Republican Delegates to the 2016 Republican National Convention Could Be Unbound

The Conservative Papers has obtained a report from Curly Haugland, a National Committeeman for the RNC (Republican National Committee) discussing whether the votes of delegates to the GOP convention are bound to a candidate or whether a delegate can vote based on conscience.

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Contents of the letter:

March 11, 2016

Fellow Republican National Committee Members,

NEWS FLASH: All Republican Delegates to the 2016 Republican National Convention are Unbound!

As most of you know, I have been defending the right of the delegates to the Republican National Convention to vote according to their personal choice in all matters to come before the Republican National Convention, including the vote to nominate the Republican Candidate for President, for several years.

Here is something I recently discovered that most of us did not know, including me!

Binding delegates to the results of presidential preference primaries first appeared in the Rules of the Republican Party in 1976.

I write about this in the next chapter of my “Owner’s Manual for Delegates” entitled “Spinning Straw Into Gold”.

“Select, allocate and bind. The fraudulent addition of these three words to the Rules of the Republican Party in the 2008 Convention, as detailed in Chapter One, is the political equivalent of “spinning straw into gold”.

Without the use of force to bind the votes of delegates to the results of the primary process, primaries are nearly worthless “beauty contests”.

This chapter explores the history of “binding” in the Republican presidential nomination process, and reveals some stunning facts.

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Delegates have been bound only once in the history of the Republican Party. In 1976, the Ford campaign, afraid of losing “pledged” delegates to Reagan forces and having the strength of delegate numbers needed, forced the adoption of the “Justice Resolution” which amended the convention rules to bind the delegates to cast their convention votes according to the results of binding primaries.

This historic event was the first convention in the history of the Republican Party where the delegates were denied the freedom to vote as they wished in the nomination vote for President. And, 1976 was also the last time delegates have been bound by convention rules to cast their votes according to the results of binding primary elections, since the 1980 convention rescinded the Justice Resolution entirely restoring the prohibition of binding.

This history has huge implications for 2016, since it calls attention to the fact that the convention rules of the Republican Party do not bind delegates to cast their votes according to the results of binding primaries.

Therefore, as “spinning straw into gold” is to primaries, “Rumplestiltskin” is to conventions. Delegates to the 2016 convention are not bound.”

Before you rush to ask “what does the Counsel”s Office say about this” I offer this statement from that office:

“One of the important rules changes over the last 50 years has been the unit rule prohibited…that change was made so that an individual delegate can vote his or her conscience.” (transcript, RNC Standing Committee on the Rules, January 19, 2006 pp 93-94)

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That statement was made by Tom Josefiak to the members of the RNC Rules Committee as part of an orientation session for Rules Committee members. Mr. Josefiak was part of a panel of expert presenters that also included Ben Ginsberg, Mike Duncan, and Morton Blackwell. The meeting was presided over by David Norcross, chairman of the RNC Rules Committee.

And, the rule Mr. Josefiak referred to is current Rule 38, Unit Rule.

That’s right. Every delegate to the 2016 Republican National Convention is a completely free agent, free to vote for the candidate of their choice on every ballot at the convention in Cleveland in July. Every delegate is a Superdelegate!

In Chapter One, I discussed the fraudulent process that was employed to insert the words “select, allocate and bind” into the section of the Rules of the Republican Party that deal with the election of delegates to the national convention.

The rest of the chapter, Spinning Straw Into Gold, will provide much more detail to expose the actors and the methods that have been employed over the past several presidential nominations to Spin Straw Into Gold by stealing the right to choose the party’s presidential nominee and transferring that right to the Political Industrial Complex who have turned primaries into gold.

We are the Republican National Committee, this has been done on our watch and there is nothing we can do about it until the 2016 convention.

What happens then is an open question that can only be answered by the delegates that will constitute the highest authority of the Republican Party of the United States, the Republican National Convention of 2016.

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Curly Haugland

Republican National Committeeman for North Dakota

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  1. The GOP primary should have been closed to Republicans only. It will be a PR nightmare now to nominate anyone other than Cruz or Trump whom also by the way are the only two that qualify based on the 8 state rule. Its a bit too late to nominate anyone else without a PR nightmare possible so upsetting to our divided party it could end the GOP party altogether.

    Delegates are chosen to represent the state’s interests, these delegates are supposed to take their cue from the voters who cast ballots during their states primaries and caucuses.

    • There is an interesting point to note about Rule 40(b) or the 8 state rule that you mentioned. It has been said that according to that rule, so far only Cruz qualifies to be on the ballot since he is the only one to have won a majority of the delegates in at least 8 states. Trump has won more states, but only by getting a plurality of the delegates and not a majority as the rule states.

      Rule 40(b) is an official rule of the Republican Party. As adopted in August 2012, it requires a candidate for the Republican nomination for president to be able to demonstrate support from a majority of delegates in at least eight individual states in order to have his or her name placed on the nominating ballot at the 2016 Republican National Convention.

    • BTW, a PR nightmare is a preferable alternative to the destruction of our republic that both Hillary or Lyin’ Donald would bring about. The GOP is already on its way to destruction as there has been a mass exodus of conservatives leaving the GOP today and registering for other political parties. Trump has succeeded in being the Trojan horse candidate that has infiltrated the Republican party and is tearing it apart.

      • Its a lose lose situation now, the goal has to be keeping Hillary out of the Whitehouse. If she is elected 11 M illegals will get amnesty the border will remain wide open for illegals and Syrian jihadist. The GOP will have to lean so far left to ever win an election again if she wins that Barack Obama could ran as a Republican. With Trump who knows what will happen, he will have to give in on his campaign promises if he wants a second term, he is a FAR better option that Hillary for that reason alone.

        • The situation is dire, but which Democrat is better? On many issues, Trump is actually to the left of Hillary. Both will grant amnesty and rule by executive order. So, there is no difference there.

          Hillary Clinton at least mentions the Constitution even if she does not adhere to it. Trump doesn’t know or talk about the Constitution at all.

          You are right. Obama could run as a Republican. However, he could do that now and would be more conservative than Trump.

          The only chance America has is for the GOP to nominate someone else. Otherwise, we have to unite around a third party candidate.

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