Oklahoma Rep. Kendra HornKendra Suzanne HornVulnerable Democrats swing behind impeachment push Democratic group launches .5M in ads backing vulnerable Dems on drug prices How centrist Dems learned to stop worrying and love impeachment MORE (D) came out in support of President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrats secure fast-track to the floor for Canada-Mexico trade deal Mexican official says he’s ‘very satisfied’ with USMCA after recent concern More than 700 historians sign letter calling for House to impeach Trump MORE‘s impeachment on Tuesday, adding to a list of vulnerable Democrats backing the politically difficult vote.
“It is with a heavy heart, but with clarity of conviction that I have made my decision. The oath I took to protect and defend the Constitution requires a vote for impeachment. This is not a decision I came to lightly, but I must do my part to ensure our democracy remains strong,” Horn said in a statement.
Horn said she is “disappointed in lawmakers” on both sides of the aisle who “pre-judged the outcome” of the impeachment inquiry before hearing the facts.
But now that the inquiry has concluded, Horn said Congress “must act to protect our Constitution, the integrity of our elections, and our national security.”
“Our founders put in place checks and balances between three co-equal branches of government to ensure that no one is above the law. Allowing one branch or president to ignore our laws and Constitution would set a dangerous precedent,” Horn said.
Horn unseated a Republican in the 2018 midterms and faces a tough battle to win reelection next year.
New Jersey Rep. Mikie SherrillRebecca (Mikie) Michelle SherrillHillicon Valley: Amazon to challenge Pentagon cloud contract in court | State antitrust investigation into Google expands | Intel agencies no longer collecting location data without warrant Bipartisan bill to secure election tech advances to House floor Our commitment to veterans can help us lead for all Americans MORE, another first-term Democrat who unseated a Republican in 2018, also came out in support of impeachment on Tuesday.
“My military service taught me to put our country — not politics — first, and my time as a federal prosecutor taught me about the importance of the rule of law and of justice,” the former Navy helicopter pilot tweeted.
Democrats in swing districts, many of whom played a role in flipping control of the House with wins during the 2018 midterms, have been coming out in support of impeachment since the House Judiciary Committee advanced two articles last week.
So far, only one Democrat, long-time Rep. Collin PetersonCollin Clark PetersonGOP claims vindication, but Van Drew decision doesn’t spark defections Vulnerable Democrats signal support for impeachment articles this week Booker calls for Democrats to mobilize against Van Drew after party switch MORE (D-Minn.), has signaled he plans to vote against the articles in an expected House vote on Wednesday. He was one of only two Democrats to vote against the impeachment inquiry.
Freshman Rep. Jefferson Van Drew (N.J.), the other Democrat planning to vote against the inquiry, began signaling to staff and other members of his state’s delegation over the weekend that he plans to switch parties to the GOP in the coming days.