Brooklyn Council Member Ari Kagan switching to GOP, challenging Justin Brannan in 2023 general election


Brooklyn City Council Member Ari Kagan is apparently pulling the old switcheroo on the borough’s Democrats.

Kagan announced Monday that he’s switching political parties, from Democratic to Republican — and launching a general election bid against fellow Brooklyn Council Member Justin Brannan.

Kagan made the change official during a press conference on the City Hall steps Monday afternoon following a report from the New York Daily News on Sunday night. Standing shoulder-to-shoulder with the council’s other five Republican members, Kagan said he’d been contemplating switching over to the Republican Party for months because the Democrats have moved too far to the left.

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