Tom Coyne, a mayor in Ohio who left the Democratic Party last year to endorse Donald Trump for president was dealt a humiliating electoral defeat in Tuesday’s election.
Coyne lost by more than five percentage points to independent candidate Michael Gammella, a former city council president and United Auto Workers representative, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
The former Democrat made headlines in 2016 when he ditched the Democratic Party to back Trump’s candidacy. He has so far shown no remorse for his decision this year, and he even appeared at an October fundraiser in Cleveland alongside Donald Trump Jr.
Coyne told the Plain Dealer in a recent interview that Trump had done a lot to transform the GOP into a party representing blue-collar white people, which he claimed were the people he was trying to represent as mayor.
“What’s happening is the Republican Party is getting transformed like the old Reagan Democrats, and that’s who I represent,” he said.
Despite the fact that Brook Park’s population is overwhelmingly white, Coyne only received 38 percent of the vote on Tuesday.