Republican Lawmaker – No, I will Not Be Voting for Trump or Cruz in November

UNITED STATES - APRIL 18: Rep. Richard Hanna, R-N.Y., attends a Joint Economic Committee hearing in Hart Building titled "The Fed at 100: Can Monetary Policy Close the Growth Gap and Promote a Sound Dollar." (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)  (CQ Roll Call via AP Images)
Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) (CQ Roll Call via AP Images)

He is brave enough to say in public what other Republicans say in private, that he will not be voting for Donald Trump or Ted Cruz in November. I expect Rep. Richard Hanna wouldn’t be the only Republican making this brave proclamation. There will be more.

When asked Tuesday by a local radio station whether he would support either man in the general election, Rep. Richard Hanna (R-N.Y.) laughed before replying, “I’m going to say this without equivocation: No.”

Hanna, who is retiring after the end of this year, has previously said he would never support Trump. But he’s not joining other establishment-minded Republicans — like Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) or 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney — in turning to Cruz as an alternative to Trump.

“Ted Cruz shut down the government. That’s his one accomplishment,” Hanna told WRVO, in reference to the 16-day shutdown in 2013.
“Do you really want these two men, one [Cruz] who said he would turn the Middle East to glass or another [Trump] who thinks it’s even rational to try to deport 11 million people, to build a wall and make the Mexicans pay for it?” Hanna added. “Ted Cruz wants to patrol Muslim neighborhoods. That’s downright Orwellian and ridiculous on its face.”

Hanna said his party seems unrecognizable in this year’s presidential primary campaign.