The 13 members — including six state committee members, six members of the party, and Republican National Committee member Mark Willis — cited a long list of grievances that paved the way for their departure, in a letter obtained by the Bangor Daily News.
The letter, written on Sunday and addressed to Maine State GOP Secretary Chuck Mahaleris, declares that the “Republican Party has lost its way,” and highlights the former Republicans’ issues with congressional Republicans, Maine Republican legislators, the RNC, and the administration of Republican governor Paul LePage.
The group is angry with the “cowardly leadership of John Boehner,” and the “House Republican leadership’s utter disdain for the United States Constitution, specifically the Fourth Amendment,” and believes that the House did not try to “constrain the NSA to the boundaries of the Constitution.”
They also criticize Senate Republicans for their continuing “support” of “undeclared wars,” and claim that Senate Republicans are in support of “supplying arms to our ‘terrorist enemies.’”
According to the letter, Senate Republicans have also spent time passing “feel good” gun control legislation that “would do nothing to stop another Sandy Hook massacre, all the while restricting Second Amendment rights of law abiding American citizens.”
The ex-Republicans are also disappointed with Maine Republican legislators, who “failed to sustain” Governor LePage’s veto of their budget.
The unpopular GOP governor, known for his many absurd and inappropriate comments that include urging “Obama to go to hell” and telling the NAACP to “kiss my butt,” appears to be one of the biggest problems with the Republican Party, according to the group.