Andrew Yang breaks from the Democratic party, says it 'feels like the right thing to do'
Yang has been a registered Democrat since 1995 and later ran unsuccessfully for President and Mayor of New York City.
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Former Presidential candidate Andrew Yang announced on Monday that he has left the Democratic party, and has changed his voter registration to Independent.
According to Yang’s website, he believes that “no longer being a Democrat is the right thing.”
Yang has been a registered Democrat since 1995, and later ran unsuccessfully for president, and for mayor of New York City.
"Breaking up with the Democratic Party feels like the right thing to do because I believe I can have a greater impact this way," Yang said.
“Please, keep in mind that I am NOT suggesting that you also change your voter registration to Independent, as I have done. Doing so could disenfranchise you if you live in the 83% of the country that is very blue or very red. For this reason, I considered either not making this change or not talking about it,” he continued.
Yang didn’t give exact reasons as to why he left the Democratic party, and further called his situation “political homelessness.”
The one-time presidential hopeful did pointed to a few key reforms he would like to see, including open primaries and ranked-choice voting.
“Breaking up with the Democratic Party feels like the right thing to do because I believe I can have a greater impact this way,” Yang said.
Yang plans to launch a third political party, according to reports.