To sum up why I now object to a Convention:
Ken Cuccinelli was branded a far right wing extremist while he was Attorney General.
Ken Cuccinelli convinced the State Central Committee to change the already settled nomination process from a primary to a convention in 2013.
Other potential contenders backed out in 2013, leaving Cuccinelli as the only GOP candidate for Governor.
Ken Cuccinelli lost to one of the worst possible candidates, Terry McAuliffe.
Ken Cuccinelli proved that Virginia will never elect a far right winger to a statewide office.
Ken Cuccinelli was Ted Cruz’ Virginia Campaign Chairman in the presidential primary.
Ken Cuccinelli presided over a distant third place finish for his far right wing candidate.
Ken Cuccinelli proved once again that a far right winger cannot win statewide office in Virginia.
Ken Cuccinelli proceeded to commandeer the Virginia State Republican Convention and stacked the Delegates with people who had vowed to never support the nominee that won Virginia.
Ken Cuccinelli took his stacked Virginia Delegates to the National Convention where they tried to avoid casting the votes for the Virginia nominee that they had pledged to cast. They were bound to cast their votes in proportion to the votes cast by Virginia Republicans in the primary.
Ken Cuccinelli tried to get the delegates released from these bound votes and failed.
Ken Cuccinelli then attempted to change the rules for future conventions to make it easier for him to exploit the rules. And he failed.
Ken Cuccinelli demanded that it be put to a vote. The votes against his rules changes were the loudest and the rule changes were defeated.
Ken Cuccinelli then tried to force a “Roll Call” vote where every delegate would be required to vote on the rules Cuccinelli wanted to change. This would take hours, disrupt the entire convention and the result would have been the same.
Ken Cuccinelli’s efforts to blow up the entire convention and generate much negative publicity and damage the Party Nominee failed.
Ken Cuccinelli acted like a petulant child and threw down his credentials and stormed out, causing embarrassment to the entire state of Virginia and the Republican Party on National TV.
I have labeled Ken Cuccinelli and his followers the Christian Taliban. These are people who refuse to vote for anyone other than a fellow Christian Taliban member. Cuccinelli has opened a lot of people’s eyes, especially the members of the State Central Committee, as to just how easy it is to allow a few people to take over a Convention and nearly pull a coup and force their candidate, who was thoroughly defeated in the primary, on the Party.
I often hear complaints from Republicans, mainly those who lost in a primary, that we can’t have an open primary and allow Democrats to potentially influence the GOP pick.
Well, the dirty little secret is that Conventions are even more fraught with danger of a minority of the delegates overruling the will of the majority. Apartheid is alive and well at Republican Conventions.
After watching the embarrassing and childish behavior of these Christian Taliban cultists screaming and acting like 2 year olds on National TV, I was so appalled at what I saw I made a vow to take a 180 degree change and support Primaries over Conventions until we can come up with a fix for this “Cuccinelli Exploit”.
Once that is accomplished, I will gladly go back to being a convention supporter, but not until.
I know there was a deal made to support a Convention, but the “Cuccinelli Exploit” hadn’t happened then.
I believe this “Cuccinelli Exploit” releases anyone and everyone from this deal. Especially in light of the behavior of those who are screaming to “honor” this deal. It is ironic that these same people are the very ones who refused to honor their binding oath to cast their vote for the winning candidate.
But hypocrisy seems to be something else the Christian Taliban are very good at.
And SCC member that votes for another Convention before the rules can be changed to prevent the “Cuccinelli Exploit” deserves to be voted out.
Slating and the “Cuccinelli Exploit” have no place in the Virginia GOP. They always divide the party.
Do the right thing. Be the leaders you were elected to be. Vote Primary until the “Cuccinelli Exploit” is fixed.