Carroll "Beau" Correll, a Virginia delegate to next week's Republican National Convention in Cleveland, filed a federal lawsuit that demanded he be allowed to vote his conscience-and that other GOP delegates be allowed to do so, as well-because he feels Republican presidential nominee-in-waiting Donald Trump "is unfit to be president".
"There's so much energy to do this", said Dane Waters, co-founder of Delegates Unbound, one group challenging the widely held conventional wisdom that GOP rules require almost all delegates to back a specific candidate, based on state primaries and caucuses. But even with dozens manning the phones and computer keyboards, anti-Trump leaders concede it will not be an easy fight.
The convention will be held in Cleveland on July 18-21.
Their bid is not to outright deny Trump the nomination.
Anderson said he is not going to the convention out of protest of the IL state Republican Party not supporting Trump. John McCainJohn McCainBudowsky: If Trump were black Paul Ryan's impossible decision GOP senators rip Ginsburg comments about Trump MORE, who has said that he's anxious about his chances in a state that has a large Hispanic population with Trump at the top of ticket. "Whatever they're saying, they're concerned". Trump won the primary election on March 1 with 34.7%, edging out Senator Marco Rubio, who had 31.9%. Staying strong for Ted Cruz. Marco Rubio and other former candidates.
Donald Trump is one of the most disliked politicians in American history.
Mr. Trump's opponents can try to persuade the rules committee to issue a minority report.
"This is a matter of saving the party", Unruh said.
Trump still faces challenges as the convention nears.
The platform now goes to the full Republican convention, which is expected to ratify it early next week.
"After having been elected delegates, positions created by the rules and pursuant to the call, they may not retroactively change the rules under which they were elected", said John Ryder, the RNC's general counsel.
Colorado delegate and Free the Delegates founder Kendal Unruh originally had hoped to nail down votes from 57 of the 112 committee members, enough to pass her proposed "conscience clause" exception.
The Republicans presently control the House and have decided not to vote on the Democrat's gun control proposals.
Countering that, the renegade Republicans are setting up a high-tech messaging system to coordinate with organizers on the convention floor and plan to launch ads micro-targeted to the delegates' social media pages.
Solomon Yue, a GOP national committeeman from OR, is pushing a proposal that would keep any new rules from taking effect until after next week's convention.
"Basically, who cares?" said one top RNC member on condition of anonymity. "Of course I wouldn't do that".
Payne decided the Virginia law that requires a winner-take-all allocation of the state's delegates was in conflict with Republican National Committee rules, and a violation of Correll's First Amendment-protected rights.
"Nearly everyone who is not a Trump delegate is opposed to Trump".
Scheffler said Spiker was responsible for an ad that anti-Trump activist Steve Lonegan ran against him in Iowa.
For Lonegan, the move to unpledge delegates has nothing to do with undermining voters.
Another motion, from Solomon Yue, an RNC rules member from OR, to freeze the 2016 convention rules was also swiftly side-stepped. However, the growing #NeverTrump movement may disrupt the process this year. That makes this a little bit of a questionable convention if people firmly believe Trump will not be successful. We do not have a normal candidate. "This is not a normal year. We have an abnormal candidate".