Bob Orr and Charles Jeter plan to join other Republicans at a convention in Charlotte this August — but not the one that will renominate President Donald Trump.Instead they’ll join a group called “Republicans for a New President.”
Organized by Evan McMullin, a former CIA officer who ran an independent campaign for president in 2016, the gathering is expected to bring together groups disaffected by the president, including Republicans for the Rule of Law and The Lincoln Project.
“The Trump administration has failed, and that’s provided us with an opportunity to offer an alternative vision,” McMullin told the Washington Post.
The Convention on Founding Principles is scheduled to run concurrently with the Republican National Convention, which is scheduled to start Aug. 24 at the Spectrum Center. Much of it is now expected to be virtual, though organizers expect to have a presence in Charlotte.
Orr, a former North Carolina Supreme Court justice, said the group had been looking at a venue at Queens University of Charlotte, though the coronavirus crisis may change those plans.
“The pandemic has thrown a curve to preconceived ideas of doing it,” he said Saturday. “But we’re committed to making the effort. … Originally it was, like, how many people do we think we could attract? Now it’s, what’s the safest way to do this?”