Leading California Republican Quits Party

The former Republican minority leader of the California state Assembly has left the GOP out of frustration with the direction his party has taken in recent years.

State Assemblyman Chad Mayes on Thursday filed to run for reelection as an independent with no party preference. Mayes said his decision came as he grew increasingly uncomfortable with the spiraling political discourse across the country.

“It’s something I’ve been giving quite a lot of thought to,” Mayes told The Sacramento Bee. “Really simply: It’s because of my frustration with the way our political system is working today. The political discord in the country is tearing us apart. Unfortunately, all politics is no longer local. It’s national.”

Mayes did not mention President Trump as a catalyst for his exit, but he has been critical of Trump in the past. In July, when Trump urged several Democratic congresswomen of color to “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came,” Mayes called Trump’s words “wrong and abhorrent.”

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