Wealthiest GOP Donor In Ohio Quits Party: ‘I Won’t Support This Nonsense Anymore’
In another blow for Republicans ahead of the midterm elections, the wealthiest supporter of the GOP in Ohio said Thursday that he is quitting the Republican Party.
“I just decided I’m no longer a Republican,” L Brands CEO Leslie Wexner said during a panel discussion at a leadership summit, according to The Columbus Dispatch.
Wexner, who said he’s been a Republican since college, added that he is now an independent, before saying that he “won’t support this nonsense in the Republican Party” anymore.
The stunning development came just a day after former President Obama slammed GOP lawmakers during a rally in Ohio for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Richard Cordray.
“What you’re seeing is Republicans in Congress who are bending over backward to try to shield and deflect oversight of this behavior and accountability and consequences,” Obama said.
“This is serious. You know it is. And frankly, even some of the Republicans know it is. They will say it, they just don’t do anything about it. … ‘we’ll put up with crazy’ in exchange for tax reform and deregulation,” Obama added.
Wexner called Obama’s visit to Ohio this week a “great moment for the community,” according to the Dispatch.
“I was struck by the genuineness of the man; his candor, humility and empathy for others,” Wexner said, according to the newspaper.
The billionaire CEO reportedly said in a speech that he was “ashamed” by Trump’s response to the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., that erupted in violence and led to the death of a 32-year-old woman.
The Ohio businessman, who has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to Republican candidates and groups over the years, is now writing notes to friends who are lawmakers and telling them that he’s no longer a member of the GOP, the Dispatch noted.
Wexner isn’t the only person to renounce their GOP affiliation this year. In August, Michael London, a former member of the Trumbull Town Council in Connecticut, announced he was leaving the party because it was “no longer the party that I believed in all these years.”
You can read the entire report here.