On Thursday, Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding switched political affiliation to the Republican Party.
Sheriff Wedding held a press conference at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, where his rumored switch from Democrat to Republican was confirmed.
Wedding was joined by Indiana Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch, and Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke, who joined the Vanderburgh County Sheriff in speaking at the podium.
Mayor Winnecke took to the podium first, and was met with applause, after saying, "we're here to publicly announce the worst-kept secret in a three-state area - that Dave Wedding is joining the Republican Party."
Sheriff Wedding spoke to the crowd on his decision to switch from blue to red.
"It's interesting that we see this glorious flag here..." said Sheriff Wedding. "the Democrats want to burn that thing every day."
"That's part of the reason why I said 'I can't tolerate that'," Wedding continued. "Burning our flag, the symbol of our country and our freedom, the greatest country in the world."
"In the left-wing, you can't say God," Wedding continued. "They can't say God in the Pledge of Allegiance... It's ridiculous. And I sit and watch this, I think, how can I even say, or be a part of idiots like that."
"I'm tired of seeing fires set in our streets, I'm tired of people defying God, our church, our police, our government, and everything we stand for," Sheriff Wedding went on to say. "You hard-working people, that have worked from the time you're young to now, you've become successful individuals, and they want to get on you for being successful. I don't believe in that."
"Defunding police seems to be the theme of the left-wing liberals," Sheriff Wedding continued. "By not supporting the rule of law, we see chaos like in Chicago, Portland, Seattle, - and instead of defunding the police, they should support funding the police during this time of civil unrest."
"I am glad to be joining the Republican Party, I think we have a lot of work to do - including winning the presidential election - because if not, we're in trouble," Wedding went on to say. "Your family's safety is important to me, and I took the Oath of Office to protect and serve, and will always make that my priority as sheriff."
When asked if the switch from Democrat to Republican had anything to do with a run at a new political position, Sheriff Wedding said he wasn't ruling it out, but that nothing would be definitive until he had finished his term as sheriff.