GOP candidate who lost Ohio House race says she’s a Democrat

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A member of the Cuyahoga County Republican Party Central Committee who badly lost a race for an Ohio House seat has acknowledged she’s actually a Democrat and resigned from the committee to return to the Democratic Party.

Cassandra McDonald revealed her stance in an election night Facebook message with a photo of her at a campaign rally for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, ( ) reported. McDonald shared positive reflections on her own campaign experience and a prediction, writing: “This is the beginning of a very successful career in politics.”

She said she was persuaded to run as a Republican, felt minorities need more representation in that party and liked its values of creating opportunity and promoting accountability. She joined the GOP committee after the primary but resigned last week, alleging that local Republican Party leaders didn’t provide much financial backing for her campaign because she is black and didn’t support her because she refused to endorse now-President-elect Donald Trump.

A spokesman for the Cuyahoga County GOP said that McDonald apparently lied to party officials when she was added to the central committee. The local party is aware of only one reason for McDonald’s departure — her announcement about being a Democrat, spokesman Doug Magill said. He declined to comment on McDonald’s other allegations.


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