Booker calls for Democrats to mobilize against Van Drew after party switch

Booker calls for Democrats to mobilize against Van Drew after party switch
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Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerSpeculation swirls around whether Bloomberg will make Las Vegas debate stage Conway: Trump is 'toying with everybody' by attacking Bloomberg for stop-and-frisk comments Democratic rivals sharpen attacks as Bloomberg rises MORE (D-N.J.) on Monday called on his followers to donate money in a bid to unseat Rep. Jefferson Van Drew (N.J.) after Van Drew announced over the weekend that he will switch his party affiliation from Democrat to Republican.  

“@VanDrewForNJ has put his re-election prospects ahead of his duty at a time of crisis in our country,” Booker tweeted. “Let's bring courageous leadership back to NJ-02—please donate to support his eventual Democratic challenger.”

Booker linked to an ActBlue fundraiser page for the eventual Democratic nominee in Van Drew’s Atlantic City-area district.

Van Drew, who endorsed Booker’s 2020 presidential bid, reportedly made the decision to switch parties after a Friday meeting with President TrumpDonald John TrumpRussian sanctions will boomerang States, cities rethink tax incentives after Amazon HQ2 backlash A Presidents Day perspective on the nature of a free press MORE. He has been one of the only House Democrats to vocally oppose the House’s impeachment inquiry, and was one of only two, along with Rep. Collin PetersonCollin Clark PetersonSenate votes to acquit Trump on articles of impeachment Biden leads 2020 pack in congressional endorsements The Hill's Morning Report - Dems to lay out impeachment case to senators next week MORE (Minn.), to vote against House impeachment rules.

After the report of Van Drew’s party switch, five aides, including his spokesperson, announced their resignation. Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) Chairwoman Rep. Cheri BustosCheryl (Cheri) Lea BustosHouse GOP campaign arm mocks Democrats after stumbling upon internal info on races Julián Castro endorses Rep. Cuellar's primary opponent in Texas Vulnerable Democrats fret over surging Sanders MORE (Ill.) tweeted a job offer from the DCCC to the aides Monday morning.