State Rep Switches Parties After 40 Years Over Censure

Apr 5, 2024

Nebraska Sen. Mike McDonnell officially left the Democratic party Wednesday after 40 years and became a Republican after he was censured for his pro-life stance.

“I have asked the Democratic Party to respect my religious-based pro-life position. Instead over the last year, they have decided to punish me for being Pro-Life,” McDonnell wrote in a letter. His own party decided to censure McDonnell in March for his stance, saying he “adversely affected the reproductive rights of Nebraskans and the rights of transgender individuals in the state.” What transgenderism has to do with the lives of the unborn is unknown at this time, as no Democrat can explain the correlation.

“The State Democratic Party voted to censure me because I am Pro-Life,” he noted. “Being a Christian, a member of the Roman Catholic Church and Pro-Life is more important to me than being a registered Democrat. Today I am changing my party affiliation to Republican.” (LEARN MORE: Interview Suggests New Evidence On Voter Machine Issues In 2020)

Registered In 1984

McDonnell registered as a Democrat in 1984. He ran for his state in 2016 to see “how we could grow our state and reduce property taxes at the same time.” (LEARN MORE: The AP Finds 63% Doubt Biden’s Mental Capacity)

“I asked the Democratic Party of Douglas County to respect that I’m pro-life, that I’m a member of the Roman Catholic Church, and my beliefs are based on that. But Douglas County Democrats, instead of respecting that, they decided to punish it. … I continued to vote pro-life,” he continued. “This is not an easy decision. After 40 years of being a registered Democrat, having your grandfather tell you when you’re 10 years old, ‘What are we? We’re Irish, we’re Catholic, and we’re Democrats.’ That kind of stuck with me.”

Support From Republicans

“Over the last year, regardless of my decision switching parties, they have been so supportive. … We had great discussions about what the Republican Party is doing, where they’re trying to go, how I potentially could fit in there. But the greatest thing about [it] is now I can participate again,” he noted.

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