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Republican Who Switched to Hillary Has Reportedly Made Career Out Of Such Moves

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By    |   Tuesday, 07 Jun 2016 04:25 PM

A Republican whom the Hillary Clinton campaign touted as having been convinced to publically endorse the Democratic candidate for the presidency actually has a long history of doing this before, the Washington Examiner reports.

According to the paper, the Clinton campaign said Rick Russman, a former New Hampshire state senator, made the endorsement after Clinton issued an impassioned appeal to dissatisfied Republicans to join her ranks due to the possible disastrous consequences of a Trump administration.

Indeed, soon after the speech, Russman wrote an editorial on Seacoastonline that declared he would vote for Clinton. "The vision of America that Donald Trump stands for is not my vision; and I will not endorse it simply because next to my name in the voter file is an 'R.' I join countless other Republicans across the country in rejecting a party candidate who stands for bigotry and fear."

Rassmussen included in his dramatic plea that "The fact that Donald Trump is now the presumptive Republican nominee should indeed scare us, because it means that my party no longer stands for small government or fiscal conservatism."

But, as the Washington Examiner points out, instead of this being an example of a die-hard ideological Republican finally realizing that his party no longer adheres to his values, Russman has a long history going back at least 12 years of making a career as a Republican that supports Democratic candidates who scarcely could be called in favor of small government.

Some of the examples are from local government, such as his help in defeating his Republican successor to his New Hampshire state legislature seat by supporting the Democratic challenger Maggie Hassan.

But it turns out that Hassan, who is now New Hampshire governor, is a proponent of big government. The New Hampshire Union Leader wrote an editorial describing her as someone who thinks "big government, fueled by precious taxpayer dollars, is still the answer, even when there isn't a problem in need of solving."

Some of the examples cited in the report are not only on the local level.

In the 2012 presidential campaign, Russman was part of a "Republicans for Obama group. His specific reason for going against his party was another case of preferring big government. Russman reportedly feared Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney would scale back stricter environmental regulations, which would certainly be in line with traditional GOP philosophy, but not Russman's, who was in favor of the heavier government intervention.

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