Top New York fundraiser quits state GOP job over tax reform opposition

Steve Louro, a top Republican fundraiser from New York, quit his position as regional finance chairman for New York’s Republican Party because of his opposition to the GOP’s tax reform bill being considered by the U.S. Congress, according to a report Tuesday.

“The bill that’s going to get passed is not going to take care of the American people,” Louro told the New York Times. “It’s a disgrace. It’s going to hurt a lot of middle-class Republicans.”

Louro also said “the Republican Party took control of the government against all odds, and the bottom line is” they messed up. He ended that sentence with an expletive, the Times noted.

A handful of Republicans from states including New York and New Jersey have pushed back against the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the name of the Republican tax reform effort, because they are worried eliminating the state and local tax deduction will harm middle-class constituents.

Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., from Long Island, said he understood Louro’s concern with the bill and also opposes the tax bill as drafted.

“We can’t afford to be losing people like Steve Louro,” King told the New York Times.

Louro hosted an event in 2016 for President Trump at his home in Long Island and says he still supports Trump.

This post originally appeared on Washington Examiner


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