From the floor of the Republican National Convention, Connecticut delegate Rob Simmons broke with GOP orthodoxy to speak up for gay rights, then took a second unorthodox stance—predicting a Romney victory in Connecticut this year.

Simmons offered his thoughts on the floor of the Tampa Bay Times Forum Thursday evening, where he was seated with the rest of the Connecticut Republican delegation to hear former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney’s official acceptance of the GOP nomination for president.

Click the play arrow to hear Simmons, a former Army colonel and U.S. Rep, opine.

Click here to continue reading Thomas’ report from the floor of the Republican National Convention.