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There’s been no shortage of shenanigans this election, but few have been weirder or more blatant than what just happened in Georgia’s 7th Congressional district, where a Cruz-Rubio alliance effectively worked to disenfranchise voters in Saturday’s district GOP convention.
Their job was to elect three delegates and three alternates to represent the district at the national convention. Per the actual election results, two of those delegates were supposed to be Trump supporters, with the one remaining going to Senator Marco Rubio. Somehow, even though Senator Cruz finished third and was slotted to receive no delegates, the hall was filled with Cruz supporters.
Those Cruz supporters managed to knock the Trump delegation down to one spot after the first ballot, then on the second ballot they took the remaining spot from Trump supporter Debbie Dooley on the grounds that the Trump delegate would “embarrass” the district.
Ronnie Kurtz, a Trump supporter who attended the convention, spoke with Breitbart News, “When it came time for nominations from the floor, the Cruz bloc, which I believe had the numbers to install whoever they wanted, did not challenge the Rubio delegate. Only the true Trump supporter, Debbie Dooley, was challenged. Two Cruz supporters argued in favor of their alternative delegate, a Mr. David Hancock, on the premise that he had ‘been in the party from the beginning’ and ‘wouldn’t embarrass us at the convention.’ The convention was given no time to ask questions of the candidates on the basis that ‘the nominating committee has already interviewed them for you’. The Cruz people succeeded in voting in their delegate over Trump’s Debbie Dooley.”
Kurtz described the dramatic scene that followed, “There was an immediate uproar in the hall, and all the Trump delegates walked out in protest. The Trump County campaign manager had brought the American flag on display in the hall and took it with him after this undercutting of democracy.”
Although certain delegates will be bound to vote for Trump on the first ballot, by installing delegates who do not actually support Trump the GOP establishment seems to be laying the groundwork for a second ballot backstabbing of the front-runner.
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