AMITY >> Connor Kurtz, an elected Republican Party committeeman from Amity Township, announced Monday that he has resigned from his post, according to reports. Donald Trump’s Republican nomination for president was the catalyst for his resignation.
“It’s been a long time coming, ever since Donald Trump began to rise in the polls,” said Kurtz. “This is not a man that I am comfortable seeing elected as the next president. And I feel I have an obligation to myself, my country, and my party to see that he’s defeated this November.”
He says he would like to see the Republican Party return to being a party of ideas and principle, and that seems impossible under Trump’s leadership.
“On a personal level, I could not look myself in the mirror in the morning and think I am a part of an organization that is obligated to support this man,” said Kurtz.
He would like to see Trump overwhelmingly rejected this November by party, and by all Americans.
Trump is “a man fundamentally unfit to be commander-in-chief. I will not vote for a vulgarian who lies with impunity. I will not vote for a crook whose business bankruptcies are rivaled only by his moral bankruptcies. I will not vote for a big government New York liberal,” Kurtz wrote in the resignation letter he submitted to the Berks GOP chairman. “We don’t tolerate these qualities in Hillary Clinton and we shouldn’t tolerate them in Donald Trump.”
Kurtz is also calling on others to take a stand against the GOP nominee. He says the most effective way is to have conversations with friends and family.
“I believe that’s how politics should be conducted, through conversation — whether its in supermarkets, across the dinner table, via e-mail or phone, on Facebook or Twitter — that’s what it needs to come down to,” said Kurtz. “Just a groundswell of support for having a president who is aspirational and a president who builds people up instead of tearing them down – I think that’s important.”
Kurtz first made news in 2011, when, at the age of 18, he won a seat on the Daniel Boone Area School Board. He was re-elected in 2015 and has served as the board’s vice president since 2013.
“I hope a conservative leader of some type of stature will emerge so I can feel good about the person that I’m voting for in November.”