were card-carrying members of the socialistic (sic) party,” Lee told Fox & Friends Tuesday morning. “It’s not the party that I grew up with 25 years ago in this environment, and it’s not the party that I can stand with anymore.”

Lee was referencing recent elections for Nevada State Democratic Party leadership, in which most of the candidates elected to the party’s top leadership posts were candidates affiliated with the Democratic Socialists of America.

“The working class, the working men and women of this country, and also the small business owners are not a part of the conversation anymore,” Lee said in the interview. “It all has to do with the elitists, and it has to do with the socialists. That is not the agenda that I have in mind for this country or the future.”

Lee, who was considered a conservative Democrat when he served as a state legislator, has been floated as a potential Nevada gubernatorial candidate for the 2022 elections, but he denied he is running.

“I’m flattered, but at this point, I’m still focused on some big projects in North Las Vegas, and I don’t want to be distracted,” Lee said.


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