Friends of Abe, a pseudo-secret association (but how secret can it be if I’m writing about it?) of Hollywood conservatives has disbanded, The Guardian is reporting.
The group, which is said to have around 1,500 members, is rumored to have split as a result of a widening gap between those who support Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and those who support his rival Ted Cruz. Sorry, John Kasich.
“Today, because we have been successful in creating a community that extends far beyond our events, people just don’t feel as much of a need to show up for every speaker or bar night, and fewer people pay the dues that help us maintain that large infrastructure,” executive director Jeremy Boreing told members in an email.
Basically, the group is so successful no wants to participate or pay. Sounds legit.
Boreing went on to say that although the formal structure of the group may be gone, members such as Jon Voight and Kelsey Grammer are still free to meet up and bitch about taxes and Hillary Clinton.
“We will still get together for drinks and speakers, but we may reassess how we approach those events logistically,“ Boreing said.
Kegger at Jerry Bruckheimer’s house! You bring the chips. I’ll bring 1,500 copies of The Fountainhead!
Despite the rosy appraisal of the group, other Hollywood Republicans paint a less flattering picture. Lionel Chetwynd, a producer who helped found Friends of Abe, recently told The Guardian that the ongoing primary battle between Trump and Cruz was like a "civil war in slow motion” within the organization.
“It’s too volatile. I’ve never known an election to be so personal,” Chetwynd said. “People don’t really sit around anymore and talk about their preferences because it’s a time of inflamed passions. Now I don’t talk much to my Republican friends.”
Source: The Guardian