June 23, 2016

HARD TO BELIEVE HE WOULDN'T WELCOME A RESCUE AT THIS POINT:

Trump's stumbles fuel convention delegate revolt : Staff shakeups and fundraising shortfalls have emboldened Trump's GOP critics to pursue a bid to block his nomination. (KYLE CHENEY and ALEX ISENSTADT 06/22/16, Politico)

Throughout Tuesday, as Trump's campaign sought to quash concerns about his anemic fundraising and decision to fire campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, anti-Trump delegates seized on glimmers of hope.

First, they snagged the endorsement of former U.S. Sen. Gordon Humphrey, who told POLITICO he'll work full-time to help encourage New England delegates to rebel against Trump and to connect his allies with mid-level GOP fundraisers who can sustain their push through the convention. Later, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker endorsed one of their preferred methods for stopping Trump: freeing all 2,472 Republican National Convention delegates to vote their conscience, rather than abiding by rules and state laws that bind them to support Trump.

"Delegates are and should be able to vote the way they see fit," Walker said, according to an Associated Press account.

At the same time, Saul Anuzis, a top adviser to Ted Cruz's former presidential campaign who has long dismissed attempts to unhorse Trump, floated the notion that a Walker/Cruz ticket would provide the only political mix to tempt conservative delegates away from Trump at the convention.

Delegates leading the stop-Trump efforts have largely been coordinated by New Jersey's Steve Lonegan -- a former Cruz adviser -- and Colorado's Kendal Unruh, a delegate serving on the convention's rules committee, a 112-member body that will set the terms of convention's nomination process. They've arranged two conference calls in the past week, including one on Sunday in which organizers claimed nearly 400 convention delegates and alternates participated. Another is scheduled for this weekend.

His defeat is going to be so comprehensive and humiliating you'd think he must want out.  Especially if he can whine about being betrayed.



Posted by at June 23, 2016 4:50 PM

  

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