BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Anthony Gioia has been one of if not the most prolific fundraiser in Buffalo for more than 35 years.
"I've worn out my friend's pocketbooks as well as my own," said Gioia, a former U.S. Ambassador.
Since 1980, Gioia has been an active participant in every presidential election, helping raise money for Republican candidates. That's with the exception of 2004, when he was the U.S. Ambassador to Malta.
"I was a sitting ambassador. I was not allowed to be involved in any way in the campaign. I could not go to the convention," he said. "My wife went to the convention."
Earlier this year, Gioia raised money for Marco Rubio, and he briefly supported Ted Cruz's campaign after Rubio dropped out of the presidential race, but he said for the first time since 1976, he's choosing not to be involved in any campaign during the general election.
"I'm not enamored with Donald Trump at this point," he said. "Things could change obviously but I certainly wouldn't want to support Hillary Clinton after all the scandals she's had."
In fact, Gioia said he hasn't decided yet if he'll vote for Trump or boycott the election altogether. He believes Trump has started to act more presidential but that needs to continue.
"I don't think he understands and takes the office of presidency seriously enough," Gioia said. "He has seemed to have very little interest in learning what the facts are. He contradicts himself constantly."
Gioia said his personal politics aren't the only reason he's planning on getting out of the fundraising business. The 74-year-old said Trump has younger, energized supporters who are capable of handling it.
"Other guys have worked pretty hard for this guy," he said. "They're entitled. They've earned it. They have the enthusiasm to get it done and I've done enough of this stuff. I've worn out my contacts, some of whom are no longer with us so it's time to bring younger people into the party, so I encourage that."
The walls of Gioia's office are filled with memorabilia, photos and letters from the majority of the GOP's most influential people over the past three decades. He said he's had a great run.
"You get such euphoria. You're so excited," Gioia said. "You think you're doing something very principled and I'm sure people on the other side feel the same way, but it's time."