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Republican Party spokesman quits, cites Trump as part of reason



The mouthpiece of the Republican Party of Florida is quitting, calling it a career opportunity "while avoiding efforts that support Donald Trump."

Wadi Gaitan, who has been the RPOF's communications director since May 2015, said he is leaving to pursue a job in Washington, D.C. with The LIBRE Initiative, a conservative leaning group that bills themselves as non-partisan Hispanic out reach group. The organization receives support from conservative industrialists the Koch brothers.

"I’m thankful for my almost two years with the Florida GOP, however, moving on gives me a great, new opportunity to continue promoting free market solutions while avoiding efforts that support Donald Trump," Gaitan told the Washington Post today.

Before working with the RPOF, Gaitan was the communications director for the campaign of U.S. Rep. Carlos Curbelo, R-Miami. And before that, the son of Honduran immigrants, was a press secretary for the U.S. House of Representatives Republican Conference.

In a statement to the rest of the media later, Gaitan did not mention Trump in his resignation, only citing the new job with The LIRBRE Initiative.

"As some of you may know, tomorrow is my last day with the Florida GOP," Gaitan said in a statement to other reporters. "It has been an exciting two years and I am grateful for the opportunity Chairman Blaise Ingoglia and the FL GOP team afforded me."

[Last modified: Monday, August 8, 2016 3:12pm]


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