Roger J. Stone Jr, the celebrated political consultant, lobbyist, strategist, and youngest staffer on Richard Nixon’s 1972 re-election campaign, announced Wednesday that he quit the Republican Party. Stone – who is widely noted for his use of opposition research on behalf of Republican candidates – is now registered in his home state of Florida as a Libertarian.
As a lifelong Republican – having registered to vote the day he turned 18 – Stone has worked on the campaign staff of Republican candidates in twelve national Republican Presidential campaigns.
In his earliest and most famous role, Stone was the youngest campaign staffer on President Richard Nixon’s 1972 re-election committee, famously known as the Committee to Re-elect the President, or “CREEP,” as it has became known.
From the StoneZone, a clearly unhappy Stone explains why he left the Grand Old Party and changed his political affiliation.
On Mitt Romney, Stone shares:
“That the Republican Party can only produce Mitt Romney who was an independent during the Reagan-Bush years (and only converted to conservatism after serving one term as governor never intending to run for re-election while always planning to run for president), Newt Gingrich, a thrice married ego-maniac with delusions of grandeur and Rick Santorum, a religious fanatic, who would tell other people how to live, as presidential candidates proves the GOP may be going the way as the Whigs.”
A clear fan and supporter of Donald Trump, Stone explains:
“I fervently hoped that Donald Trump would run for president. Trump is a big thinker, with the kind of toughness and guile you need to be a successful negotiator and a successful president. While it is popular among elites to snicker at Trump his connection to average Americans and working people cannot be denied. As Neil Cavuto of Fox Business News said “No one draws ratings like Trump.”
In a final dig to his former party, Stone concludes:
“I voted for Ron Paul in the Florida Republican Primary in my last official act as a Republican. I leave the GOP with a heavy heart. Theodore Roosevelt left the party in 1912 and he came back. Ron Paul left the party in 1988 and he came back. I don’t think I will have the opportunity to come back. As the Republicans were to the Whigs in 1852, the Libertarians are to the Republicans.”
Like him or not, Roger Stone’s final goodbye to the Grand Old Party and fellow Republicans is definitely worth a read at www.StoneZone.com.