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Senior Bush confidante leaves the GOP over Trump nomination

A longtime political adviser to former Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush who helped write the Republican Party's "autopsy" report after the 2012 elections is leaving the party and may vote for Hillary Clinton.

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Republican U.S. Presidential nominee Donald Trump attends a campaign event at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio August 1, 2016. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

A longtime political adviser to former Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush who helped write the Republican Party's "autopsy" report after the 2012 elections is leaving the party and may vote for Hillary Clinton.

Sally Bradshaw made the announcement in an interview with CNN, saying that despite decades of work on behalf of GOP candidates - most prominently Bush, the former Florida governor, and his father's 1988 presidential campaign - she might vote for Clinton, the Democratic presidential candidate, if the race in her home state of Florida is close.

Bradshaw told CNN in an email that the GOP is "at a crossroads and have nominated a total narcissist - a misogynist - a bigot."

"This is a time when country has to take priority over political parties. Donald Trump cannot be elected president," Bradshaw wrote.

"This election cycle is a test," she added in her email. "As much as I don't want another four years of Obama's policies, I can't look my children in the eye and tell them I voted for Donald Trump. I can't tell them to love their neighbor and treat others the way they wanted to be treated, and then vote for Donald Trump. I won't do it."

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Bradshaw was a top adviser to Jeb Bush's failed presidential bid, working especially on hiring staff and crafting his overall message. She's now essentially left the rough and tumble of politics and opened a bookstore in Tallahassee.

After the 2012 election, she was drafted by top RNC leaders to help co-write an after-action report to assess how the party suffered yet another White House loss. The report called for less of a focus on social issues and for party members to adopt a softer tone when discussing immigration and other issues of importance to minorities.

Widely heralded after its publication, the report has been essentially tossed aside in the years since and was widely dismissed by several of the party's presidential candidates this past year.

Bradshaw did not immediately return requests for comment.

 

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