June 19, 2012
Santa Ana, CA. – Last week, 123 Republican convention delegates from seven western states filed suit with the 9th circuit federal court seeking an opinion from the court that would free them from their bound pledge to vote for Mitt Romney and instead allow them to vote their own personal opinions. The delegates who support Ron Paul, but many of which are bound to support Mitt Romney, also sued the RNC, its chairman and all seven GOP state chairs within the 9th circuit.
The 2012 Republican Party nominating convention will be held August 27, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. Any court ruling would have to come before that date to have any impact. Currently, the 123 plaintiffs insist they are the victims of intimidation at the hands of GOP leaders and officials who they claim are coercing them into supporting Mitt Romney over their personal objections.
As reported by Courthouse News Service, the complaint states, ‘Plaintiffs come to Federal Court to seek the guidance of the court regarding the federal question as to whether plaintiffs are free to vote their conscience on the first and all ballots at the federal election known as the Republican National Convention, or whether plaintiffs are bound to vote for a particular candidate as instructed by defendants’ state party bylaws, or state laws, or the preference of political operatives seeking affidavits of loyalty to a particular candidate under penalty of perjury.”