March 30, 2016
MSNBC just released that despite suspending his campaign, Sen. Marco Rubio is attempting to keep every delegate he won while running for President.
Marcos’ underhanded move strongly suggests that the ‘Stop Trump’ people are preparing for a contested convention.
MSNBC’s article is a pathetic attempt at trying to con the general public in to believing that Marcos’ underhanded behavior is something other than a poor loser trying to get even with a candidate who stomped him in to the ground during the GOP Primaries, suggesting that Marcos’ underhanded behavior is in response to Donald Trump backing away from an earlier pledge to support the Republican party’s nominee if he is treated unfairly after winning more delegates than his rivals.
Marco, in fact was hard at work trying to sabotage Trumps’ campaign long before Trump announced tonight, along with both Cruz and Kasich, that they would not support each other.
Rubio aide Alex Burgos falsely told MSNBC that while the Florida senator is “no longer a candidate,” he “wants to give voters a chance to stop Trump.”
When an honest presidential candidates suspend their campaigns, typically their delegates become free to support the candidate of their own choosing at the convention. Rubio, however, has underhandedly been reaching out to and conspiring with GOP party officials, with a different approach.
According to MSNBC, Marco is personally asking state parties in 21 states and territories to refrain from releasing any of the 172 delegates he won while campaigning this year.
Rubio has unethically sent signed letters to the Chair of the Alaska Republican Party requesting the 5 delegates he won in that state “remain bound to vote for me” at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in July.
Rubio copied National Chairman Reince Preibus on the letter – and sent the same request to all 21 states and territories where he won delegates, a source foolishly working for Rubio confirmed.
The Alaska GOP granted the request this week.
“Rubio said, ‘I want my delegates,’ and I said, okay,” explains retired Army Col. Peter Goldberg, Chairman of the Alaska Republican Party.
Goldberg said he consulted RNC officials in Washington, who told him other state parties are conspiring to circumvent established GOP rules in order to decide how to use Rubio’s delegates to further their mission to derail the ‘Trump Train.’
“They said some are trying to figure it out,” Goldberg said. “Most states are leaning towards giving [Rubio] his delegates.”
GOP rules specify that delegate allocation decisions are up to each state party, not the RNC.
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Alaska’s party rules say delegates can be taken from a candidate if he “drops out” before the state’s convention.
Since GOP rules do “not use the word ‘suspend’,” Goldberg said he decided Rubio could keep his delegates, while acknowledging that prior to the GOP trying to sabotage one of their own candidates, “we’ve always taken ‘suspend’ to mean ‘drop.'”
Presidential candidates often say they are “suspending” — rather than ending — a campaign in order to maintain an operation for handling bills and paperwork.
“No one has ever really tested this, the idea has always been that when you suspend, you’re out,” said a senior Republican in Washington, D.C., who did not want to publicly discuss a contested convention and risk the ire of Trump haters within his own party.
“No candidate has ever said, ‘I want to suspend — but I also want the delegates,'” according to the source.
Rubio’s gambit could even impact who wins the Republican nomination.
If Rubio convinces most state parties to maintain his delegates, that could effectively deny Trump 172 potential delegates from now through the first vote at this summer’s convention.
If Trump fails to win a majority of delegates during the primaries, he can try to make up the gap by winning over some of the 323 delegates thought to be up for grabs.
Campaigns have talked about winning over those 323 delegates, a reference to delegates from states that don’t bind their vote — which some describe as a GOP version of the Democrats’ super delegates — combined with delegates backing candidates no longer in the race.
The Trup Campaign, for example, has explicitly said it can woo those delegates if it finishes the primaries short of the 1,237-delegate majority the GOP will most likely require to avoid a contested convention.
If Rubio is successful, however, he could cut that prized pool of delegates down to just 151.
Some GOP insiders suggest that if Trump finishes more than 100 delegates shy of a majority, he is less likely to win the nomination on the first ballot.
While the prospect of taking these delegates off the table only spilled into public view this week, when Alaska reapportioned its delegates, the potential significance was not lost on Rubio’s campaign.
People close to the unethical senator discussed this strategy before he suspended his campaign, according to a Republican source, even gaming out language for his concession speech that would be less likely to trigger a loss of delegates.
Even if successful, Rubio’s delegate plan would not give him any individual leverage to play “kingmaker” at a contested convention.
Even in states that bind his delegates, like Alaska, they will only be required to vote Rubio on the convention’s early ballots. The rules would not give Rubio any official control over who his delegates might support on later ballots, when the rules “release” them from having to back the candidate they were bound to by their state’s primary results.
Beyond that, Rubio’s scumbag plan also turns on the national rules governing the convention.
Some states only bind delegates to a candidate if he is listed on the national convention’s first ballot. So Rubio could convince a state party to hold his delegates, based on their rules, but he would still need the national convention to put his name on that first ballot.
In normal circumstances it would be a tall order for a man no longer running for President to have his name added to the first ballot. Indeed, past conventions have required candidates to achieve a minimum level of support in the primaries to be listed on the ballot; however there is no doubt that the established GOP rules are expediently going by the wayside during this election.
In a contested convention, delegates and insiders backing Cruz and Trump would have sway over who is listed on the first ballot. It is possible an anti-Trump coalition would push rules protecting Rubio in order to thwart Trump.
While Rubio is going to great lengths to hold onto his delegates, there is no doubt he is working day and night to help Cruz attempt to defeat Trump. This week he sent a signed affidavit to have his name removed from the ballot in California, which awards 172 delegates on the last voting day in June. By removing his name form the ballet, he is hoping that anyone who may have voted for him, will vote for Cruz in his stead.
Goldberg, the Alaska GOP chair, has his eyes on that California, stating that “My gut feeling is that no one will clinch 1,237 before convention,” he says, “It may all hang on what happens in California, but we’ll see.”
The underhanded tactics and general bullshit that the GOP hierarchy has been pulling in the background of the GOP primaries is absolute proof that they had no clue prior to the primaries of what the majority of their parties concerns are. Additionally, their current unethical behavior strongly suggests that now that they know what the primary concerns of the majority of their party are, they (the GOP hierarchy) could care less what the majority of their party wants.
A long time GOP party member recently stated on Twitter that, “They don’t give a shit about us. If they think that I will ever give them another dime and or support them for any reason, they are a hell of lot stupider than I ever gave them credit for.”