Nebraska GOP calls on state lawmaker to leave the party

John McCollister represents Nebraska Unicameral Dist. 20. (Nebraska Legislature)
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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 Hamilton 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 Trump's inflammatory comments about minorities.

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

Hamilton said 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.