CLEVELAND -- Steve Wenzel, a Minnesota delegate here this week, is likely not your typical Republican activist.
Wenzel, 69, is attending his second national convention. His first? The 1976 Democratic National Convention, when he was one of eight delegates to cast their vote for then-presidential candidate Hubert Humphrey.
Wenzel was also a longtime DFL state legislator, before he stepped down in 2001 when President George W. Bush appointed him to serve in the Office of Rural Development with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
He changed his political affiliation to Republican in the early 2000's, fearing that the party had lurched too far left.
Now, he is firmly a Republican, citing his "strong pro-life position" and dislike for foreign policy under President Obama.
"I am convinced that this country is on a perilous course and that the policies of President Obama on the Middle East, in particular, have been disastrous.He has not been able to provide the leadership necessary to stop the terrorism that is so threatening to our country."
His road to the Republican National Convention this year began with his support for Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, and he later supported Ohio Gov. John Kasich. Now, he's a delegate for Donald Trump.
Although the celebrity business mogul wasn't his first choice for his party's nominee, Wenzel, like many Republicans gathered here this week, is firmly against Democratic presumptive nominee, Hillary Clinton.
"I believe she is corrupt," Wenzel said from the convention floor at Quicken Loans Arena. He argued she is untrustworthy because she won't release details of her paid speeches to Wall Street banks and investment firms. "That's indicative of greed, and a lust for power," he said. "That's been typical of the Clintons."
He's now behind Trump's candidacy, saying he was heartened by the additon of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence to the presidential ticket. He said he's hopeful Trump will prevail, saying the GOP candidate can reverse the country's course after eight years of a Democratic president. "The party has become way too liberal for me," he said.