HuffPo: Former Nv Lt Gov Leaves GOP:  It’s Too Tea-Party Orientated

By Nevada Democratic Party

The Huffington Post  |  By  Posted: 01/29/2014 2:34 pm EST  |  Updated: 01/29/2014 2:59 pm EST

Former Nevada Lieutenant Gov. Sue Wagner told the Reno Gazette-Journal that she has left the Republican Party because she thinks hardline conservatives have pushed the party too far to the right.

According to the paper's Tuesday report, Wagner -- who has also served as a state senator, assemblywoman, and gaming commissioner -- is now registered as a nonpartisan voter rather than as a Democrat.

"It’s grown so conservative and tea-party orientated and I just can't buy into that," Wagner said. "I've left the Republican Party and it's left me, at the same time."

Her action comes despite a long-time family connection to the party.

"I did it as a symbol, I guess, that I do not like the Republican Party and what they stand for today," Wagner told the paper. "I've been a Republican all my life. My dad was active [in the GOP] in the state of Maine where I was born. It was more of a moderate, liberal Republican Party."

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