Sally Bradshaw: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Sally Bradshaw, 50, is a longtime Jeb Bush senior adviser, so her decision to leave the Republican party came as a surprise today. She said that she cant vote for Donald Trump and would even vote for Hillary Clinton if the race in Florida is close. She called Trump a “total narcissist,” a “misogynist” and a “bigot.”

Here is a look at Bradshaw and why she has decided to leave the GOP.

1. Trump’s Comments on Khizr Khan Was the Last Straw for Bradshaw

Bradshaw’s surprise decision came in an email interview with CNN on Monday. Bradshaw wrote that, even though she doesn’t want another four years of politics like President Barack Obama’s, she can’t bring herself to vote for Trump. She wrote:

As much as I don’t want another four years of (President Barack) Obama’s policies, I can’t look my children in the eye and tell them I voted for Donald Trump. I can’t tell them to love their neighbor and treat others the way they wanted to be treated, and then vote for Donald Trump. I won’t do it.

She also said that Trump’s criticism of Khazir and Ghazala Khan, whose son died in Iraq, was “despicable” and made her “sick to my stomach.” It “reinforced” her decision to became an independent. She told CNN:

Every family who loses a loved one in service to our country or who has a family member who serves in the military should be honored, regardless of their political views. Vets and their family have more than earned the right to those views. Someone with the temperament to be president would understand and respect that.

2. Bradshaw Ran Jeb Bush’s Unsuccessful 2016 Presidential Campaign

Bradshaw, who was Jeb Bush’s campaign manager and chief of staff while he was governor of Florida, has been a major figure in Bush’s political career. She is his “closest adviser for the entirety of my political career,” Bush said, reports the New York Times.

Bradshaw was born in Mississippi and breeds chickens with her husband, Paul, in Havana, Florida when she’s not working in politics. Bush was consulting with her even before he ultimately decided to run for the White House.

“She has been integral to the decision process I am currently going through right now,” Bush told the Times. “I hope your piece reflects the great character and value she has brought my efforts.”

Bush dropped out of the race in February, without winning a single delegate.

“She’s the Jeb Whisperer,” one Republican told Politico. “And in some respects he’s the Sally Whisperer.”

3. Bradshaw Started Working for the Bush Family on George H.W. Bush’s Presidential Campaign

Bradshaw has known the Bush family since the 1980s, when she interned in the Ronald Reagan White House. Right after she graduated from George Washington University with a political science degree, she was hired to work on the George H.W. Bush 1988 presidential campaign and stayed in the White House.

The Florida Times-Union reports that she then went to work for the Florida House Republican office before Jeb Bush decided to run for governor. His first attempt was unsuccessful, but he was finally elected in 1998. He served two terms, leaving office in 2007. She served as his chief of staff until 2001.

“[I] would never do anything political without her,” Jeb Bush told the Times-Union in 1999.

4. After Bush Dropped out, Bradshaw Decided to Open an Independent Bookstore

After Jeb Bush dropped out of the race, Bradshaw turned her attention to opening up an independent bookstore. It’s called the Midtown Reader in Tallahassee.

This has been a lifelong dream for Bradshaw.

“My hope is we really provide a safe haven for critical thinking,” Bradshaw told the Tallahassee Democrat. “I think independent bookstores are places where people can read and think before they speak, where book lovers can gather and celebrate the power of reading and learning.”

5. She Worked on Mitt Romney’s 2008 Presidential Campaign & Haley Barbour’s Exploratory Committee

According to the Miami Herald, Bradshaw worked on former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney’s unsuccessful 2008 presidential campaign. Like Jeb Bush’s campaign, that one ended early in February 2008.

Before the 2012 presidential election, Bradshaw worked for Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour, who considered a run for the White House. He ultimately decided in April 2011 that he would not run.

“We need a president who is not afraid to be bold. Haley is not afraid of speaking his mind,” Bradshaw said of Barbour.


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The issue isn’t how bad Clinton is. It’s about how bad Trump is. The implication of some who are disparaging of Bradshaw is that it is impossible for any Republican to be as bad a choice as Clinton, but sadly Trump is fitting this bill. I don’t understand all the people giving Trump a pass on his incompetence, dishonesty and frankly inability to be a part of ANY conversation. He couldn’t even let this family’s statements pass without complaining he was being slandered! Are you really prepared for a Trump presidency, with him embarrassing all of us in international negotiations? If so, fine. But don’t vote him in because of his opponent unless you are. I say Bradshaw did the right thing and showed she’s a thinking person and not a blind sheep like most.

Ric F

Ummm, NO!
The issue is that Hillary Clinton is the most corrupt person to ever get this close to the whitehouse. Further, if you are a true conservative you would NEVER vote for the opposite of everything you stand for.
This woman has been tied to the progressive right, not conservatives. She would have been a Bill Clinton Democrat back in 1992.
Hate Trump all you want, but please list the actual, real, scandals he has had in his 4 decades in the spotlight?
It’s amazing how he was the champion of the Democrats on giving minorities opportunities and was also in concert with the Clintons on immigration until he switched sides. His position on immigration didn’t change, Hillary’s handlers realized she needs to pander to illegals to get elected so hers did.
Any GOP member who ever suggests voting for Hillary was never a conservative.

L. Caputo

She couldn’t be a true Conservative/Republican and consider voting for Hillary Clinton and all her baggage. Never. Do we have a perfect candidate in Trump? No, but Jeb wasn’t perfect either and I wouldn’t vote for him. I’m a woman and a woman candidate isn’t first on my list but there are so many reasons not to put the Democrats in office again. The one reason to vote is to prevent Hillary from selecting Liberal Supreme Court Justices!! The country is gone with those selections. More need to rally to Trumps side and help him smooth out his rough edges. But, no way would I vote for Clinton ever. She has lied her way through her public life and if elected it will be one party rule for the future and our liberties are gone forever. Our children are the losers. No way to come back from that with all the unregistered Democrats waiting for their citizenship. The scales will never tip back.

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