TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – The chief spokesman for the Republican Party of Florida is leaving his position over GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump.READ MORE: Miss USA Asya Branch Could Make History In Sunday's Miss Universe Competition At Seminole Hard Rock Hotel And Casino
Wadi Gaitan, the communications director for the RPOF, said Monday he is leaving the state organization to join the LIBRE Initiative, a group funded by the billionaire Koch brothers that reaches out to Hispanic voters.
“I’m thankful for my almost two years with the Florida GOP, however, moving on gives me a great, new opportunity to continue promoting free market solutions while avoiding efforts that support Donald Trump,” Gaitan said in a statement explaining the change.
The departure comes as Trump, who has proposed building a large border wall as part of a crackdown on illegal immigration, struggles to appeal to Latinos in Florida and beyond.READ MORE: Kid Reporter Damon Weaver, Who Interviewed Obama At White House, Has Died At 23
Gaitan, whose parents are from Honduras, was hired by the party in 2015 after state Rep. Blaise Ingoglia of Spring Hill won a divisive battle for GOP chairman that opened a rift between the state party and Gov. Rick Scott.
Gaitan was communications director for the successful 2014 congressional campaign of Carlos Curbelo, a South Florida Republican who is one of Trump’s most outspoken critics in the party. Before being hired by the state party, he was press secretary for the GOP conference in the U.S. House.
Gaitan’s last day at the Florida party is Tuesday.MORE NEWS: Goodwill Ambassador Volunteers Get Specialized Training Ahead Of Miami Beach's Busy Holiday Weekend
The News Service of Florida contributed to this report.