This is sad: Losing Jimmy LaSalvia

Jimmy LaSalvia — a conservative, a former GOP activist, former Log Cabin Republicans staffer, co-founder of GOProud, former leader of GOProud, etc. — has left the Republican Party.

As reported by the Washington Times:

“I am every bit as conservative as I’ve always been, but I just can’t bring myself to carry the Republican label any longer. You see, I just don’t agree with the big-government ‘conservatives’ who run the party now.”

“The other reason I am leaving is the tolerance of bigotry in the GOP. The current leadership lacks the courage to stand up to it — I’m not sure they ever will,” he said.

This is sad.  Jimmy is a friend of the Republican Party (and a friend of this blog).  Best of luck with life as an independent Jimmy, and I hope that the Republican Party is soon worthy of your return.

Also reporting:  Washington Times, Towleroad, Think Progress, San Diego Gay and Lesbian News, Miami Herald, Daily Caller, Bilerico, Daily Kos, etc.

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4 thoughts on “This is sad: Losing Jimmy LaSalvia

  1. Chris L.

    I can thoroughly understand his decision and his logic. I came to the same conclusion myself nearly 8 years ago for largely the same reasons—the big government “conservatives” characterized by likes of G.W. Bush and Tom DeLay, et.al, with their distasteful use of religion as a political tool. Then, of course, there are the nut jobs who may be in the numerical minority but who loudly taint the image of the party in a bad way, not to mention the disaster that is the GOP here in Virginia and which no amount of negative reinforcement is able to correct.
    A former Goldwater-Reagan Republican, I now label myself as a libertarian-leaning Independent.

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  2. Stephen Richer Post author

    Understood Chris. But there’s no viable Libertarian Party, and don’t you think change can be better wrought from the inside?

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  4. Chris L.

    Stephen, I’m not advocating a shift to the Libertarian Party; rather, a set of Independent candidacies in key statewide races and nationally. I have come to the conclusion that significant change within the GOP as a whole is virtually impossible—at least within the foreseeable future. What it would take to accomplish that change would be for some highly inspirational presidential candidate (a Reagan type perhaps) that would bring in a large number of people who have not recently been involved in GOP politics, thus creating a new coalition and a reconstitution of the party. Short of that happening, I see little chance for anything other than very marginal change. The hard-shell socons have a very tight grip on the internal party processes at the state and county levels of many key states, e.g., Texas and Virginia. That makes it virtually impossible for anyone with moderate or libertarian social views to advance no matter how conservative or traditional their views may be on economic and national security issues. But, more importantly, the leadership of the national and state parties are terrified of the small in number but highly vocal rigid socons who are quick to threaten “dire consequences” to any party leader, candidate, or office holder who opposes them.

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