A Colorado Republican senator wrote a letter informing voters he will be changing his party registration to Democrat.
Kevin Priola posted Monday a letter on his Twitter personal account announcing that he would be changing political parties from Republican to Democrat.
After four terms in the Colorado House as a Republican and two in the Senate, this change is a result of his experience. Priola claims this change was initiated by the Jan. 6, attack and subsequent actions or lack thereof by his former party members.
“I cannot continue to be a part of a political party that is okay with a violent attempt to overturn a free and fair election and continues to peddle claims that the 2020 election was stolen,”Priola wrote.
He stated that he also felt the need for a switch because of the Republican party’s views on climate change.
“The Republican party I joined decades ago created national parks, preserved federal lands, and protected wildlife,”Priola. “Today my Republican colleagues would rather deny the existence of human-created climate change than take action.”
Although he stated that he supported his political affiliation changes, he also stressed that his stance regarding issues like abortion, school choice, gun laws, and other controversial topics remained the same.
“To be clear, I will not be changing the way I vote on legislation. I just will now cast my votes with a D next to my name instead of an R,”Priola.
Priola was able to recognize that his position differs from those of the other Democrats, but he still feels it. “there is too much at stake right now for Republicans to be in charge.”
Former Democratic member of Congress and current governor of Colorado Jared Polis welcomes the change, saying “Proud to welcome @KevinPriola to the Democratic Party. We are a broad tent party, always seeking good ideas from the left and right to move CO forward. Senator Priola is a strong leader on climate issues & will hopefully be even more effective on the Democratic side of the aisle,”In a recent Tweet.
Priola was also received by a Colorado House Democrat. Colorado Senate President Steve Fenberg Submitted, “Though we don’t see eye to eye on every issue, the Senate Democrats are excited to embrace Senator Priola’s leadership and diversity of thought into our caucus.”
Senator Fenberg has the following words to say about these issues: “just as Senator Priola’s views haven’t changed, our caucus’s principles haven’t either. Senate Democrats, with the leadership of Senator Gonzales’s Reproductive Health Equity Act, secured and protected a woman’s right to reproductive health care this year. We will continue to fight to ensure that a woman’s right to choose is uninhibited in Colorado.”
With Priola’s party switch, Democrats now hold a 21-14 majority over Republicans in the Colorado Senate, making it even more difficult for the GOP to regain control of the state’s Capitol in the upcoming election, According to HuffPost.