WASHINGTON, DC – After we published a story reporting the Republican National Committee rated U.S. Senate candidate Rikin Mehta, of New Jersey as a “hard Democrat”. After our report, it appears a representative from the Rikin campaign reached out to the RNC to alert the party that he is no longer a Democrat and is now running as Republican for U.S. Senate against fellow “hard Democrat” Cory Booker.
Today, the RNC has updated its database to identify Rikin as a “weak Republican”, the lowest rating the party gives to Republican candidates.
North Jersey Democrats Rikin Mehta and Cory Booker were on top of the world just a few years ago. Booker was a rising star Democrat in the U.S. Senate and Mehta was a well-entrenched Obama Democrat working within the ex-Presidents USDA compliance department. Then, Donald Trump happened. Mehta recently jumped ship and registered himself as a Republican and put his name in as an opponent to his former ally, Cory Booker.
There’s just one problem, until this week, the Republican Party knew this and in the GOP candidate profile database, the party identified Mehta as a “Hard Democrat”. Screenshots published to the internet this week, which were confirmed as accurate, from the GOP Data Center show Mehta’s secret file that is on record at the RNC. Hirsh Singh, Mehta’s opponent in July, also has a record in the GOP database and clearly identified Singh as a “Hard Republican”.