The Vanderburgh County Democratic Party (VCDP) on Thursday issued a statement, following Sheriff Dave Wedding's announcement that he was no longer a member of the Democratic Party.
The statement released by VCDP is titled "Democrats Not Surprised by Defection of Wedding and Looking Forward to Fresh Leadership," and reads as follows.
"While we are disappointed with Dave Wedding’s decision to leave the Democratic party, we are more disappointed with the reasoning he provided the community for his choice," the statement from VCDP begins.
"We are aware that there are many conversations regarding police reform on a national level. However, Sheriff Wedding knows that the Democratic majorities on the County Commissioners and City Council have been strongly and consistently supportive of local law enforcement," VCDP's statement continues.
The statement goes on, saying, "In contrast, he has always pointed out the Republican-controlled Vanderburgh County Council and Indiana State Legislature were responsible for the creation of budgetary restraints that made his job more difficult. His move to the Republican party after benefiting from years of Democratic support make his political opportunism all the more distasteful."
"Nevertheless, we as a Party look forward to building on last year’s success and welcoming a new wave of fresh leadership this fall, and re-electing proven leadership including County Councilman Mike Goebel, State Representative Ryan Hatfield, County Coroner Steve Lockyear, and County Commissioner Ben Shoulders; among many others," VCDP's statement concludes.