A longtime Jeb Bush adviser has served notice to the GOP that she is no longer a member due the rise of Donald Trump as the face of the Republican Party.
In a scathing letter read on CNN, Sally Bradshaw, who co-authored an RNC report showing what went wrong in the 2012 election said she would hold her nose and vote for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton if the election is close, stating, “This election cycle is a test.”
“As much as I don’t want another four years of Obama’s policies, I can’t look my children in the eye and tell them I voted for Donald Trump,” she wrote. “I can’t tell them to love their neighbor and treat others the way they wanted to be treated, and then vote for Donald Trump. I won’t do it.”
“But we are at a crossroads and have nominated a total narcissist — a misogynist — a bigot. This is a time when country has to take priority over political parties. Donald Trump cannot be elected president,” she wrote, noting his attack on the family of a war hero was the last straw. “Donald Trump belittled a woman who gave birth to a son who died fighting for the United States. If anything, that reinforced my decision to become an independent voter.”
“Every family who loses a loved one in service to our country or who has a family member who serves in the military should be honored, regardless of their political views. Vets and their family have more than earned the right to those views. Someone with the temperament to be president would understand and respect that.”
“If the race in Florida is close, I will vote for Hillary Clinton,” she continued. “That is a very difficult statement for me to make. I disagree with her on several important issues. I have worked to elect Republicans to national and statewide offices for the last 30 years. I have never voted for a Democrat for president, and I consider myself a conservative, a supporter of limited government, gun rights, free enterprise, equality of opportunity. I am pro-life. There are no other candidates who were serious contenders for the nomination that I would not have supported”
Bradshaw has long been an important foot-soldier in the Republican Party dating back to the presidency of George H.W. Bush.