Van Drew got just a prominent role in Trump’s re-election campaign

Posted May 23, 2020

President Donald Trump came to Wildwood in January and boosted party-switching Rep. Jeff Van Drew’s re-election chances.

Now Van Drew will try to help the president win a second term.

The first-term lawmaker became one of 22 House Republicans who will help raise money for the president’s re-election and the Republican National Committee. He is the only one from New Jersey and comes from a district that supported Trump four years earlier.

The House Congressional Captains program will be led by House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy of California, who joined Trump and Van Drew at the White House last December when the rookie congressman announced he was becoming a Republican.

Van Drew will be a co-captain. Others include House Republican Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana and Republican Conference Chairwoman Liz Cheney of Wyoming.

“Tapping into the expertise of our congressional leaders and deepening our nationwide volunteer fundraising effort is critical,” said Kimberly Guilfoyle, national chair of the Trump Victory Finance Committee, the joint fundraising committee for the campaign and the national party.

Van Drew had been one of only two House Democrats to vote against both articles of impeachment against Trump. But he still opposed the president 90 percent of the time during his time as a Democrat, according to Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight.

He is rated as a slight favorite for re-election this fall, but first faces a primary challenge from Bob Patterson, a former acting associate commissioner of the Social Security Administration under Trump, Two other Republicans dropped out of the race and endorsed Van Drew after Trump did.

On the Democratic side, Amy Kennedy, wife of former Rep. Patrick Kennedy, D-R.I.; Montclair State University political science professor Brigid Callahan Harrison; and Will Cunningham, a veteran congressional aide, are vying for their party’s nomination.

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