Monday, July 18, 2016
Arizona delegate denied convention credentials
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — Lori Hack of Peoria, Arizona who vowed to vote her conscience and vote against presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump at this week's GOP national convention so far has been unable to get her yanked delegate credentials restored.
Graham previously notified Hack that he considered her public refusal to pledge support to Trump on the first ballot, as required by state law and party rules, to be her de facto resignation as an Arizona delegate.
She showed up anyway at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel in this Cleveland suburb at 9 a.m. to claim her credentials along with the rest of Arizona's delegation. After state party officials refused her request, saying her name was not on their list, Hack demanded to speak with Arizona Republican Party Chairman Robert Graham.
"Can you get Robert Graham, please?" Hack said. "Can you text him your phone, please? Or call him? ... I need answers. I am a delegate from Arizona."
After several minutes of back-and-forth questions about who compiled the Arizona GOP's list, Hack hand-wrote a message to Graham.
Asked about what happens now, Hack said she has a few more steps to take. She wouldn't elaborate.
Later, Graham shrugged off Hack's complaints in a brief interview with The Arizona Republic and azcentral.com. He said he is confident there's nothing she can do to get her credentials back.
"She is misleading the entire nation by saying she went through some process to restore her credentials," Graham said. "And I feel badly for her, because I feel that the (so-called "Free the Delegates") movement is using her to make some noise." Source AZ Central
Posted by Barbara at 12:01 PM