Delaware’s Coalition of Radical Left Adds More State Lawmakers
Alexandria, VA—Delaware is home to five more members of the Coalition of the Radical Left, as seven lawmakers earned conservative scores of 10% or below, up from just two lawmakers in the previous session. Only one lawmaker, Rep. Richard Collins, qualified as a conservative, according to the just-released ratings of the 2019 session published by The American Conservative Union Foundation (ACUF), host of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).
The state’s overall conservative score fell nearly five points (from 37.17% to 32.46%) while lawmakers of both parties turned in scores for 2019 below their lifetime averages (4.55% average decline). This new leftward trend follows the election of three representatives who replaced more moderate Democrats, either by primary challenge or retirement. In each instance, the incoming freshman earned a more liberal score than their predecessor by 8 points or more.
“Delaware is encountering dangerous territory as more state lawmakers have demonstrated they are susceptible to socialist ideas that erode our constitutional principles,” said ACU Chairman Matt Schlapp. “In 2019 alone, the socialist policies enacted by once-moderate Democrats have resulted in higher health insurance costs, weakened election integrity and a loss of individual liberties. Things have gotten so bad in the General Assembly that one might wonder if Joe Biden had left his basement to lead the Democratic Caucus.”
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