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Former Top GOP Official: Our Party Is Being Sucked Dry By Political 'Leeches'

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By    |   Wednesday, 17 Aug 2016 04:21 PM

A former senior strategist for the Republican Governors Association says the GOP is on the verge of implosion thanks to political "vultures" and "leeches" who are "personally enriching themselves at the expense of party and country."

"They identify angst and frustration, use it for their benefit, perpetuate it, and then continue to feed off the ever-growing anger," Matthew Gagnon writes in Wednesday’s Bangor Daily News.

Gagnon says the implosion began as the tea party grew, appealing to "people were sick of polished, career politicians, sick of being lied to, and sick of both parties fiddling while Rome burned."

"Conservative voters continually fall for the same trap. All one needs to do anymore is write an email that channels what you know to be the feelings of the grassroots — like oh, say, beating Paul Ryan — and the money will flow in," he says.

"Don’t worry, you don’t have to actually care about beating Paul Ryan or spend any money to do that. Just say so, it won’t matter.

"Now, having been abused for so long, a voter or activist is so despondent that they will respond to anyone or anything or promising to drain the swamp and destroy the system. And the leeches know it, and will continue to exploit it as long as we let them."

Gangon is now CEO of Maine Heritage Policy Center, a free-market policy think tank based in Portland, Maine.

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