Tennessee Delegate Chaos – Establishment Grabbing Delegates in Tennessee

 

Looks like the GOP Establishment has been busy today snagging delegates and creating chaos.

The stories, videos and tweets that I have seen today have been highly disturbing because it shows that not only is our election process extremely “corruptible”, but also extremely corrupted. This video is just a smidgen of what went on today, but seems the best place to start in what is likely going to be a very tedious and angry article.

As you can see from the vdeo, there is a lot of tension and unhappy people at this meeting.

It definitely looks like the Trump campaign is on top of this.  Let us not forget that this is why we are Trump supporters, Trump will not back down from the fight.  He will not go into a fight short of information needed to win that fight, and he will hire the absolute best people to help him fight the fight. This is part of why we are voting for Mr Trump.

From the Tennessean:

Donald Trump’s campaign for president is accusing the Tennessee Republican Party of “doing the bidding” of the national GOP establishment in a calculated attempt to “steal” pro-Trump delegates and stop them from being a part of  Tennessee’s GOP delegation.

It’s part of a national effort by GOP party leaders, the Trump campaign has alleged, to stop the Republican frontrunner from becoming the nominee.

A Tennessee party official disputes that allegation, instead accusing Trump’s camp of distorting the truth while noting Trump will still receive all delegates won from the state.

Darren Morris, state director of Trump’s campaign in Tennessee, told The Tennessean the Trump campaign and Tennessee Republican Party chairman Ryan Hayes had agreed Wednesday on the names of seven of the 14 at-large delegates that, under party rules, are to be appointed by the state party. Delegates will ultimately decide the party’s nominee at the Republican National Convention this summer.

But Morris said that an updated delegate list he reviewed late this week is now wiped clean of several of those names and instead features individuals who he described as “anti-Trump.”

“They’re picking anti-Trump people,” Morris said. “They’re picking establishment picks who don’t support Donald Trump, and it’s just the same effort that they’re conducting all over the country to steal a vote here, steal a delegate there, to affect the outcome of the convention in July and take the nomination away from Donald Trump.

“The party chair is a puppet. He is doing the bidding of the party establishment to take the nomination away from Donald Trump.”

Thank you Mr Trump for hiring Darren Morris who is obviously not afraid to stand up and tell the truth.  Many people might think that this is “conspiracy theory” type of stuff, but knowing what we know already, that’s an unlikely story.  Let’s take a look at the things that we already know to be true about the Republican party and the Establishment :

The Republican Party is Lining Up Behind Cruz so That They can Lose to Hillary – Uniparty Much? 

While No One Was Looking – The Republican Party Changed the Rules, No Longer 8 States Required

The RNC Just Launched Website for Contested Convention

Curly Haugland, Senior GOP Official States that the Party Chooses the Nominee Not the Voters – Election Useless

Herman Cain : Enough with the Secret Meetings to Try to Stop Trump

Former RNC Head, Michael Steele says that If a Deal is Struck on Nominee All Hell is Going to Break Loose

Hillary Clinton is Backed By Major Republican Donors – Indictment of the Uniparty

Breitbart is also talking about this delegate chaos in Tennessee.

NASHVILLE, Tennessee — The State Executive Committee of the Tennessee Republican Party approved a controversial slate of establishment-friendly Trump and Cruz delegates in a vote on Saturday.

The exact final vote count was unclear, but sources tell Breitbart News that 40 of the 66 members of the State Executive Committee voted for the slate, while 25 voted against the slate.

The meeting, held in a second floor room of an obscure office building in Nashville, was guarded by private security that refused to let a number of Trump alternate delegates and supporters inside.

I saw so many tweets today of people actually on scene and experiencing first hand the dirty tricks of this meeting & process.  Here are some who were locked out of the meeting as quoted above by Breitbart.

 

Breitbart continues …

Tennessee has a total of 58 delegates who will be attending the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio in July.

Fourteen of those delegates were elected proportionally statewide. Twenty-seven of those delegates were elected proportionally from the state’s nine Congressional Districts. Three of those delegates were automatically appointed under the party’s by laws: Party Chairman Ryan Haynes and the two members of the Republican National Committee from the State Executive Committee. An additional 14 of those delegates were appointed today when the State Executive Committee approved the controversial slate of delegates.

Overall, Trump won 33 of the state’s delegates, Cruz won 16, and Rubio won nine.

The 14 delegates appointed today as part of that overall allocation were designated as follows: seven Trump delegates, six Cruz delegates, and one Rubio delegate.

What has infuriated Trump and Cruz supporters alike is that several of the Trump delegates appointed today have gone on the record as vigorous opponents of Donald Trump.

As the Rocky Top political blog posted today:

At least two people on the establishment’s slate who would be assigned to serve as “Trump delegates” have trashed Trump on social media.

They are SEC members Melissa Gay and Ken Gross.

There are believed to be other “Trojan Horse” delegates who will try to be selected to represent Trump/Cruz, but who will instead vote with the party establishment on rules and credentials, etc. to hurt Cruz’ and Trump’s efforts at the convention.

Some of the Cruz delegates named today were also clearly not Cruz supporters.

Former Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Chris Devaney, an ardent enemy of Tea Party causes and no friend of Cruz, was selected as a Cruz delegate.

Interesting that the delegates also mention the Trojan horse delegates:

Breitbart continues :

Former Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Chris Devaney, an ardent enemy of Tea Party causes and no friend of Cruz, was selected as a Cruz delegate.

It was Devaney who, in 2014, acting as Tennessee Republican Party Chairman, reportedly broke party rules by publicly supporting incumbent Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN)in his primary battle with Tea Party backed State. Rep. Joe Carr. Alexander narrowly defeated Carr, 49 percent to 40 percent.

Of the 13 delegates allocated to Cruz and Trump today in the State Executive Committee’s vote, eight are clearly loyal to the Republican establishment and not supporters of the candidate to whom they are legally bound (Trump or Cruz) on the first two ballots.

In any potential third ballot, all eight of these delegates are certain to vote for a candidate other than Trump or Cruz.

These “Trojan Horse” delegates, while expected to honor their legal obligation when casting their votes during the first two ballots for the presidential nominee, are expected to side with the anti-Trump and anti-Cruz establishment forces in the all-important procedural and rule votes.

“If the state party had simply moved off three or four people who have been publicly opposed to the candidate they are now bound to vote for, the whole thing could have been avoided,” former Nashville talk radio host Steve Gill, a Cruz delegate who attended the meeting, tells Breitbart News.

Trump supporters at the meeting said the decision to include Trump opponents as Trump delegates showed a lack of integrity by the State Executive Committee, as well as those Trump opponents who accepted those appointments.

The entire debacle was set up shortly after the 2012 Republican National Convention, when the State Executive Committee of the Tennessee Republican Party changed the bylaws that established the process for the allocation of these 14 delegates it appointed today.

Instead of calling for the appointments to be made with the “advice and consent” of the relevant campaigns, the bylaws were changed so that the appointments are now made merely with the “advice” of the campaigns.

Neither the Trump nor the Cruz campaigns, apparently, consented to the delegate slate approved today, but, due to the rules change, their consent is not needed.

The 75 Trump supporters outside the room who were prohibited entry by private security were clearly outraged by the process, which they called “unfair” and “un-American.”

John Fey, an alternate delegate-at-large for Donald Trump from Goodlettsville, Tennessee, was one of those not allowed in the meeting.

“We were voted on March 1 by the people of this state. I received the eighth largest. They told us we were at large alternate delegates,” Fey told Breitbart News, as he stood a few feet from the locked door protected by a security guard who refused to allow Fey inside to view and participate in the meeting.

“They’re going to appoint eight delegates for Trump today, rather than people who were voted on [and elected as alternate delegates] by the people of this state. Some of [those eight to be appointed today] don’t support Donald Trump,” he added.

(Note: the approved slate actually included seven, rather than eight delegates for Trump appointed today.)

Fey was included as an alternate delegate for Trump in the slate approved by the State Executive Committee today, but he believes that he, rather than a Trump opponent like Melissa Gay or Ken Gross, should have been appointed as a Trump delegate.

Fey noted that, though the new bylaws grant the State Executive Committee the power to appoint non-Trump supporters as delegates over him, it is not right for them to do so.

“The bylaws are wrong. The bylaws are not fair.”

“It’s not fair and honest. Voters voted for us [as alternate Trump delegates].” Fey added, again arguing that the right thing to do is to appoint an alternate delegate like himself, who supports Donald Trump completely, over a connected party insider who actually opposes Trump.

“I’m 100 percent for Donald Trump,” Fey said.

“I will vote for Donald Trump on all ballots,” he concluded.

Shortly after this interview with Fey, Breitbart News was allowed to enter the meeting room, while Fey was again denied access and remained outside the room.

The long-term consequences of today’s behind-the-scenes power play by the Republican establishment in Tennessee will likely be felt long past this summer’s convention.

“Unfortunately, the divide that was clearly apparent at the meeting over this issue will continue to fester and create a division that will certainly carry to the convention, and possibly beyond,” Cruz delegate Steve Gill tells Breitbart News.

The Tennessean had more of the back and forth between Brent Leatherwood, executive director of the Tennessee Republican Party, and Darren Morris, the state director of Trump’s campaign in Tennessee.

Brent Leatherwood, executive director of the Tennessee Republican Party, said the party didn’t have any agreement and accused the Trump campaign of rabble-rousing.

“Instead of stirring up strife and grossly mischaracterizing the conversation that took place between Mr. Morris and Chairman Haynes, let’s set the record straight. There was never an agreement, especially after the Trump campaign spoke dismissively about the Party process and one of our female members,” Leatherwood said, without specifying which member.

“Regardless of that, the TNGOP will fill out the remaining delegate spots consistent with our bylaws, state law, and the results of the March 1st Presidential Primary.”

The Trump campaign has urged Trump supporters to pack a Tennessee Republican Executive Committee meeting set for Saturday morning in Nashville to influence a committee vote on finalizing the 14 at-large delegates.

An email sent by the Trump campaign to supporters in Tennessee argues “a small group of Tennessee establishment insiders pulling a fast one.”

“We won the votes,” it reads. “They are trying to steal them.”

At issue are the 14 at-large Republicans delegates of Tennessee’s overall delegation of 58 who are appointed by the Republican Party’s Executive Committee. Trump handily won Tennessee’s GOP primary. In turn, 41 of those 58 delegates were approved by Tennessee Republican primary voters during the primary to be delegates committed to specific candidates. The remaining three are selected by the Republican National Committee.

Trump won Tennessee’s primary with 39 percent of the vote. Because candidates needed to meet a 20 percent threshold to earn delegates, the Tennessee Republican Party announced last month that 33 of the 58 delegates (57 percent) are to go to Trump, 16 to Ted Cruz and nine to Marco Rubio.

Morris said the Trump campaign advised the Tennessee Republican Party on individuals for their share of seven of the 14 party-appointed delegates that the Trump campaign says it’s entitled.

“A few of those names are still on there,” Morris said. “Most of them are not. Most of them are very anti-Trump people. In fact, I’ve been told a few of them are very much anti-Trump and they’re there to do the bidding of the RNC.”

Morris said two of the pro-Trump at-large delegates supported by the campaign, but now taken off the list, are Republican state Sen. Bill Ketron, R-Murfreesboro, and Mark Winslow, former chief of staff of the Tennessee Republican Party. Both men were delegate candidates in the March 1 primary. Morris said Ketron is now slated to be an alternate delegate and that Winslow is no longer even on the list.

“We had agreed on (Winslow) to be one of our seven delegates,” he said. “I was told today he had been moved to the alternate list. Now, I’m told he’s not even on the list.”

Leatherwood reiterated the party will follow GOP bylaws and procedures, and delegates will — at least initially — be bound to their candidates.

“Despite what they are saying, state law mandates all delegates be bound to their respective candidate for two rounds of balloting at the Republican National Convention. There are no exceptions to that requirement,” Leatherwood said.

Let’s look at some of the tweets from inside the meeting :

Well I think we can all see that if there is anything left to be said about today, and moving forward it’s that we need to give a great big “Thank you” to the people like @tnfortrump who are out there in the trenches, fighting this fight for us.  Thank you!

And in the words of Forrest Gump, “that’s all I have to say about that”.