Former Democratic presidential and New York City mayoral candidate Andrew Yang said Monday he’s not a Democrat and has changed his registration to independent.
“I changed my voting registration from ‘Democrat’ to ‘Independent’ today,” Yang writes in the post on his website. “It was a strangely emotional experience.”
“Also, on a personal level, I’ll admit there has always been something of an odd fit between me and the Democratic Party,” Yang writes. “I’m not very ideological. I’m practical. Making partisan arguments – particularly expressing what I often see as performative sentiment – is sometimes uncomfortable for me. I often think, ‘Okay, what can we actually do to solve the problem?’ I’m pretty sure there are others who feel the same way I do.”
“Please, keep in mind that I am NOT suggesting that you also change your voter registration to Independent, as I have done,” he writes. “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.”
Yang is creating a third party called “The Forward Party.”