Op-Ed: GOProud Founder Quits Party, Slams Its Leaders Over ‘Bigotry’
One of the founders of GOProud, a group for gay Republicans, quit the party on Tuesday. And in our discussion about why, Jimmy LaSalvia had some parting shots for Speaker John Boehner and party chairman Reince Priebus over their “tolerance of bigotry.”
“Reince Priebus, he talks a good game,” LaSalvia says, “but he doesn’t have the balls to do what it takes to actually change things.”
Way to go, Jimmy!
He and I have had interesting conversations over Facebook in the past couple years. I respect his conservative opinions; he respects my liberal ones. We don’t agree, but we can discuss them.
And he’s now switched to “No Party” affiliation rather than “Republican” — something I’ve been hoping for and laud him for.
We need reasonable conservative (and liberal!) voices in political discussion to find compromises that work best for all Americans, while still protecting their civil rights and liberties.
At least, I think so.
So, good on you, cuz — look forward to courteously disagreeing with you for years!