A North Carolina Republican delegate who called Donald Trump “a danger to the country” is leaving the GOP convention.
“I made the party establishment very unhappy with my anti-Trump expressions,” Bob Orr said Tuesday night. “I’ve had all the fun I can have.”
Orr, a former state Supreme Court justice and GOP gubernatorial candidate, chaired Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s North Carolina campaign.
Though open about his concerns about Trump, Orr angered party officials when he told a WRAL TV reporter that the nominee was dangerous and “singularly unqualified to lead this country.”
State GOP Executive Director Dallas Woodhouse said Orr “hasn’t been a good Republican for a long time.”
“The vast majority of delegates here are supportive of Mr. Trump even if he wasn’t their first choice,” Woodhouse said, adding that Trump had won the popular vote in the state’s Republican primary.
“The problem with Mr. Orr is not how he feels about Mr. Trump,” Woodhouse said. “It’s how he feels about Republican voters.”
Orr said he’d “put his Republican credentials up against anybody.”
“If I’d know there was some oath of loyalty, some code of omerta, where I couldn’t say anything against Trump, I probably wouldn’t have come,” he said.