Chris Shays: Why I’m voting for Hillary Clinton

Published 7:00 AM EDT, Wed August 10, 2016

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Former Rep. Chris Shays says Donald Trump lost him long ago. He plans to vote for Hillary Clinton

Shays: I have strong conviction she'll be a good president, is smart, tough, willing to work with GOP to improve country

Editor’s Note: Christopher Shays was a Republican U.S. representative from Connecticut from 1987 to 2009. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

(CNN) —  

During the 34 years I served as a Republican elected official in Connecticut, 13 years in the State House of Representatives, and 21 years in Congress, I always voted for our Republican candidate for governor and our Republican candidate for president.

Always, but not this time.

Donald Trump lost me a long time ago.

Christopher Shays
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Christopher Shays

I know some want to stick it to the so-called establishment, reject the status quo, and they see Trump as their vehicle. And I know some Republicans dislike President Obama, and have such a strong dislike for Hillary Clinton, they are willing to vote for a man they know does not have the temperament, knowledge or experience to be president.

In fact, I think many Republicans know Donald Trump could cause great damage to our country and the world at large, and still plan to vote for him. But not me. He represents practically everything I was taught not to be, and everything my wife and I taught our daughter not to be.

Clinton, the Democratic candidate for president, will be getting my vote, not reluctantly, but with a strong conviction that she will be a good president.

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She has made some mistakes and I would love it if she had done some things differently. But this I know: Clinton does her homework, and she learns from her mistakes. She is smart, tough, highly knowledgeable and has shown she is genuinely willing to work with Republicans and anyone else to address the countless problems that confront our nation.

Clinton proved her worth in the Senate – and her willingness to reach out to others. I saw this firsthand as a Republican congressman from New England, and more personally as chairman of the National Security Committee of the Government Oversight Committee.