A sheriff in Virginia has abandoned the Democrat Party and joined the GOP, citing constant demonization of law enforcement by leftists.
Smyth County Sheriff B.C. “Chip” Shuler became at least the third elected lawman in Southwest Virginia to ditch the Dems in favor of the Republican Party in the past year, according to WJHL.
“I am changing to the Republican Party because of the relentless attack on law enforcement by Democrats in Richmond and Washington,” Shuler explained in a statement. “My deputies work hard to serve and protect the citizens of Smyth County. As sheriff, it has been difficult to watch my deputies try to move forward during this unprecedented assault on our profession.”
“We (law enforcement) remain an honorable profession and should not be judged by the bad acts of a few. I have always been a conservative throughout my law enforcement career of 38 years.”
The Smyth County Republican Committee unanimously approved Sheriff Shuler’s application to join the party last month.
“I congratulate Sheriff Shuler on taking this bold move to leave the Democratic Party and join the Republican Party,” said local GOP chairman Adam Tolbert.
“We are thrilled to have him as a member of the Republican Party in Smyth County.”
Two other sheriffs from Southwest Virginia made the same party jump last year.
Tazewell County Sheriff Brian Hieatt was the first to switch teams in July of 2020.
“After much prayer, thought and deliberation, I am giving my resignation for the Tazewell County Democratic Committee,” Hieatt said at the time.
“I appreciate the friendships and support I have had through the years by being affiliated with this party; however, I feel the Democratic Party’s interests, especially on the state and national levels, have continued to rapidly go in the opposite direction of the beliefs that my wife and I share.”
Two months later, Buchanan County Sheriff John McClanahan followed suit.
“My career is a large part of my life and I consider it to be my calling. I have said it many times but the Democratic Party that we know today is no longer the party my grandfather was involved in,” Sheriff McClanahan said in a public statement in September.
“The ideologies of the party have shifted away from those traditional values. Currently, the Democratic Party is going against everything I stand for, pushing for defunding the police and the taking away of safeguards that have been put in place for us.”
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