Gay political activist Jimmy LaSalvia is having a loud and public breakup with the GOP.
Before announcing last week that he is leaving the Republican Party to become an independent –pointing to “tolerance of bigotry” within the GOP in his parting blog post – LaSalvia was a veteran GOP operative and activist, known for co-founding the conservative gay rights group GOProud.
LaSalvia sat down with “Top Line” to discuss his dramatic departure and explained that he has “no hope for the Republican Party.”
“No matter how good your autopsy … the changes the Republican Party is implementing really amount to nothing more than lipstick on a pig,” he said. “It was the Romney campaign that really got me to understand just how severe the problem is. … It's a culture of intolerance that I don't think any amount of messaging or policy changes can fix.”
Though LaSalvia still identifies as a conservative, he said he believes that the GOP is “out of touch with life in America today” and hasRead More »from Veteran gay conservative activist: "No hope for the Republican Party"