Peter Kopf, a county Republican Party chairman who has served in the Delaware GOP’s executive committee since last year, has resigned from the party over its leadership and Senate nominee Rob Arlett, The News Journal reported on Wednesday.
“Mr. Arlett lacks the character and integrity needed to lead our Ticket and receive my support,” Kopf wrote in an email sent to his fellow members last week, according to The News Journal.
In the email, Kopf referenced “critical information” about Arlett, saying that it “will eventually derail his candidacy.”
Kopf told the News Journal that he is “disturbed” that his resignation letter was made public.
“That was a private email,” he said. “There’s not much to comment on. It’s all pretty clear in the letter.”
The Hill added:
Kopf was not immediately reachable by The Hill.
In the letter, Kopf also alleged that two convicted felons had been allowed to serve in public positions within the Delaware GOP. He did not name who he was referring to.
“This all should be very disturbing and an embarrassment to any individual serving on the State Executive Committee today,” Kopf wrote. “You all have a responsibility to Republicans throughout Delaware to keep our Party ethical.”
Emily Taylor, the Delaware Republican party’s vice chairwoman and executive director, said in a statement that “the party is sad to see Peter leave.”
“The party is sad to see Peter leave but he had to make the decision that is right for him,” she said. “We’re focused on winning elections in November.”
When the News Journal asked about Kopf’s accusations against Arlett, Taylor responded: “Rob Arlett is the Republican-endorsed candidate and the party will fight for him to be our next U.S. Senator.”