The former executive director of a Pennsylvania chapter of the Democratic Party has no regrets regarding two controversial social media posts that resulted in his ouster from the organization, according to a report.

Mark Salvas told CBS-affiliate KDKA last week that he was asked to step down as head of the Allegheny County Democratic Party for changing his profile photo on Facebook to be overlaid with the words, "I stand for the flag, I kneel at the cross.”

“I’m not ashamed of my patriotism, not one bit. I fought for this country. I think I have a right to have a voice and be patriotic,” Salvas, a Gulf War veteran who served as a Marine, told the news outlet in relation to the post, a reference to the NFL player protests.

But Salvas added that he supported their demonstrations during the national anthem.

“That’s part of what the flag stands for. It gives them the right to do that,” he said.

Salvas was also reportedly dismissed for a second post by his wife, Cindy DeZort-Salvas, in which she shared a fundraising effort for the family of police officer Michael Rosfeld. Rosfeld, who is white, is accused of shooting 17-year-old African-American Antwon Rose II in June in East Pittsburgh.

“What happened to Antwon Rose was a tragedy. I don’t think anybody doubts that,” Salvas said before adding his wife's sympathies stemmed from their close relationship with Rosfeld. “Officer Rosfeld, Michael Rosfeld, is as close to me and my family as anyone could be. I have known that young man since he was literally 3-years-old. They are family to us."

Salvas, who has a biracial child and black family members, was hired in September for the position by the leadership of the county's Democratic Party.

Committee Solicitor Jim Burn confirmed with the Tribune-Review that the panel was seeking a replacement, but would not provide further comment.

Salvas previously served in the role during the 2000s, according to the Tribune-Review.