A longtime elected official in Oregon and lifelong Republican has switched parties after growing sick of witnessing what she described as the unconscionable “misogyny” and “racism” exhibited by President Donald Trump and his administration.
“I’ve spent my entire adult life affiliated with the Republican party,” wrote Multnomah County commissioner Lori Stegmann, 58, in a Facebook announcement on Wednesday. “It wasn’t a single act that led me to leave the party, but the repeated blows, one after the other that attacked the ideals of who I believe we are as a country and our democracy.”
“As a woman, a business owner, a mother, an immigrant, and a minority I cannot condone the misogyny, the racism, and the unethical and immoral behavior of the current administration,” she continued. “I fear for the safety of our country, for human rights, for women’s rights, the environment, and the uncertainty of our future.”
Stegmann, who was adopted by American parents as an infant from an orphanage in South Korea, is a small business owner and insurance agent who paid her own way through college and has balanced her work with political duties on the local and state scale for the past decade. Her decision to change parties after all this time, she acknowledged, posed significant political risk, but she said that remaining a Republican at this juncture would have required her to compromise her own personal beliefs.
“People need to see we’re all immigrants,” she told The Oregonian. “If you don’t stand for something, then you stand for nothing. I prefer to stand, and now I stand with the Democrats.”
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