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A rising GOP star at 20, Aundré Bumgardner defects over Trump

On a difficult election night for Connecticut Republicans in 2014, Aundré Bumgardner was one of the bright spots, a 20-year-old black candidate whose election to the state House gave the GOP a jolt of youth and racial diversity. He was hailed by the Republican state chairman as “part of the next generation of leaders in our party.” Three years later, Bumgardner no longer is a member of the House or the Republican Party, unwilling to tolerate what he sees as President Trump’s intolerance. Continue Reading →

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