Another One Bites The Dust: Another Dem Switches Sides And Runs For The Right
Democrats have swung too far left this time and many voters are calling it quits. Like life long Democrat and former New York Police Chief La’Ron Singletary who is now running for Congress as a Republican. I “didn’t leave the Democratic Party, the Democratic Party left me" Singletary explained in his campaign ad.
“The demonization, the demoralization, and the defunding the police rhetoric from the Democratic Party, coupled with other ideologies the Democratic Party started to take on caused me to leave the party,” said Singletary, 42. “The Democratic Party was no longer the party that I knew it to be, and no longer the party of my parents.”
Once upon a time, switching teams would have been political suicide but given the state of things, it's the only thing that makes sense anymore. You either stand for law and order or not.
“We live in a country that allows us to change political parties if we no longer agree with the party’s beliefs,” he said. “When politicians put politics before people, it’s wrong.”
Singletary made national headlines two years ago when he stood up to now-ousted Democrat Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren, who was accused of mishandling the racially charged death of black man Daniel Prude and seemingly attempted to pin the blame on the police chief.
Singletary announced his resignation from his post on Sept. 8, 2020, and his entire command staff went with him, in a clear rebuke of Warren. The then-mayor fired Singletary after his resignation announcement.
“As a man of integrity, I will not sit idly by while outside entities attempt to destroy my character,” he said at the time.
Singletary later sued Warren and the City of Rochester for defamation of character, creating a hostile work environment, and wrongful and retaliatory termination. The episode, Singletary said, left him determined to serve the public on his own terms, according to DailyWire.
“My desire, my commitment, and my passion to serve has not wavered,” Singletary said, reflecting on the saga.
The lawsuit was settled in February, with Singletary being awarded $75,000 and the restoration of his health benefits.
“For me, it was about the principle of the matter and clearing my name,” he said. “You only have one reputation and when it’s under attack, you must stand up and fight, especially when you are right.”
In the filing against Warren and the city, Singletary said that he “repeatedly refused to lie for Mayor Warren,” adding that “pressure to support Mayor Warren’s narrative also came from other city officials.”
Trouble has followed Warren in the wake of the Prude incident, with the former mayor pleading guilty to a campaign finance crime and having her home the target of a drug raid.
Singletary, a lifelong Rochester resident, declined to comment on Warren’s troubles other than to note advice he’s given to countless young officers.
“I always told police recruits that we all have varying degrees of intelligence, it’s judgment that will land us in precarious situations,” he said.
Now that he’s switched parties, Singletary mused that the events of the last two years may have simply driven him to where he always belonged. He recalled growing up in a Democrat-identifying household, but one whose values seem a poor match for today’s version of the party.
“While growing up in a democratic household, I’ve always held conservative values,” he told The Daily Wire. “I grew up in the church and my parents ingrained in me that if you work hard, you can accomplish anything.”
It was Singletary’s father who encouraged him to pursue his love of police work at a young age.
“My brother was the athlete, so my dad bought him all the sports equipment there was,” Singletary said. “I wanted to be a cop, so my dad bought me a police radio from Radio Shack. I would ride my bike throughout city neighborhoods, scanner attached to my belt buckle, going from call-to-call. I would arrive on the call, watch the officers handle the situation from afar, and when they were done, walk up to them, introduce myself, and proceed to ask a ton of questions. It was the best thing in the world to me.”
I get that Singletary is just one of the thousands of lifers who are switching teams but I felt his story warranted some spotlight and I hope you agree. Personally, I know several people who are now ashamed to be affiliated with the Democratic party and I suspect many of you do as well.