Jimmy LaSalvia, author of “No Hope” and political commentator who has bolted the Republican Party, declared his support for Clinton as “an independent voter and former GOP activist” in an op-ed for the Huffington Post.
“The ability to empathize with people who aren’t like they are is the most important trait a president can have in a country as diverse as ours,” LaSalvia writes. “Clinton is the only major contender who has demonstrated that ability.”
LaSalvia said he disagrees with Clinton on a number of issues, but “no free-thinking American agrees with their candidate on every issue.”
As a gay activist, LaSalvia said “any candidate who advocates treating some Americans differently under the law is unacceptable,” adding Clinton is the only candidate to fit that mold.
“I don’t support denying rights or granting special rights to anyone, for any reason, whether it’s based on their religion, race, sexual orientation, cultural background, or any other characteristic,” LaSalvia writes. “Freedom means freedom for everyone, no matter who you are. Hillary Clinton knows that and her policies reflect her understanding of that ultimate definition of America.”
The op-ed sharply contrasts with LaSalvia in 2012 when as executive director of GOProud, he called for the election of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney over President Obama.
“For far too long, the gay left in this country has been allowed to dictate what they believe qualify as ‘gay issues,’” LaSalvia said at the time. “We think that jobs, the economy, healthcare, retirement security and taxes are all ‘gay issues,’ and on every single one of those issues, Mitt Romney is light years better than President Obama.”
LaSalvia announced his departure from the Republican Party in 2014, saying the Republican has become inhospitable to LGBT people and his switched his voter registration to “no party.”
Dominic Lowell, LGBT liaison for the Clinton campaign, said via Twitter the endorsement from LaSalvia is welcome.
— Dominic Lowell (@dominiclowell) December 3, 2015