RNC delegate files lawsuit in order to avoid voting for Trump

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US presidential nominee Donald Trump arrives by helicopter to Turnberry hotel and gold resort on June 23, 2016 in Turnberry,Scotland. Mr Trump arrived to officially open his Trump Turnberry resort which has undergone an eight month refurbishment as part of an investment thought to be worth in the region of two hundred million pounds. . (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (CNN) — A delegate to the Republican National Convention has filed a lawsuit against Virginia officials as part of a long-shot attempt to avoid voting for Donald Trump this summer in Cleveland.

Carroll Correll is suing Virginia election officials in federal court, arguing that his right to free speech is infringed upon by legal requirements that he cast his ballot for Trump. His suit comes as efforts to unbind delegates and subvert Trump at the convention intensify, though remain very unlikely to succeed.

Correll is bound to vote for Trump on the first ballot at the convention. Trump won Virginia’s primary on Super Tuesday.

“Correll believes that Donald Trump is unfit to serve as President of the United States and that voting for Donald Trump would therefore violate Correll’s conscience,” the complaint reads. “Accordingly, Correll will not vote for Donald Trump on the first ballot, or any other ballot, at the national convention. He will cast his vote on the first ballot, and on any additional ballots, for a candidate whom he believes is fit to serve as President.”

Anti-Trump Republicans are exhausting every possible step to nominate someone who is not Trump, with the most recent effort being television ads that encourage delegates to vote their “conscience.”

But the Rules Committee at the Republican convention is stocked with party stalwarts, and ousting Trump would require a series of extraordinary changes to the RNC nomination rules.

Several delegates have led an effort to create enough pressure to permit a majority of Republican delegates to vote however they choose. But their path is uphill, in part due to the make-up of the committee announced this week.

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4 comments

  • Cathy

    So in other words, these delegates wish to totally ignore the wishes of the people they are supposed to represent. Maybe the people need to sue the delegates for derelict of duty.

    • Chris

      That is exactly what they would be doing, Cathy, and in turn should have a lawsuit filed against them. I find it interesting that these particular Republicans are so upset and yet every candidate they put up failed miserably at attempts of a nomination. They truly need to look at themselves.

      • susy Simmons

        They rather have Hilary as president so they can keep things just the way they are, Trump might upset their apple cart. It’s all about them they don’t care what are who the american people voted for.

  • Lisa

    Carroll Correll must resign as a delegate to the Repiblican convention on the basis that he will not follow the will of the people. So much for upholding the US Constitution. I don’t care about Correll’s “conscience.” I care about my vote which, quite obviously, means nothing to Correll. If he doesn’t resign as delegate, he should be disqualified and replaced. Rigged political system? What a joke it is in both parties. We the People count for NOTHING thanks to people like this.