RALEIGH, N.C. -- A North Carolina county Republican Party official is resigning after GOP leaders criticized him over comments he made on "The Daily Show" about the new law requiring photo identification to vote.
Buncombe County precinct chairman Don Yelton said in a brief interview Thursday that he's stepping down.
State party chairman Claude Pope said Yelton's comments airing Wednesday on the Comedy Central show were "completely inappropriate and highly offensive" and Yelton didn't speak for the party.
Yelton said the voter ID law "is going to kick the Democrats in the butt" and was OK if it meant some college students or white or black people wouldn't vote when it takes effect.
Pope and the Buncombe GOP chairman had threatened removal proceedings against Yelton if he didn't resign.
The North Carolina GOP issued this statement on their website regarding Don Yelton's resignation:
"The North Carolina Republican Party finds the comments made by Mr. Yelton to be completely inappropriate and highly offensive.
"I have asked for Mr. Yelton's resignation as the precinct chairman of the Buncombe County Republican Party. If Mr. Yelton declines to resign, the NCGOP will immediately initiate the process to remove him from his position.
"I would like to make it very clear that Mr. Yelton does not speak for either the Buncombe County Republican Party or the North Carolina Republican Party. And contrary to reports, Mr. Yelton is not a member of the NCGOP Executive Committee."