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FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010 file photo, Richard Hanna announces that two-term incumbent Michael Arcuri, D-Utica, conceded to Hanna in New York's 24th congressional district race in Utica, N.Y. (AP Photo/Heather Ainsworth, File)

Richard Hanna just became the first GOP congressman to say he's voting for Hillary Clinton


New York Rep. Richard Hanna just became the first sitting Republican congressman to publicly endorse Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump.

In an op-ed published Tuesday morning, Hanna said he found Trump to be "profoundly offensive and narcissistic... little more than a changing mirror of those he speaks to."

[Trump] is unfit to serve our party and cannot lead this country.
Rep. Richard Hanna

"I never expect to agree with whoever is president," Hanna wrote, "but at a minimum the president needs to consistently display those qualities I have preached to my two children: kindness, honesty, dignity, compassion, and respect."

While other sitting Republican lawmakers have said they cannot support Trump in the general presidential election, Hanna is the first to explicitly say he will vote for Hillary Clinton instead.

"While I disagree with her on many issues, I will vote for Mrs. Clinton," Hanna wrote. "I will be hopeful and resolute in my belief that being a good American who loves his country is far more important than parties or winning and losing. I trust she can lead."

Hanna said he believed the Republican Party's nomination of Trump was contributing to division in the country. The GOP, he wrote,  has "largely alienated women, Hispanics, the LGBT community, young voters and many others in general."

This is far from the first time Hanna has broken with party ranks in Congress.

Deemed "one of the most fiercely independent Republicans in Congress," Hanna has made waves by supporting abortion rights, same-sex marriage, and the Equal Rights Amendment, a proposed amendment to the U.S. Constitution which would guarantee equal rights for women.

Though it's likely Hanna will face backlash from his Republican colleagues over his decision, the consequences will likely be few. Hanna is retiring from Congress at the end of his term this year. 

A spokesperson for the Trump campaign did not immediately respond to Circa's request for comment.

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