Peake, a restaurateur often considered a candidate for higher office, said he recognizes that uttering negative comments about his party’s nominee will alienate many in the GOP - and could be the “death blow” to his political future. But, he adds, he’s come to terms with that.
Here’s Peake’s manifesto:
The reality is that Donald Trump as our nominee makes me incredibly fearful for the future of our party. We have alienated Hispanics and African-Americans, both groups who would support us if we stuck to an agenda focused on jobs and the economy. We have made ourselves enemies of the gay community. And from discussions with my gay brother, many would support us, because many are moderate on social issues but fiscally conservative.
And millennials have written us off because of our stances on issues like medical marijuana and gay marriage. So, as a party, we are basically working ourselves toward extinction. And if we don't do some soul searching and make efforts to reach out to these groups, that's where we end up.
To remain a vibrant party, we have to stay focused on the core Republican principles - smaller government, less government intrusion on our lives, and more personal responsibility for individuals. If we remain true to those principles, we can, and will, remain a positive influence on our country for generations to come. That's my hope and my prayer for my party.
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