Nebraska GOP calls on state lawmaker to leave the party

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FILE–In this April 11, 2017, file photo, Neb. state Sen. John McCollister of Omaha gestures during a debate on the Senate floor in Lincoln, Neb. McCollister, a Republican, has blasted his party for “enabling white supremacy in our country” and calling on the state’s all-GOP congressional delegation to speak out against President Donald Trump’s inflammatory comments about minorities. McCollister, a moderate Republican made the comments on Twitter late Sunday, in response to weekend mass shootings in Ohio and Texas that left 29 dead. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Republican Party is calling on a state senator to leave the party and re-register as a Democrat after the lawmaker accused GOP officials of “enabling white supremacy in our country.”

Nebraska Republican Party Executive Director Ryan Horn said Monday that state Sen. John McCollister has been telegraphing for years that he has little in common with the GOP voters in his Omaha district.

The statement came after McCollister blasted the party for not speaking out against President Donald Trump’s inflammatory comments about minorities.

McCollister has said he doesn’t intend to switch parties.

Horn says McCollister’s voting record on guns, taxes and abortion runs counter to what most conservatives believe. In May, McCollister spoke at an abortion-rights rally at the Nebraska Capitol.

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