Legendary (or is it infamous?) ‘dirty trickster’ Roger Stone leaving Republican Party

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Via The Daily News:

Yes, the Original Dirty Trickster, that jackanape of the GOP, is hanging up his registration and moving over to… The Libertarian Party.

Stone tells me he decided to make the jump on Friday.

Florida, where Stone votes (and where I caught up with him at a Mitt Romney rally in Miami-Dade before the primary), “allows you to register as a Libertarian Party member. There are 25,000 of us. Yes, I have changed.”

Why?

“The GOP has become a party of big Government, big Business and social oppression. Romney? Yecccch,” he says. “Libertarians are for smaller government, less spending, cutting debt, ending the war in Afghanistan, pro-choice, pro-gay marriage equality and pro-marijuana legalization.”

In case you’re wondering, Stone voted for Ron Paul in the Florida primary, but plans to cast his ballot for Gary Johnson, the former Republican governor of New Mexico.

And as to whether this party switch makes it a little awkward to be running around with a giant portrait of Richard Nixon famously inked on his back, “I guess it’s like having a tattoo of an ex-girlfriend,” he says. “I’ll live with it.”

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