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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: GOP abandons its real candidates

- - Sunday, November 10, 2013

I've finally had it with the Republican Party. Their abandonment of Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli prior to the election on Tuesday was shameful and disgusting.

This election was a possible-to-win race — had Mr. Cuccinelli had the support of the national party and the Chamber of Commerce. I have voted for every Republican president since Eisenhower, but I am giving up my Republican registration for independent status. In the "People's Republic of Maryland," Republicans have almost no voice in Congress.

The Republican Party no longer speaks for me; it keeps shooting its own candidates. Newly re-elected New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is just another "Democrat lite." I don't want to vote for Mr. Christie for president. I wish some of our strong conservative leaders would band together and start a "Conservative Party" to compete in 2016. This would be a party that would come from Democrats, Republicans and independents who are all very unhappy with both of the current parties.

JANICE RUSS

Beltsville