Former Congressman Jim Kolbe has added his name to the "dump Trump" movement, asking the Republican National Committee to shift funding away from the GOP presidential candidate.

The open letter to RNC Chairman Reince Priebus asks him to immediately move funding to Congressional campaigns, saying funding the Trump campaign is wasting money on a "losing" campaign. 

"Given the catastrophic impact that Donald Trump’s losing presidential campaign will have on down-ballot Senate and House races, we urge you to immediately suspend all discretionary RNC support for Trump and focus the entirety of the RNC’s available resources on preserving the GOP’s congressional majorities," the letter reads.

"In summary, every dollar spent by the RNC on Donald Trump’s campaign is a dollar of donor money wasted on the losing effort of a candidate who has actively undermined the GOP at every turn. Rather than throwing good money after bad, the RNC should shift its strategy and its resources to convince voters not to give Hillary Clinton the “blank check” of a Democrat-controlled Congress to advance her big government agenda."

The 74-year-old Kolbe, who represented southern Arizona in Congress for 22 years, was one of more than 120 Republicans who have signed the letter as of Wednesday night. 

Among those who signed the letter are current members of Congress, retired members of Congress, party officials and political appointees.

The letter lists a number of political mistakes Trump has made over the last few months, saying the Trump campaign has alienated million of potential voters in the last month alone.

"This should not be a difficult decision, as Donald Trump’s chances of being elected president are evaporating by the day. Since the GOP convention, less than a month ago, he has alienated millions of voters," the letter states.

The letter uses recent polling and suggests the Trump campaign is on track to receive the lowest voter turnout out since 1984, when Democratic candidate Walter Mondale only won his home state of Minnesota.

The letter cites the statistical analysis from Nate Silver, best known for his web site,

"According to Silver, whose analysis correctly picked 49 of the 50 states in the 2008 presidential election and all 50 states in 2012, current polling gives Trump barely a 11 percent chance of being elected president in November."


Reporter with the Arizona Daily Star. I cover politics as well as the city of Tucson and other municipalities in Southern Arizona.