Following a quiet Columbus visit from former Democratic President Barack Obama, local celeb entrepreneur Leslie Wexner has shed his Republican allegiance for a more neutral political affiliation.
The wealthiest Republican supporter in the state told a small audience at a downtown event that he is fed up with the GOP and declared his independence.
The Columbus Dispatch reports the L Brands CEO said he will no longer support the “nonsense” of the Republican Party.
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Wexner addressed his support for Obama’s theme of bipartisan civility and voiced his admiration for the former president’s genuineness, candor, humility and empathy.
Wexner has already begun putting his money where his mouth is.
In late 2017, Wexner made a $300,000 donation to a bipartisan organization that supports veterans for both parties running for office. It’s called With Honor.
His wife Abigail chipped in an additional $2.5 million to the same organization.