With President Donald Trump looking on, Democrat-turned-Republican Rep. Jeff Van Drew speaks at a Wildwood, New Jersey rally on Tuesday. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
WILDWOOD, N.J. – Prompted by President Donald Trump, the cheers for freshly minted Republican Rep. Jeff Van Drew at a rally here on Tuesday night were deafening. It appeared certain that the thousands who had come to see the president were fully embracing Van Drew, who is up for reelection this year.
But outside the 7,500-seat Wildwood Convention Center, some Republican voters remained skeptical of Van Drew’s conservative bonafides. Yes,he had switched parties after winning a seat in Congress as a Democrat in 2018. Yes, he had pledged his “undying loyalty” to Trump. And yes, he had voted against the impeachment inquiry that Trump has derided as a “hoax.”