A new party founded by former Republican and Democrat politicians is distancing itself from the parties they left.
The new party will be called Forward and will be co-chaired by former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yanga and the former Republican governor of New Jersey Christine Whitman.
The party isn’t something that arose overnight but rather it’s a merger of three other political groups.
Those political groups are the renew American movement and the Serve America Movement.
Many critics of the new party believe it’s just a money grab to grab campaign donations.
The #ForwardParty is joining forces with @samforus and @RenewAmerica to form the biggest 3rd party by resources in the United States!! That’s right – the @Fwd_Party is now the biggest 3rd party org in the country – and we are just getting started! https://t.co/xI7hBzr56l
— Andrew Yang🧢⬆️🇺🇸 (@AndrewYang) July 27, 2022
Reuters had more on the story:
Dozens of former Republican and Democratic officials announced on Wednesday a new national political third party to appeal to millions of voters they say are dismayed with what they see as America’s dysfunctional two-party system.
The new party, called Forward and whose creation was first reported by Reuters, will initially be co-chaired by former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang and Christine Todd Whitman, the former Republican governor of New Jersey. They hope the party will become a viable alternative to the Republican and Democratic parties that dominate U. S. politics, founding members told Reuters.
Party leaders will hold a series of events in two dozen cities this autumn to roll out its platform and attract support. They will host an official launch in Houston on Sept. 24 and the party’s first national convention in a major U. S. city next summer.
The new party is being formed by a merger of three political groups that have emerged in recent years as a reaction to America’s increasingly polarized and gridlocked political system. The leaders cited a Gallup poll last year showing a record two-thirds of Americans believe a third party is needed.
The merger involves the Renew America Movement, formed in 2021 by dozens of former officials in the Republican administrations of Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush and Donald Trump; the Forward Party, founded by Yang, who left the Democratic Party in 2021 and became an independent; and the Serve America Movement, a group of Democrats, Republicans and independents whose executive director is former Republican congressman David Jolly.
Wow! Momentum builds. So glad the #Forward Party supports #FinalFiveVoting! Looking forward to working together to pass #FFV in states around the country–with D's, R's, and I's too! https://t.co/S4BJrukO58
— Katherine Gehl-Final Five Voting (@katherinegehl) July 28, 2022
The Hill dropped these details:
Former Democratic New York City mayoral candidate and presidential candidate Andrew Yang has joined forces with former Republicans, Democrats and independents on the Forward Party, Yang announced Wednesday.
The political party, initially formed in October, is now a merger of three organizations: Yang’s Forward Party, the Renew America Movement, consisting of former Republicans led by former Trump White House official Miles Taylor, and the Serve America Movement, made up of Democrats, independents and Republicans, and founded by former Rep. David Jolly (R-Fla.)
“Building a positive unifying third party movement is going to be difficult but is also exactly what millions of Americans have been waiting for,” Yang said in a statement to The Hill. “That’s why we will succeed.”
Forward Party leaders are billing it as the biggest third party in the country, saying it will reject political extremes and pursue common ground.
“Not Left. Not Right. Forward,” reads a slogan on the party’s website.
Yang, who left the Democratic party in October, echoed similar sentiments in his own announcement.