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Florida Republicans beg RNC to cut off support to Donald Trump



Several Republicans with ties to Florida have joined an open letter to Reince Priebus pleading with him to abandon RNC support for Donald Trump “and focus the entirety of the RNC’s available resources on preserving the GOP’s congressional majorities.”

“The signatories to this letter have been involved with Republican politics at the local, state, and national levels for more than three decades,” the letter reads. We believe that Donald Trump’s divisiveness, recklessness, incompetence, and record-breaking unpopularity risk turning this election into a Democratic landslide, and only the immediate shift of all available RNC resources to vulnerable Senate and House races will prevent the GOP from drowning with a Trump-emblazoned anchor around its neck.

People with Florida ties include Charles Badger, who worked for Jeb Bush’s presidential campaign; Tony DeSisto, a Tampa Republican who has been involved in Florida campaigns of John McCain and Marco Rubio and was a 2016 alternate delegate; Sarah Rumpf, the former political director for Orange County Young Republicans and a political blogger; Natalie Schmidt, an alternate delegate to 2016 GOP convention; and Rina Shah, a former staffer to Rep. Jeff Miller.

While not household names, they add to a lengthy list of anti-Trump Republicans.

The letter lists controversies Trump has generated and sounds the alarm about down ballot damage.

“Every dollar spent by the RNC on Donald Trump’s campaign is a dollar of donor money wasted on the losing effort of a candidate who has actively undermined the GOP at every turn. Rather than throwing good money after bad, the RNC should shift its strategy and its resources to convince voters not to give Hillary Clinton the ‘blank check’ of a Democrat-controlled Congress to advance her big government agenda.”

[Last modified: Thursday, August 18, 2016 9:11am]


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