Back in May, N.C. House Speaker Tim Moore was elected to cast the state’s lone vote for neurosurgeon Ben Carson at this week’s Republican National Convention.
But Moore didn’t go to Cleveland this week, and an alternate delegate cast the ceremonial North Carolina vote for Carson. “He decided weeks ago that, due to his court schedule and other commitments, he would most likely be unable to attend,” Moore spokesman Andy Munn said in an email.
Moore is an attorney in Kings Mountain, where among other roles he serves as the contract attorney for Cleveland County government.
Senate leader Phil Berger is also skipping the convention, although he’d never planned to attend. Several Republican legislators are in Cleveland as delegates and alternate delegates, including House Majority Leader Mike Hager of Rutherfordton, Rep. Bill Brawley of Mecklenburg County and Sen. John Alexander of Raleigh.