Yet another Democrat sheriff has quit the Virginia Democrat party and joined the Republicans, making this the third county sheriff to do so.
Smyth County Sheriff Chip Shuler has now joined Sheriff John McClanahan of Buchanan County, and Sheriff Brian Hieatt of Tazewell County by jumping to the GOP.
Sheriff Shuler made his switch two Mondays ago when he formally filed a membership application with the Smyth County Republican Committee and the application was promptly approved, as reported by local station WJHL.
“I am changing to the Republican Party because of the relentless attack on law enforcement by Democrats in Richmond and Washington. My deputies work hard to serve and protect the citizens of Smyth County,” Shuler when he made the switch a few weeks ago.
“As sheriff, it has been difficult to watch my deputies try to move forward during this unprecedented assault on our profession,” he added. “We remain an honorable profession and should not be judged by the bad acts of a few.”
Sheriffs McClanahan and Hieatt jumped ship last year.
“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,” McClanahan said last 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,” he continued.
Finally, Hieatt switched last July.
“After much prayer, thought and deliberation, I am giving my resignation for the Tazewell County Democratic Committee. I appreciate the friendships and support I have had through the years by being affiliated with this part,” he said last year.
“[H]owever, 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,” he said.
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