Lawsuit Filed Against Republican National Committee On Question Of Bound Delegates

A lawsuit has been filed by delegates elected to the Republican National Convention against the Republican National Committee and the chairmen of the Republican Parties in various states and U.S. territories.  The suit is asking an opinion from the court on whether or not a delegate elected to the national convention is truly bound to a candidate per the state Republican Party’s rules and state law.

Two interesting names show up on the suit:  Sahar Hekmati and Cheryl Dalton–both elected as delegates to the national by the convention held by the 13th Congressional district which was nullified by the state convention.  I’m not sure if the 13th district has held its “do-over” convention yet under the supervision of the GAGOP or who was elected as delegates and alternates to the national convention if said convention took place, but it would make me wonder if these two could be a party to the lawsuit if the convention where they were elected was declared null and void.  If someone has information regarding the 13th district, please leave it in the comments.

Another thing to ponder would be if the “winner-take-all” system for the electoral college and the “faithless elector” laws some states have on the books could be challenged if this case actually goes to court.

::UPDATED:: According to a couple of the commenters, the 13th Congressional District will be holding their “do-over” convention on Tuesday, June 19th at 7:00 p.m. at the Lithia Christian Center, 2548 Vulcan Dr., Lithia Springs, GA 30122.  Thanks for the info.

::UPDATE 2:: Sahar Hekmati emailed me a copy of her appeal memorandum of the state convention’s nullification of the 13th Congressional District’s convention to the RNC.

17 comments

  1. troutbum70 says:

    And so it begins with the Ron Paul crowd willing to do anything to move their man forward.

    • Jimmie says:

      The GOP will eventually be cleaned up and straightened out. RRoO were not followed very well in many Counties and State Conventions. There are many videos to prove the case. ….How bout instead of adhering to the RRoO and having GOP Rules, why don’t the State Party leaders all meet at Jekyll Island and outright pick the GOP nominee. The charade the States have set up with the Primaries and Delegate process is ridiculous. Let the corrupt fat cats pick the Party puppet. Save everyone the 100’s of dollars spent attending the conventions. Newt, Rick and the rest (except Paul, of course), wouldn’t have to go Millions in campaign debt, spending money they don’t have.

          • troutbum70 says:

            Jimmie, I can understand your frustration about counties and districts not following RRoO’s too well. The problem you have is that you sometimes wind up with Chairmen or people running the convention that really don’t know it well enough to not get caught off guard. Mike Royal was the saving grace in Gwinnett for the County Convention. If not for him, the county might have been in the same situation as the 13th but on a county level. People who decide to run for board positions also have to be willing to take these things seriously even though it’s a volunteer position.

            • Jimmie says:

              You couldn’t pay me to be the Chair at the Conventions. Is ignorance of the rules a valid excuse? At times it allowed for bullying. Whether it was orchestrated is another thing. Who knows. The County I was at, was not very smooth, and the Rules were not followed. The District was run very well. The State, well, most of us seen what happened at the State. The Section 1021 situation, while non-binding, was a perfect example of it. I’m not party to this lawsuit, but I understand how many could feel they were wronged.

    • jstjoan says:

      To expound on this, the 13th District replacement convention will be held Tuesday, June 19th at 7:00 p.m. at the Lithia Christian Center, 2548 Vulcan Dr., Lithia Springs, GA 30122

      • jstjoan says:

        How is that Sahar Hekmati (who is named of page 4 of the suit) or any other delegate to the National Convention from the 13th District can have standing in this suit when the convention was nullified thereby making them no longer a delegate?

          • jstjoan says:

            As a matter of fact, Sahar Hekmati was never a delegate or an alternate prior to the 13th District Convention. She was summarily rejected in both categories at the Henry County Convention and attended the 13th District Convention as a guest. The only delegate status she had was revoked when the 13th District Convention was nullified.

            • Nathan says:

              As far as I know, I believe you don’t necessarily have to be a delegate or an alternate to the district or state convention in order to be elected to the national convention (unless the convention rules specify otherwise). You could conceivably be a guest or absent and be nominated for a position as a delegate or alternate, but you would not be able to address the convention or be in areas designated for delegates and alternates. The reason the convention was nullified was blatant disregard of the rules.

              • jstjoan says:

                I understand that. I’m only questioning her standing in this suit since at no point prior to that convention was she a delegate (or alternate) nor is she a delegate now. The only delegate status she had was nullified.

  2. joe says:

    So if I read this right, the original appeal at the state convention was that Hekmati had, in effect, stolen the 13th GOP meeting, and had refused to seat elected delegates. Her appeal appears to be that somebody at the state level failed to dot every “i” and cross every “t”.

    I didn’t see anything in the appeal that implied that the 13th meeting was held properly.

  3. Julie Camp says:

    “Plaintiffs allege that in almost every state in the United States Defendants engaged in a scheme to intimidate and harass Delegates who were supporting a Candidate that Defendants did not approve of. This harassment included the use of violence, intimidating demands that Delegates sign affidavits under penalty of perjury with the threat of criminal prosecution for perjury as well as financial penalties and fines if the Delegate fails to vote as instructed by Defendants rather than vote the Delegate’s” Hun? They must have been at a different convention than I was. The Ron Paul people were very ugly to those that do not support Paul.

  4. Julie Camp says:

    “Plaintiffs allege that in almost every state in the United States Defendants engaged in a scheme to intimidate and harass Delegates who were supporting a Candidate that Defendants did not approve of. This harassment included the use of violence, intimidating demands that Delegates sign affidavits under penalty of perjury with the threat of criminal prosecution for perjury as well as financial penalties and fines if the Delegate fails to vote as instructed by Defendants rather than vote the Delegate’s” Hun? They must have been at a different convention than I was. The Ron Paul people were very ugly to those that do not support Paul.

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