Co-Founder of GOProud Calls on Voters to Leave Both Parties

Jimmy LaSalvia

From Andrew Gripp at the Independent Voter Network:

Jimmy LaSalvia has always identified himself as a conservative, but in 2014, the influential consultant and party activist officially left the Republican Party. His memoir, No Hope: Why I Left the GOP (and You Should Too) recounts his history with the party, his frustration with its outmoded cultural attitudes and reflexive partisanship, and his fateful decision to finally switch his voter registration to “No Party.”

In an interview for IVN, LaSalvia explained that the purpose of his book, which is being released in stores and online Tuesday, is to provide a personal account of his experience of “trying to fit into our two-party system” so that others can relate to it.

Like many independents, LaSalvia started his political journey by joining one of the major parties. As a 21-year-old, he writes in his book, he attended the 1992 Republican National Convention. Despite knowing he was gay, he recalls cheering, “Family rights forever, gay rights never!” when Pat Buchanan delivered his famous culture war speech, because “that’s what everyone else was doing.”

GOProud supported Mitt Romney for president in 2012, hoping to have a working relationship with Romney if he had taken the White House. Yet, as LaSalvia writes, the Romney team was not a requiting partner: the campaign kept GOProud at a distance, and LaSalvia watched with dismay as Romney addressed a crowd at the late Jerry Falwell’s evangelical Liberty University – “the mother ship of the anti-gay industry.”

“I watched the speech on television and it was clear that he was with his people there at Liberty,” LaSalvia writes, “and his people didn’t like my people.”

By that November, LaSalvia had enough. Instead of supporting Mitt Romney, he voted for the Libertarian Party candidate, Gary Johnson.

Read the full article here.

10 thoughts on “Co-Founder of GOProud Calls on Voters to Leave Both Parties

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  2. Mark Axinn

    I believe he has.

    Jimmy was at the Gary Johnson event at the Players’ Club in Manhattan on Thursday evening.

    Nice guy; I met him for the first time and sat next to him that evening.

  3. paulie

    Hopefully that’s the case. Is he a libertarian on other social issues and foreign policy now or still just a gay rights advocate who is otherwise conservative?

  4. Mark Axinn

    I don’t know.

    Met him for an hour for the first time in my life at a small GJ event (about a dozen people).

  5. langa

    Is he a libertarian on other social issues and foreign policy now or still just a gay rights advocate who is otherwise conservative?

    That’s what I was wondering, too. Hopefully, if he’s not already libertarian, he will become more so, as he is exposed to libertarian ideas, and no longer feels the pressure to fit in with the GOP orthodoxy.

  6. Patricia de Chenier

    There are probably 100 “small L” libertarians for every registered member of the Libertarian Party. This isn’t the party’s time quite yet, but we’re getting closer. The Democrats can’t govern, and can’t let go of power. Same for the Republicans. So Mr. LaSalvia’s right.

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