Kendal Unruh, founder of Free the Delegates, is a Colorado delegate and member of the Rules Committee. She has announced in a to the Rules Committee members that she will propose a rule to the Rules Committee for inclusion in the 2016 RNC Convention Rules.
“This rule will codify each delegate’s existing right—in accordance with court rulings and precedent from previous Republican National Committee Conventions—to cast their vote for the Republican nominee for President of the United States consistent with their conscience,” she wrote.
Preserving Delegates’ Ability to Vote Their Individual Conscience
The secretary of the national convention shall receive and faithfully announce and record each delegate’s vote in accordance with these rules. If any such delegate notifies the secretary of his or her intent to cast a vote of conscience, whether personal or religious, each such delegate shall be unbound and unconstrained by these rules on any given vote, including the first ballot for the selection of the Republican nominee for President of the United States, without the risk of challenge, sanction, or retribution by the Republican National Committee. Allowable personal reasons shall include the public disclosure of one or more any grievous acts of personal conduct by a nominee candidate, including but not limited to, criminally actionable acts, acts of moral turpitude or extreme prejudice, and/or notorious public statements of support for positions that clearly oppose or contradict the policies embodied in the Republican Party’s platform as established at the national convention.
She explained that: “The proposed rule makes explicit this right that has been repeatedly affirmed in past conventions, but of which not all delegates may otherwise be aware or may be uncomfortable asserting without specific supporting language.”
Why must we email these people? Ms. Unruh has put together a coalition of advocates and delegates in several states pushing to clarify delegates’ right to vote their conscience on the presidential nominee, since contradictions in the rules could be confusing to the delegates.
The presumptive nominee, Donald Trump has made many reckless and offensive statements during his campaign, some of which are contrary to GOP principles. His statements that Judge Gonzalo Curiel is a Mexican and cannot therefore fairly preside over the Trump University case, is a case in point. (He was born in Indiana.) The numerous reasons he is unfit for the presidency have been many times, and need not be restated here. Why this is fair can also be read at that link.
Kendal’s rule would make it unequivocal that convention delegates can vote for a different candidate from the one they are bound to. They should pick the best candidate for the party and the most likely to win in the general election.
Mr. Trump is clearly neither. A loss of only five seats would cost us the Senate. There are 24 up for grabs. It’s obvious that he will have a damaging influence on the down-ballot GOP candidates, and not at all obvious that he will win the general election.
To its misfortune, the GOP has the most negatively viewed candidate in history as its standard bearer. The latest Washington Post/ABC News shows Trump is viewed unfavorably by 68% of independents, 77% of women and 89% of Hispanics. Such stats are deadly for a presidential candidate. The RNC is evidently unaware of these numbers.
Unfortunately, many of the Rules Committee members seem to fear the wrath of Trump supporters if they allow a rules change that would permit choosing a different candidate. Maybe that’s because Trumpers have a history of threatening party officials and delegates. Trump himself has threatened riots if he doesn’t get the nomination.
These facts alone dictate that a free nation should make a different choice. It is regrettable that no one has remarked that we’ve never had an election in which fear of the candidate was a reason to vote for him.
There is a very good chance that a sufficient number of delegates would want to vote their consciences; they need our support now—there is very little time before the Committee will meet.
A list of all the members, with their email addresses, is now available; it’s linked below. There are 112 members; 57 are required to pass the conscience rule.
Please email as many as you can on the list; tell them you will not vote for Mr. Trump. Tell them you want Yue’s amendment rejected and Kendal’s conscience amendment passed, effective at the 2016 convention.
Hints: No need to write to the Colorado delegates, or Utah’s. And everyone should not begin at the top of the list, or members further into the list will not receive any emails.
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