The son of former President Ronald Reagan is revoking his endorsement of Vernon Robinson's bid for Congress in North Carolina's eighth district.
"I was unaware that this was a multi-candidate primary and I have made it a practice not to endorse in those situations," Michael Reagan wrote in a Dec. 28 email to N.C. Republican Party Chairman Robin Hayes.
As requested by Michael Reagan, Scott Laster, the executive director of the party, distributed the memo Thursday to all GOP candidates in the race to unseat Democratic Congressman Larry Kissell in one of the most competitive districts in the nation. The district stretches east from Charlotte to Fayetteville.
Michael Reagan notes the primary as the reason for yanking his endorsement -- but his message comes weeks after Robinson released a controversial television advertisement that noted the prominent Republican's endorsement.
The ad -- which also highlights support from the family of former U.S. Sen. Jesse Helms -- was condemned by the nonpartisan Helms Center director as "disgusting."
In the television piece, which Robinson's campaign aired on Fox News during coverage of a recent GOP presidential debate, uses inflammatory language and pictures of President Barack Obama.
Robinson's campaign said it was aware of the memo the party distributed but it had not heard directly from Michael Reagan. Robinson could not be immediately reached for comment.
Robinson campaign manager Steve Arnold seemed miffed by the revoked endorsement -- especially considering that Michael Reagan recently backed the presidential campaign of Newt Gingrich, a move that apparently violates his own policy.
Michael Reagan said in an email to Dome that he "had nothing more to add" to explain his decision.