Wiley Drake leaves the GOP – he can’t stomach McCain

I got an email announcement from the Rev. Wiley Drake, the infamous GOP baptist minister in Buena Park who has gotten in trouble in the past for mixing politics and religion. He is still doing that, of course, but he also wants us to know that he is quitting the Republican Party. Drake used to be an elected member of the OC GOP Central Committee.

Here is his press release:

I first joined the Republican Party in 1964 and went to work trying to get Barry Goldwater elected. I was not able to vote for Mr. Goldwater because my 21st birthday was not until November 23, and in those days you had to be 21 to vote.

I have served and worked hard for these 34 years but can no longer serve a Party that has lost it’s morality in order to win. I can no longer vote for the lesser of two evils. In fact I will no longer vote for any evil.

I will vote in November, I can no longer support leaders like John McCain or Democrats like Clinton and Obama. I will support and endorse a third party Godly leader for President of The United States.

I will also support and endorse other Godly people who are running for other offices. We will bring Politics back to JESUS from whence it came. America is and will remain a Christian Nation, so help me God.

Dr. Wiley S. Drake Sr.

Politics came from Jesus? Um, I don’t think so. America is a Christian nation? Well, I suppose, but this country was founded on freedom of religion, which also means freedom from religion. No one has a right to impose their religious beliefs on us. But Drake thinks otherwise so he is taking his Talibanesque show to the Constitution Party. I wonder who they are running for President? If enough of the hard right religious nuts leave the GOP, those lost votes might come back to haunt John McCain, particularly if he ends up running against Barack Obama.


Drake has announced that he will be participating in an Anti-McCain Minutemen rally on Tuesday, March 25th. According to a press release, Drake and his Minutemen allies “will stage in front of the hotel and greet attendees with our peaceful sidewalk rally – to send the message to McCain and impact the event with issue of illegal immigration!”

The rally will take place on Tuesday, March 25, at 11:00 am. According to the press release, the Minutemen “will stage in front of the Island Hotel.” The address is 690 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach.

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