LaHood leaves Democratic Party, ‘leftists have taken over’

Bexar County District Attorney Nico LaHood greets supporters after conceding to challenger Joe Gonzales. Photo: KTSA/Elizabeth Ruiz

SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) — Bexar County District Attorney Nico LaHood announced Tuesday that he is leaving the Democratic Party.

LaHood lost his reelection bid to Democratic Party primary challenger Joe Gonzales.

“The party has been hijacked,” the criminal district attorney told KTSA’s Jack Riccardi. “I’m not going to say the party left me… but it’s been hijacked.”

LaHood said a far-left faction within the party has taken over.  He noted that he feels contrasting opinions are no longer welcome within the party.

“The party has gone to a place where I’m not accepted in the party — they don’t want a Blue Dog Democrat,” LaHood stated.  “There’s a leftist ideology where if you don’t believe in group identity and group-think and if you disagree with any position that the party holds, they just shut you down.”

The outgoing prosecutor says the big tent party is no longer the big tent it says it is.

“I’m not saying that I was liberal, but a classical liberal is not a leftist and I refuse to interchange those two words,” LaHood explained.

The now-former Democrat says he has no plans to join another political party.

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