GOP lawmaker voting for Libertarian Gary Johnson instead of Trump
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Republican Rep. Scott RigellScott RigellSpanberger's GOP challenger raises over .8 million in third quarter Ex-Rep. Scott Taylor to seek old Virginia seat GOP rushes to embrace Trump MORE (Va.) says he plans to vote for Libertarian presidential nominee Gary JohnsonGary Earl JohnsonNew Mexico lawmakers send recreational marijuana bills to governor Judge throws out murder convictions, releases men jailed for 24 years On The Trail: Making sense of Super Poll Sunday MORE instead of his own party's nominee, Donald TrumpDonald TrumpVeteran accused in alleged border wall scheme faces new charges Arizona Republicans to brush off DOJ concern about election audit FEC drops investigation into Trump hush money payments MORE.


“I’ve always said I will not vote for Donald Trump, and I will not vote for Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonMcConnell: Taliban could take over Afghanistan by 'the end of the year' Hillary Clinton: There must be a 'global reckoning' with disinformation Pelosi's archbishop calls for Communion to be withheld from public figures supporting abortion rights MORE,” Rigell said in an interview with The New York Times published Saturday.

“I’m going to vote for the Libertarian candidate.”

Rigell, who is retiring from Congress at the end of his term, is the first member of Congress to say he is backing Johnson's campaign.

Johnson and his running mate, Bill Weld, have been trying to appeal to people who do not want to support Trump.

Rigell, who has said since winter he can't support the GOP nominee, said he expects more Republicans to announce similar plans.

Some Republican candidates have asked him for advice, he said.

“When their own conscience is seared by some statement that Trump has made, I have encouraged them to be direct and also, in a timely manner, repudiate what he said,” Rigell said.

“People will respect it if you have a reason and you put it out there.”

The Virginia representative said he still thinks of himself as a Republican, but that could change.

Several other Republicans have raised concerns about their party's nominee and some have said they don't think they can support him.

Earlier this week, Rep. Richard Hanna (N.Y.) became the first sitting GOP lawmaker to say he would vote for Hillary Clinton. Hanna is also retiring after this term.