Former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang has merged his Forward Party with two organizations founded by former Republican officials who say they’ll reject the two parties’ wings to stand on the middle ground.
According to The Hill:
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.)
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.
“I knew the country needed a new kind of party to help realign our politics and reverse the polarization that is tearing our country apart,” he wrote.
In a Wednesday op-ed in The Washington Post, Yang, Jolly and former Gov. (R-N.J.) Christine Todd Whitman said Forward will unite Americans.
“The United States badly needs a new political party — one that reflects the moderate, common-sense majority,” they wrote.
Calling themselves “Forwardists”, the movement has endorsed three candidates so far in the 2022 cycle. They are Steven Olikara, a Democrat running for the US Senate in Wisconsin; Larry Sharpe, a Libertarian running for Governor of New York; and Mathew Diemer, a Democrat running for the US House in Ohio.