Two top Wisconsin Republicans with significant roles in this month’s GOP national convention are splitting with their state’s highest profile politicians, House Speaker Paul Ryan and Gov. Scott Walker, in an internal fight over how delegates should vote at the gathering.
The Wisconsin GOP activists, Steve King and Mary Buestrin, wrote a letter Friday calling an effort by party rebels to let delegates vote for any presidential candidate “an attempt to disenfranchise the 14 million Republican primary voters who voted for Donald Trump and destroy our chances to win in November.”
The letter was sent to members of the convention’s rules committee, on which both serve. It was obtained by The Associated Press.
They wrote that the effort is “destined to fail” and is “playing right into the hands of the liberal mainstream media and their goal of tearing down the Republican Party and electing Hillary Clinton as president.”
A group of renegade delegates and other GOP activists want delegates pledged to specific candidates be allowed to back anyone they want at the Cleveland convention. They seem likely to lose.