WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., June 25 (UPI) -- A North Carolina Republican congressional candidate's anti-immigration stance has cost him the backing of former U.S. Housing Secretary Jack Kemp.
Kemp, who is known for his efforts to persuade minorities to join the GOP, had been supporting Winston-Salem City Councilman Vernon Robinson's bid to become the first black Republican in the U.S. House from the South since Reconstruction. He ended that support, the Winston-Salem Journal reported Friday, because Robinson has been "running as a Pat Buchanan Republican" on the immigration issue.
Buchanan is considered by many to be the leader of the anti-immigrant wing of the Republican Party.
"I've withdrawn my support," Kemp said. The former George H.W. Bush cabinet official and GOP vice presidential candidate is now supporting GOP businessman Ed Broyhill, the son of former U.S. Sen. James Broyhill, R-N.C., with whom Kemp served as a member of the House.
Broyhill, Robinson and six other Republicans are competing for the nomination in North Carolina's heavily Republican 5th Congressional District. The incumbent, U.S. Rep. Richard Burr, R-N.C., is running for the Senate.