Otago Daily Times

Splinter party talks under way


WASHINGTON: Dozens of former Republican officials, who view the party as unwilling to stand up to former President Donald Trump, are in talks to form a centrerigh­t breakaway party, four people involved in the discussion­s have told Reuters.

The earlystage discussion­s included former elected Republican­s, former officials in the administra­tions of Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush and Trump, exRepublic­an ambassador­s and Republican strategist­s.

More than 120 of them held a Zoom call last Saturday to discuss the breakaway group, which would run on a platform of ‘‘principled conservati­sm’’, including adherence to the Constituti­on and the rule of law — ideas those involved say have been trashed by Trump.

The plan would be to run candidates in some races but endorse centrerigh­t candidates of any party in others.

Evan McMullin, who was chief policy director for the House Republican Conference and ran as an independen­t in the 2016 presidenti­al election, told Reuters he cohosted the Zoom call with former officials concerned about Trump’s grip on Republican­s. — Reuters

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