Chad Brown, the co-chair of Iowa’s Polk County Republican Party has resigned from the GOP and registered as an Independent. He wrote in his resignation letter that the GOP is “headed in the wrong direction”. He resigned on 5 August.
Brown cites Representative Steve King’s comments comparing undocumented immigrants to drug mules as one of the reasons why he was leaving the Party as well as the GOP’s positions on gun control and climate change.
In 2012, the Polk GOP lost Polk County by over 32,000 votes. Until 2002, Republicans were elected to the State House from Des Moines. In 2012, Republicans lost 2 State House seats in suburban, Republican-leaning districts and came two dozen votes from losing a third. Facts are stubborn things. I think we are now headed in the wrong direction on several fronts and regretfully must step aside.
It’s my opinion that rather than fix the problems that led to such a massive 2012 defeat, the GOP does not seem to seriously want to fix the issues. I think helping a dysfunctional Party that does not want to address its problems is enabling. I do not believe in enabling. I debated this for weeks and am certain this is the only course.
Brown is not the only one. Recently, stories have surfaced of a former Republican operative in Savannah Georgia who has left the Party after realizing that their opposition to Obamacare was going to cost people, including himself, money and lives. The man was a cancer survivor who could not get health insurance.
Various members of the Republican Party have faced vociferous backlashes from constituents who are tired of the GOP trying to get rid of Obamacare as they begin to understand what it does.