Leaving the Arizona Republican Party? Reconsider. We don’t have to be the party of Trump

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Opinion: The loud voices on the right and accompanying media narrative paint the GOP as the party of Trump. It misses a great deal of important nuance.

By Robert Gonzalez | The Arizona Republic

In the wake of the Arizona Republican party censuring Gov. Doug Ducey, former Sen. Jeff Flake and Cindy McCain – and reelecting Kelli Ward chairman of the state party – many Arizona Republicans find themselves questioning their political affiliations. Indeed, more than 10,000 Arizona Republicans left the party in January. Lifelong Republicans headed to the exits.

But before you go, I’ll ask you to reconsider.

The loud voices on the right and accompanying media narrative paint the GOP as the party of Trump, but miss a lot of nuance. We aren’t all election-result-denying, insurrection-endorsing, Trump-supporting extremists.

Most of us are hardworking, family-oriented folks still hanging on to basic conservative ideals. In Arizona, those ideals mean a desire for small government that allows individuals and their families to flourish, lowers taxes, reduces regulation and promotes growth. We may not be the loudest voices, but we are here.

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