Charleston, West Virginia is the home of a 4 time elected mayor and longtime 45 year Republican Danny Jones. In a stunning turn of events the longtime Republican has declared his intention to leave the Republican Party, register as an unaffiliated voter, and declared his support for the campaign of Gary Johnson for President.
From the Charleston Gazette Mail:
Jones announced Friday that he has switched his party registration to “unaffiliated.”
He pointed to multiple factors, specifically the social conservative bent of the West Virginia House of Delegates and the rise of Donald Trump as the party’s presidential nominee.
“For the first time in my life, I cannot support the Republican nominee for president,” Jones said, although he described himself as “not a Trump hater.”
The exodus of many Republicans either from the party, or turning away from Donald Trump is growing everyday. Leaders like Danny Jones are not the first, and will not be the last to vote their conscience and support somebody other than Donald Trump.
Jones said he had decided before his party switch to vote for Gary Johnson, the Libertarian Party candidate, for president.
“A whole lot of things make me uncomfortable about partisan politics, and I do not want to be identified with the political partisanship that is shaping so much of the debates nationally and in West Virginia,” Jones said. “I plan to complete my current term, and have no plans to run for any office ever again. I am not trying to pick a fight with anyone and, in fact, I am proud about how we’ve made so much progress in Charleston, where partisan politics has been non-existent in the 13-plus years I’ve been mayor.”
The domino will fall of elected Republicans declaring their support for Gary Johnson. Already major GOP leaders have either hinted or suggested that they might support the former Governor of New Mexico in his bid for the White House.