- The Washington Times - Monday, August 8, 2016

The chief spokesman for the Florida Republican Party is quitting his job because of his refusal to support the party’s presidential nominee, Donald Trump.

Wadi Gaitan, a former senior House Republican aide who focused on Hispanic affairs, will be joining the LIBRE Initiative, a grass-roots conservative organization backed by billionaires Charles and David Koch, The Washington Post reported.

“I’m thankful for my almost two years with the Florida GOP; however, moving on gives me a great, new opportunity to continue promoting free market solutions while avoiding efforts that support Donald Trump,” Mr. Gaitan said in a statement.

The LIBRE Initiative’s executive director, Daniel Garza, said Mr. Trump’s immigration policy and rhetoric has made his group’s outreach more difficult, The Post reported.

“Obviously, for us it’s no secret that we don’t feel either candidate is going to help us achieve the policy outcomes we want to achieve,” he told BuzzFeed. “But the fact that we were able to persuade Wadi Gaitan to join our team, we’re thrilled, the kid is a true talent, who is knowledgeable about federal and state policy and brings tremendous value to what we’re trying to get done.”

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