Ohio's Wealthiest Republican Donor Quits the GOP. He Felt “Dirty” and “Ashamed”.

The good news is that Les Wexner, owner and CEO of L-Brands in Ohio, won’t be funding the GOP anymore….

The Columbus Dispatch

“After former Democratic President Barack Obama made a quiet stop in Columbus on Thursday night, the wealthiest Republican supporter in the state told a small audience at a Downtown event that he is fed up and has quit the Republican Party.

“I just decided I’m no longer a Republican,” said L Brands CEO Leslie H. Wexner, speaking during a panel discussion about civility at Miranova’s Ivory Room billed as a “Columbus Partnership and YPO Leadership Summit.”

“I’m an independent,” he said. “I won’t support this nonsense in the Republican Party. I’ve been a Republican since college, joined the Young Republican Club at Ohio State.


Wexner spoke warmly about Obama and about the theme of bipartisan civility, something he has been promoting in recent months. “It’s a great moment for the community,” he said of Obama’s rather secretive visit to Columbus before his Cleveland rally for Cordray. “I know he came here because of the Partnership and the things we have done, and the knowledge that civility is a priority for our community. He wanted to touch it and feel it for himself.

“I was struck by the genuineness of the man; his candor, humility and empathy for others,” Wexner said of Obama.

Those comments presented a stark contrast to Wexner’s comments about Republican President Donald Trump. A little over a year ago, the billionaire CEO said in a speech to L Brands employees that he felt “dirty” and “ashamed” following Trump’s response to violence that erupted at the Unite the Right rally that left one dead in Charlottesville in 2017.”

The bad news is that Wexner, who cut a $500,000 dollar check for Jeb Bush in the 2016 Republican Primary (campaign finance reform, anyone?) may start funding blue dog Democrats.

But on the whole I think it is a positive development as it may make some other GOP bigwigs think hard about their allegiance to the party that enables the Orange Menace.

Good call, Les.