MIAMI, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- Former Florida State Rep. Ana Rivas Logan announced Monday that she will be leaving the Republican party to become a Democrat.
Rivas Logan cites the GOP's immigration policies for the change and told reporters, "The GOP of today is not the party I joined. It's not the party of my parents. It's a party that has been radicalized and held hostage by a group of extremists."
DNC chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., said in response to the announcement, "Her story is a powerful testament to just how far right the GOP has drifted and how many communities it has alienated - especially women and Hispanics. Republicans promised to change their ways following the 2012 election, but instead have doubled down on the same far right policies that drive away voters and public servants like Ana."
Some say that Rivas Logan's decision is motivated by a desire to regain political office, but it could be reflective of a larger trend in the Cuban community. In the last presidential election, President Obama won the traditionally conservative Cuban-American vote by 50 to 48 percent.