Apr 27, 2016 8:05 PM GMT
A GOP activist sued the Republican National Committee and others claiming they conspired to strip Florida voters of their right to choose...
...the conservative group Freedom Watch — filed his lawsuit in the Leon County Circuit Court.
Those named as defendants include GOP chairman Reince Priebus, the Republican Party of Florida, its chairman Blaise Ingoglia, and Florida's Secretary of State. Ken Detzner.
...claims "The defendants fraudulently held out to Florida voters and the public at large that their votes cast at the Florida Republican Presidential Primary would be counted and not nullified in nominating a presidential candidate."
"In fact, defendants are conspiring to make delegates free to disregard the popular vote and support whichever candidate they desire after the first ballot of the Republican National Convention," the complaint says...
...the state's 99 delegates — who were secured by candidate Donald Trump in the March 15, winner-take-all primary election — are bound by party rules to support Trump through three ballots at the convention.
...after the third such tally, Florida delegates would then be free to support whoever they wish.
...Worried about how unbound delegates might stray from their candidate, the billionaire real estate mogul's supporters in several states have made menacing phone calls to party officials, demanding that their delegates support Trump.
...Florida Statute 103.101(1): "Any party rule directing the vote of delegates at national nominating conventions shall reasonably reflect the results of the presidential preference primary, if one is held."
Klayman says he's hopeful that his lawsuit will set a precedent for Republican voters in other states to take similar actions.