Brenda Corpian – July 11, 2015 – Get Off The Bs
Asinine Anti-Trump agitators were dealt a crippling blow in Federal court today when senior United States District Judge Robert E. Payne ruled in favor of Trump campaign delegates who had argued – in line with overwhelming public opinion – that RNC delegates must follow election results and that delegates cannot be stolen at the national convention. Moron Delegate Beau Correll, Jr., had brought the suit against the Commonwealth of Virginia hoping to reject the will of the voters, but was soundly defeated.
Specifically, the Court found that RNC Rule 16, which binds delegates based on their election results, “is in effect presently and that it controls the allocation and binding of delegates as to their voting at convention.” The Court held that the Plaintiff’s “expert testimony” from Erling ‘Curly’ Haugland was not credible, lacked “textual support,” and that “delegates are bound by RNC Rule 16.”
Further, the Court found that by signing the “Declaration and Statement of Qualification,” RNC delegates are bound by RNC Rule 16(c)(2), and that this Declaration obligated Correll to vote in accordance with Republican Party rules and Virginia’s election results.
Trump Campaign Attorney and former FEC Chairman Don McGahn issued the following statement:
“The court has confirmed what we have said all along: Rule 16 is in effect and thus delegates, including Correll, are bound to vote in accordance with the election results. The court did not buy what Curly Haugland was selling, and noted that his testimony has no support in the rule’s text and was contradicted by his own book, Unbound. This case puts his unbound theory to rest, and is a fatal blow to the Anti-Trump agitators.”
McGahn is correct that Payne’s ruling is a blow to the Anti-Trump agitators, however it may not be a fatal because it will not likely stand up on appeal. The Anti-Trump agitators may have been crippled, but they may not necessarily be out of the fight.
Beau Correll is definitely not happy over Payne’s decision, telling Get Off The Bs that “It is absurd that if you don’t vote for Trump, you’re committing a misdemeanor. It’s so absurd that the state government compels members of a private organization how to vote in that organization,”
According to Correll, he could face some jail time if he does not vote for Trump but regardless of Payne’s decision, “I will vote my conscious” said Correll.
Curly Haugland states that Payne’s decision should not stand because, “in short, the history of the Republican National Convention proves that delegates have always, with the exception of 1976, been free to vote their conscience, and the rule that has protected this right over the last 136 years remains part of the temporary rules of the 2016 convention. The U.S. Supreme Court’s rulings on the issue also make clear that delegates are free to ignore state laws purporting to bind them, and the one national party rule purporting to bind delegates expires at the start of the convention.“
Fastidious Trump supporters in Virginia should be pleased over Payne’s decision. On the national front, if Haugland’s group appeals Payne’s decision, Payne’s decision could result in the reversal of a 136 year old U.S. Supreme court ruling allowing delegates to be maneuvered in to ignoring the voters in their states to vote for whomever they choose on the first ballot during the Republican convention.
However, before Republican voters start patting each other on their backs, they would be prudent to understand that the majority of Federal court decisions contrary to previous Supreme Court decisions, are often reversed on appeal.