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Holden Culotta quit the Democratic Party, saying he never believed in the two-party system. Now a member of the Forward Party, Culotta calls for a radical change in the American political system.
Culotta is a 21-year-old college student from Connecticut. He said on “Fox & Friends” on Monday that the current political structure in America is unsustainable.
“A lot of the issues that people care about today, whether it’s immigration, gun rights, climate change, whatever it is, whatever your affiliation, Washington, D.C. don’t answer not your concerns,” he told host Ainsley Earhardt.
“They are focused on fighting the other side, and they don’t really have our interests at heart.”
Culotta joins a number of registered Democrats across the country who are distancing themselves from the party ahead of the 2022 midterm elections in November.
Florida Democrat Dave Kerner, a Palm Beach County commissioner, backed Republican Governor Ron DeSantis, calling him “America’s governor.”
Likewise, lifelong Democrat and New York City Councilman Robert Holden has thrown his support behind Republican gubernatorial candidate Lee Zeldin.
Holden called himself a “common-sense Democrat” and said he would vote for a Republican if he was a better fit for the job.
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Culotta, however, made it clear that the Republican and Democratic parties are not the problem. Rather, partisanship is blocking progress.
“The partisanship on both sides only pits the two sides against each other, and they are unable to do anything about it,” he said.
Culotta said he believed the Forward Party was addressing this issue.
Former presidential candidate Andrew Yang launched the Forward Party in 2021 to disrupt the two-party system and give Americans more choices in elections.
“The forward party is about voting reform,” he said. “Alaska and Maine have adopted preferential voting in recent years, changing the system by attacking partisanship itself.”
Preferential Voting is a system that allows voters to rank candidates based on their preferences and eliminates party separation on the ballot.
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While several states have adopted preferential voting in certain areas, Culotta said reform must be a priority.
“We need quite a drastic change before anything can work again,” he said.