Scott Shackford Interviews GOProud Founder Jimmy LaSalvia About Leaving the Republican Party


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Most of Jimmy LaSalvia's political life and activism has been connected to the Republican Party and its conservatism. LaSalvia is also openly gay and founded GOProud, a "national organization of gay and straight Americans who seek to promote freedom by supporting free markets, limited government, and a respect for individual rights."

But at the age of 43, LaSalvia's days of calling himself a Republican are over. In mid-January, on his blog, he declared that he was leaving the party. Scott Shackford interviewed LaSalvia about his decision and his belief that the Republican Party's days are numbered.