Three Virginia sheriffs have become Republicans and left the Democrat Party after far-left elements within it have been pushing to defund the police, which only 18% of voters support.
“Sheriff Chip Shuler of Smyth County, who was elected as a Democrat in 2015, was the most recent addition to the Republican Party,” The Center Square reported. “In 2015, Shuler was elected with slightly more than 59% of the vote and was re-elected in 2019 with slightly more than 60% of the vote. Smyth County is a mostly Republican district in which more than three-fourths of votes backed former President Donald Trump in the 2020 election.”
Shuler, who made the announcement last week, had his application unanimously approved by the local Republican Party and was welcomed into it by Smyth County Republican Party Chairman Adam Tolbert.
“I am changing to the Republican Party because of the relentless attack on law enforcement by Democrats in Richmond and Washington,” Shuler said. “My deputies work hard