A sheriff in Smyth County, Va., who has twice been elected as a Democrat, has quit the party due to its “relentless attacks on law enforcement,” becoming the third sheriff in the state to do so, reports WJHL-TV.
“I am changing to the Republican Party because of the relentless attack on law enforcement by Democrats in Richmond and Washington,” Sheriff Chip Shuler said in a release.
“My deputies work hard to serve and protect the citizens of Smyth County. As sheriff, it has been difficult to watch my deputies try to move forward during this unprecedented assault on our profession. We (law enforcement) remain an honorable profession and should not be judged by the bad acts of a few. I have always been a conservative throughout my law enforcement career of 38 years.”
Shuler’s application to join the Republican Party was unanimously approved by the Smyth County Republican Committee.
“We are thrilled to have him as a member of the Republican Party,” said Smyth County Republican Party chairman Adam Tolbert, calling the move “bold.”
Buchanan County Sheriff John McClanahan and Tazewell County Sheriff Brian Hieatt also recently switched to the Republican Party.
“Law enforcement is taking a hit in this country,” McClanahan told the Bristol