'If This Is the New Normal, I Want No Part of It'

Iowa State Rep. Andy McKean leaving GOP, cites Trump as a big part of his reasoning
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 24, 2019 1:32 PM CDT
Iowa Rep. Andy McKean, right, the longest serving Republican in the Iowa Legislature says he's becoming a Democrat during a news conference at the Statehouse in Des Moines, Tuesday, April 23, 2019.   (AP Photo/David Pitt)

(Newser) – An Iowa lawmaker's exit from the Republican Party is making national headlines, largely because of his reasoning. State Rep. Andy McKean will register as a Democrat because he feels that "I need to be able to support the standard bearer of our party," and "unfortunately, that's something I'm unable to do," McKean said in reference to President Trump during a Tuesday news conference. McKean joined the Iowa House of Representatives in 1979 and has spent almost 29 of the following years in the legislature, making him Iowa's longest-serving Republican state lawmaker. He was harsh and detailed in his reasoning. Standout lines as reported by the Washington Post:

  • "Unacceptable behavior should be called out for what it is, and Americans of all parties should insist on something far better in the leader of their country and the free world."
  • "[Trump] sets, in my opinion, a poor example for the nation and particularly for our children by personally insulting, often in a crude and juvenile fashion, those who disagree with him, being a bully at a time when we're attempting to discourage bullying."

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