Louis Wade Sullivan, the only African-American to serve as a cabinet secretary under former President George H. W. Bush, said Wednesday that he’s crossing party lines to endorse the Democratic nominee for president, Hillary Clinton.
by Nico Pitney
(Huff Post) – “I’m an American, and I’m concerned about my country,” Sullivan told The Huffington Post. “Though my enthusiasm for Hillary Clinton is somewhat tempered, I certainly believe she is an infinitely better choice for president than Donald Trump.”
Sullivan, who was health and human services secretary throughout Bush’s presidency, said he has not publicly supported a presidential candidate since he left his cabinet position in 1993.
He described himself as a lifelong moderate Republican, with the exception of a vote for John F. Kennedy in 1960. Sullivan was honored in 2014 at a Republican National Committee event saluting the party’s black trailblazers.
“She is an infinitely better choice for president than Donald Trump,” said former Health and Human Services Secretary Louis Sullivan.
Sullivan praised Clinton’s experience and temperament and shared a laundry list of concerns about GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, from his polarizing rhetoric to his unwillingness to release his tax returns.
“He has impressed me as someone who is unstable, who regularly changes his mind, who has not articulated a clear underpinning for the policies that he has espoused,” Sullivan said.
“I’m concerned about his attitude toward minorities,” he added. “His statements against Mexicans I find repulsive; the same of his statements toward Muslims and his ridicule of women. I want to have a president that I can be proud of.”
Sullivan joins two other GOP former cabinet secretaries and a host of other high-ranking Republicans from previous administrations in rejecting his own party’s nominee and supporting Clinton, though he does not plan to campaign or fundraise on her behalf.