A Dane County Republican who said after attending his party's national convention that he would support the GOP ticket is now back in the anti-Trump camp.
Longtime conservative blogger and columnist David Blaska, a convention alternate from the 2nd Congressional District, sent an email this week to Republican National Committeeman Steve King, asking him to join a small, but still active group of national Republicans trying to knock Donald Trump off the top of the ticket.
The group failed to block Trump's nomination at the convention, but cite party rules that allow the RNC to fill vacancies due to "death, declination or otherwise," which includes disqualification or removal.
"I am not a sore loser," Blaska wrote in an email titled "My conscience is bothering me." "I am only sorry that I did not speak up at that first Monday’s breakfast caucus at the Hilton (in Cleveland) to urge that we avert this looming disaster. I know I would have spoken for many delegates."
In an interview, King said he does not support the attempt to dethrone Trump, who won the primary with a record 14 million votes. He said it's too late to do anything at this point. King, an ally of RNC chairman Reince Priebus, was instrumental in blocking the anti-Trump effort at the convention.
"The people are going to get what they're going to get," King said. "They can't point their finger at the establishment. The process worked. It is what it is."
Blaska said after the convention he could vote for vice presidential nominee Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, which would effectively count as a vote for Trump. But in an interview this week he said he is considering voting for Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson. He will not vote for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
Blaska said the turning point for him was when Trump refused for several days to support House Speaker Paul Ryan against his primary challenger Paul Nehlen, whom Ryan defeated soundly in Tuesday's election. Trump endorsed Ryan during a campaign rally in Green Bay.
Blaska also said as a member of the National Rifle Association he interpreted Trump's comment this week about 2nd Amendment people being able to do something to stop Clinton as a "threat." Trump's campaign said it was a statement about gun-rights supporters being unified in their opposition to Clinton.
"He's an unexploded string of firecrackers," Blaska said.