I Voted for Gary Johnson in 2012, But I’m Supporting Hillary Clinton This Year

I wrote in my book, No Hope: Why I Left the GOP (and You Should Too), that I voted for Gary Johnson in 2012. I did that because I couldn’t bring myself to vote for Mitt Romney. I know a lot of people are thinking of voting for Johnson this year because they can’t vote for Trump.

For many of those voters, they don’t see Hillary Clinton as an option because she’s always been their political enemy and they don’t think they can trust her. I wrote this piece about my journey to seeing that she is the best candidate for president, and I trust her. Here’s how I came to see I could trust her by trying to put myself in her shoes:

The final part of my Clinton evolution was more personal. It was when I realized that she’s a good person with honorable intentions. I did that by trying to put myself in her shoes. It wasn’t very hard to do because, like Clinton but on a much smaller scale, I’ve been attacked by political enemies during most of my career. As an openly gay former Republican activist, I’ve been attacked by the anti-gay segment of the right who aren’t tolerant of gays, and by some LGBT people on the left who have called me a traitor to the cause.

Political attacks are part of the business and I let most of them roll off my back, but the ones that actually hurt my feelings are the ones that question my motives or intentions. Those attacks often times allege that I do certain things or take a particular position in order to gain money or attention, or that I have a secret hidden agenda. The truth is, in everything I do, I just want to help people and make our country better.

That’s what motivates Hillary Clinton, too. By reflecting on my experience, I came to see that most of the attacks Hillary Clinton over the years have created a false narrative about her motives. That’s when I concluded that I could trust her. While there will be times when I disagree with her on specific policies, or question her strategies or tactics, I trust her because I know that she’ll do what she believes will help people and make our country better.

Please read my entire essay here. I hope that my perspective will help you in your presidential candidate decision making process this year.



Weed Your Garden

Little basil plant coming up in the garden.

Yesterday I was surveying the garden, checking on the progress of things I’ve planted this spring. I was so disappointed to see that the basil seeds I planted a few weeks ago didn’t appear to have germinated. I only saw one little plant coming up. I planted a lot more seeds than that!

There was a ton of weeds and grass growing in that little corner of the garden. I decided that I would pull the weeds and clean up that space so that I could plant some more basil seeds. Maybe I had just sowed the other seeds too early, I thought.

After I got down on the ground and started cleaning out the weeds and grass, I could see that there were more little basil plants coming up than I thought. There were ten of them! I just didn’t see them all because of all the weeds and grass growing around them.  Continue reading “Weed Your Garden”

Facebook Love for No Hope

I recently connected (through social media) with a reader of my book, No Hope: Why I Left the GOP (and You Should Too). His name is Gavin Phillips, from Vancouver, Washington. He sent me a note on Facebook and said that No Hope was “one of the best books I have ever read!” He’s read it three times, and has given to his mom and friends to read, too!

He wrote a nice Facebook post about the book on March 14th. I just discovered it last night, and I wanted to share it here. It made my day! Here is what Gavin wrote:  Continue reading “Facebook Love for No Hope”

A Note From A Virtual Friend

I wanted to share a note I just received from someone I’ve never met. I don’t even know her last name. She and I recently connected on Twitter. This made my day!

I’ve started reading your book last night. I wanted to tell you that it’s touching and thought provoking. I will continue to read but wanted to pause and send you a virtual hug! I literally have a highlighter! Honestly, I have no expertise in politics. I didn’t know who you were prior to finding you on Twitter. I’m not gay and haven’t been a card carrying Republican nor Democrat. I have voted across parties. I can’t imagine the barriers and bigotry that you’ve faced and the immense effort that went into changing perceptions. My only relational experience is that of a woman in the tech industry and those struggles making it into a VP of international operations role. I’m now happily pursuing my dream of writing. You’re inspirational! Have a good day! Now I’ll get back to reading…

Well, that certainly turned my down day around! (I really needed to hear that today.)

Have you read my book, No Hope: Why I Left the GOP (and You Should Too)? Let me know what you think. I love to hear feedback. (Also, please go over to Amazon and give it some stars!)

***UPDATE*** I now know my virtual friend’s last name! Her name is Tammy Ray. Thanks for the kind words, Tammy.

Rethinking the Gun Culture

I hope that you will click over to Salon to read my latest post there. I also hope that you’ll read it and think about it before commenting!

We need to rethink our gun culture, and we need to recognize the political and cultural realizes around guns. Check out my take on it. (FYI – I didn’t write the headline!) –

Former GOP insider explains how politicians exploit gun culture: Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and the real reason why no one can talk sense about guns


I did something that I never thought I would do….well, in addition to supporting Hillary Clinton! I have committed to writing a regular recurring political column. I never thought I would do it because of the pressure of having to come up with something to write about on a regular basis, but this yearSalon the topics are plentiful! So, I said, “What the heck, I’ll do it.”

I am very excited to announce that you can find me over at Salon.com a couple of times a month! My first piece appeared there this morning. You can read it here.

I hope you’ll check out my all of my Salon posts this coming election year!