120 Republican Delegates Sue GOP, Claim They are Coerced Into Voting for Romney
Over 120 delegates and counting are livid over the fact that they feel they are being pushed into supporting Mitt Romney at the Republican National Convention. They believe that illegal coercion has been used to get them to support Romney and they are suing to be “unbound” so they can support another candidate.
A federal lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in California, is requesting the delegates be free to “vote their conscience,” instead of following the party’s mandate. The convention takes place in August in Tampa, Florida. In addition to the original 120, another 40 delegates have asked to join the lawsuit. Most of them support Ron Paul.
Those involved in the suit say that there is “evidence that the voting rights of Ron Paul Republican delegates and voters … have been violated by nearly every state GOP party and the RNC during the 2012 primary election phase.”
The delegates are claiming that they were forced to sign loyalty affidavits, which threaten them with perjury if they do not support Mitt Romney.
“They don’t want to be bound to any candidate, or even be forced to vote for the nominee,” said Richard Gilbert, of Gilbert & Marlowe, attorney for the delegates. “To have a real convention, the delegates must have free will so that when they meet, they can persuade each other and then decide who to vote for.”
The lawsuit also accuses the GOP of using racketeering-like tactics to push for Romney as the candidate.
“The Republican National Committee and its chairman have been aiding the Governor Romney campaign for at least six months,” the lawsuit asserts. “The RNC and its chairman, defendant Reince Priebus, have … combined with a particular candidate with all of the aid the RNC can possibly, but improperly give … to obstruct, intimidate and harass delegates from voting their conscience.”
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