“‘So daddy, is this how the political process works?'” said Higgins, recalling his son’s query one evening. “‘If you’re a member of the Republican Party, does that mean you have to vote Republican, even if you don’t agree with what the Republican is saying?'”
Higgins is CEO of a company called RSE Ventures, but he was press secretary when Rudy Giuliani was mayor of New York and was involved with fundraising for the McCain and Romney campaigns.
Now he’s part of a growing group of long-time Republicans, including Hewlett Packard executive Meg Whitman, former congressman Chris Shays, former congresswoman Connie Morella and members of the Bush and Reagan administrations like former Director of National Intelligence John Negroponte, saying not just “never Trump” but, “I guess I’m with her.”
On Wednesday, the Clinton campaign launched an initiative called “Together for America” but it might as well be called “Republicans for Hillary Clinton.” And in any other election year that would be an oxymoron. After all, Clinton has been enemy number one for many in the GOP since the 1990s. But this is anything but a normal election year.
Donald Trump has responded to the Republican defections by saying they are part of the establishment he is running against.
Higgins has a letter from George W. Bush hanging on his office wall, along with pictures from a trip he took to Israel in 2012 with GOP nominee Mitt Romney. But as the primaries heated up and his son asked about the 2016 GOP front-runner, Higgins said “I found myself differentiating. ‘Yeah, but. Yeah, but.'”