Corruption has been baked into the political pie since George Washington told the world about it in his second farewell address. He called it “the problem of the factions” which meant the political parties which meant the politicians. Look at the Colorado example of how none of the Registered Republican voters were purposely locked out of the vote for a 2016 Presidential Candidate. PA is different and perhaps Colorado is different too but those are differences without a distinction. Each of the two Parties are pools of scheming stinking corruption. Trump is over-throwing the non-Constitutional political election system which is designed along the lines of a Stalin Phony Election or one like a Corrupt Banana Republic. Decency and fairness have nothing to do with it. It’s corrupt all the way down and all the way up because it’s run by crooks and Trump has waded into this corrupt swamp and is draining it.
Here are the rules set up by the Pennsylvania GOP:
- 54 of the Commonwealth’s 71 delegates to the Republican National Convention will be directly elected (their names appear on the ballot) in a LOOPHOLE type primary, in which delegates are elected separately from a presidential preference. Each of the 18 Congressional District is allocated 3 delegates (54 = 18 districts × 3 delegates/district). Rule 8.4 of the Republican State Committee of Pennsylvania’s Rules states that all delegates elected by Congressional District “…shall run at large within the Districts and shall not be officially committed to any particular candidate on the ballot.”.
- 17 (10 base at-large delegates plus 4 bonus delegates plus 3 RNC delegates) of the Commonwealth’s 71 delegates to the Republican National Convention delegates are bound for the 1st ballot to the candidate who receives the most votes in the Pennsylvania Presidential Primary. The delegates are released if the candidate withdraws, suspends, or terminates his/her campaign or publicly releases his/her delegates. [Rule 8.3]
If you think that the 54 delegates should represent the will of their constituents and vote for the majority elected candidate, then you would be well advised to try to find out: who they are; try to find a telephone number to call them; try to call them and see if they will even talk to you about their position or the candidate for whom they will vote in the Convention then try to pitch or lobby them for the candidate you support. The chances of talking to them is slim. and your chance of getting them to support the candidate you support is even more slim. So Good Luck with all that. Despite the Rules, some are pre-committed to a particular candidate. In any event, you decide what delegate to vote for at the April 26 primary date, — if you can find out who they are before going to the polls to vote.
Most of the delegates themselves hold elected positions/ Some are up for election in the April primary and the November general election. It would be prudent to remind them that if they choose not to support the will of the voters at the GOP convention, they may not expect your vote when they run for their personal elected positions.
For example, in the 8th Congressional District which includes Bucks County and gerryrigged parts of Montgomery and Phila. counties, there are three Republican delegates who will win from seven running. Three are endorsed by the Bucks County Executive. Of the three, only one, Commissioner Loughery has pledged to support the winner of the 8th Congressional district Presidential Primary on April 26th. One of the seven will vote for Cruz even if trump gets 100% of the vote. Two of the delegate candidates, Casper and Shute who are not endorsed will support the winner of the district. How corrupt, convoluted and Byzantine a system is that??
The following table states the delegates up for votes at the April 26 primary, including their stance for the May GOP convention, by individual Congressional district. The information was current approximately 12 days ago: