Louisiana state Rep. Jeremy LaCombe (R) became the third state representative to switch from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party.
Third Democrat Louisiana state Rep. Jeremy LaCombe leaves party, switches to Republican within a month.
— Sandy 🇺🇸 🇧🇻🇱🇺 (@SandyForLiberty) April 11, 2023
On April 11, 2023, the New York Post reported that LaCombe announced he was no longer a Democrat and would instead register as a Republican.
The New York Post said LaCombe’s decision to leave the Democratic Party is known. He is the second Louisiana representative to do so. In March 2023, state Rep. Francis Thompson (R) switched from Democrat to Republican, giving Republicans a majority in the Louisiana state House.
🎉 Feels like a fiesta. 🎉
Third politician leaves the Democrat Party & switches to Republican
“…he (Rep LaCombe) is now the second Louisiana Democrat in less than a month to switch party affiliations, and the third nationwide after another state lawmaker in North Carolina did… https://t.co/LAf1m2JqVe
— Carolina Castillo (@CaroCastilloCC) April 11, 2023
In April 2023, North Carolina state Rep. Tricia Cotham (R) switched from Democrat to Republican, giving Republicans a majority in the state House.
Thompson, Cotham, and LaCombe aren’t the only local politicians to leave the Democrat Party in 2023. In February 2023, PJ Media reported that East Hanover, New Jersey’s mayor, and the town’s council, switched to the Republican Party. The switch came when someone murdered a New Jersey Republican, and reports showed Democrats weaponizing the Department of Justice (DOJ).
The New York Post noted that the switches come as President Joe Biden faces low approval ratings. According to a Gallup poll, Biden’s overall approval rating is 40%, while his disapproval rating is 56%.
Over 65% of Americans disapprove of Biden’s handling of the economy. Regarding foreign affairs, 60% disagree with Biden’s actions, more than 50% of Americans took issue with Biden’s handling of environmental issues, and nearly 60% disapproved of Biden’s energy policies.
Among Democrats, Biden’s approval rating increased from 80-87% in February 2023, according to the poll. Independents gave Biden a 35% approval rating, while Republicans gave him a 3% approval rating.
“Biden continues to face challenges at home and abroad. Inflation remains stubbornly high, the banking crisis has further complicated the economic climate, and tensions with Russia, China and now Iran are high. His overall approval rating has remained steady at the same level since September, and his ratings on the economy and foreign affairs are weak,” the poll concluded.
The Pew Research Center reported that 65% of Americans disapprove of Democratic congressional leadership, while 68% approve of the job Republicans are doing in Congress.
Under Democratic leadership, gas prices soared to their highest levels, Russia invaded Ukraine, China flew a spy balloon over the U.S., and the national debt increased to $31 trillion. The midterm elections showed that more Americans want Republicans in Congress.