Latest Defection: Rep. Scott Rigell (R-VA) Endorses Libertarian Candidate Gary Johnson

Rep. Scott Rigell (R-Va.) this week became the first Republican member of Congress to publicly support Libertarian Gary Johnson over GOP nominee Donald Trump.

The endorsement meant the retiring congressman had to resign from the Virginia Beach Republican Party, whose members are required to support the party nominee.

Rigell, whose says his congressional district includes more members of the military than any other, is the son of a Marine veteran who served in Iwo Jima. Rigell himself served in the Marine Corps Reserves and inspired his son and two nephews to become Marines. He said his service makes him particularly critical of Trump and spurred his support for Johnson, who he hopes will gain enough traction in the polls to participate in the presidential debates.

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