The recent decision by Rep. Andy McKean to leave the Republican Party instills in me a little hope. He is a politician in the tradition of the former Gov. Robert Ray, a person who stood for the common good of the state and nation.

We now have a Republican Party attempting to alter our judicial nomination system, which has proven to be one of the best in the nation, promoting stun guns on college campuses, open carry of guns on school grounds and failure to adequately fund clean water initiatives so sorely needed. Not to mention the sulid support for Donald Trump from his party. We have Sen. Chuck Grassley, Sen. Joni Ernst, Gov. Kim Reynolds, Rep. Lee Hein and Sen. Dan Zumbach in lockstep with this man. Where is the decency we once had in the Republican Party?

It is time to call it like it is: Donald Trump is a pathological liar, a fraud and a person unfit to be President of the United States. It begs the question of why we don’t have more Republicans standing up against this man, his policies and his rhetoric.

Bernie Manternach


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