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Delaware GOP official quits, blasts party’s Senate nominee

September 19, 2018 GMT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — The Republican Party chairman in Delaware’s most populous county has resigned his post, saying he cannot support the party’s U.S. Senate candidate.

Peter Kopf, chairman of the New Castle County Republican Committee, submitted his resignation letter last Thursday, saying he is troubled both by Rob Arlett’s candidacy and the current leadership of the state Republican Party.

Arlett, a county councilman who served as Donald Trump’s state campaign chair in 2016, defeated former PayPal executive Gene Truono in the GOP Senate primary earlier this month.

Kopf said in his resignation letter that he believes Arlett lacks the character and integrity needed to lead the GOP ticket in November.

Asked for comment on Kopf’s resignation and statements, Arlett said in a text message Wednesday that he was not familiar with the issue.