Kurt Bardella has worked for Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe, Rep. Darrell Issa, and Rep. Brian Bilbray. He’s worked as the spokesman for the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. He’s worked for Breitbart. And after becoming a mainstay in conservative politics over the last decade, Bardella has become a Democrat.
Bardella, penned a scorching op-ed in USA Today, announcing he is leaving the Republican Party over their support of a “sexual predator who preys on teenagers” in Roy Moore.
Bardella, who left Breitbart after the site sided with then Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski after he manhandled Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields, explained that he became a Republican when the party, “led by President George W. Bush, was embracing the notion of ‘compassionate conservatism.’”
“I believed then, as I do now, that government can be an instrument of good that raises the welfare of the citizens it serves,” he said. “At the same time, I acknowledge that government is in need of checks and balances; that left to its own devices, it resists change, transparency and accountability.”
“I have spent the better part of my adult life working with and for Republicans at every level of government,” he wrote. “On Friday, March 11 at 2:00 p.m., after Breitbart refused to stand by Fields, I informed the organization that I would no longer be representing it as a spokesman. And so began a long period of self-reflection about my own political compass.”
Then he saw his former boss unite with the future president, and couldn’t believe what his party had become.
“I couldn’t understand how so many in the GOP could stand by, silently, as Donald Trump and Steve Bannon remade and redefined the Republican Party,” he said. “An unrelenting assault on the Constitution, the free press and freedom of expression while Republican ‘leaders’ do nothing. Ignoring legitimate issues about race relations in America, environmental policy, gun reform and equality to instead pander to a lunatic fringe that subscribes to an ideology of hate and fear.”
“This is not a party I want to be associated with any longer,” Bardella wrote. “This is not a party that is trustworthy enough to protect innocent children from sexual predators.”
“The embrace of Moore by the Republican Party’s top ‘leadership’ is all the proof you need to know that this is a party that no longer stands for anything,” he added. “I believe that the Democratic Party will do more to create equality in America than the Republican Party ever will.”
“I believe that the Democratic Party will do more to protect the freedoms guaranteed to us in the First Amendment than the Republican Party ever could,” he wrote. “I believe that the Democratic Party will do more to ensure the survival of our planet and its natural resources than the Republican Party ever would.”
“I am throwing in with the Democratic Party because at the end of the day, I believe its portrait of America is better than the one being painted by today’s Republican Party,” he concluded. “And I want to be a part of it.”