,A devout Republican commissioner in northwest Oregon says she can no longer stand by the party because of Trump’s “racist tactics” and changed her political affiliation to become a Democrat.
Lori Stegmann left a long explanation on her Facebook page on Wednesday for her sudden choice after spending her entire adult life as a conservative. She chronicled her love of conservative leaders over the years and her start in the U.S. as an orphan and immigrant from South Korea.
Stegmann explained to her constituents in Multnomah County, which encompasses Portland, that she didn’t want to leave the party but “it became impossible for me to stay.”
“I have not changed but the Republican party clearly has,” Stegmann said in her message. “There’s too much at stake in our country right now and we have to speak out. As a woman, a business owner, a mother, an immigrant, and a minority I cannot condone the misogyny, the racism, and the unethical and immoral behavior of the current administration.” (Read more)