The arrogant contempt Tennessee Republican party establishment leaders have for the voters was on full display Saturday. The whole country watched as Ryan Haynes ham-handedly screwed candidates he did not like and placed “Trojan horse” delegates to represent Trump and Cruz against the vociferous opposition of those two camps. The event was so corrupt it even drew the attention of the national media, including NBC and CBS. Other outlets such as Breitbart, Real Clear Politics, the Washington Post and others turned their attention on the dishonest fiasco created by Haynes and his handlers. Google News listed 8,419 articles talking about what Haynes did.
In a nutshell, here’s what happened:
Cruz, Trump and Rubio all three earned delegates in the March 1st primary. Some delegates’ names were on the ballot and were elected that way. Another 14 delegates – all of which were assigned to the three candidates according to their percentage of votes received – were to be named by the state executive committee, chaired by Haynes.
Trump and Cruz submitted the names of individuals they trusted to fill those spots. Haynes & Co. said “screw you” and presented one slate (and one slate only) consisting of many hand-picked cronies of Haynes and the establishment.
When the Trump and Cruz camps protested, they were summarily rejected with pious and weasel-worded pronouncements from Haynes and his staff that boiled down to them saying they would do whatever they damned-well pleased.
The results created some delegate and alternate assignments that bordered on the perverse and farcical. Selected individuals who had openly supported other candidates, including some who had attacked Trump and/or Cruz on social media and elsewhere, were assigned to represent Trump and Cruz at the national convention. One SEC member who ran as a Rubio delegate in the primary but came in eleventh in her Congressional district, was named a Trump delegate. (See “Meet the Moles” in tomorrow’s Rocky Top).
Former Rep. Jim Cobb posed a very good, direct question to Haynes: “How did you select this slate of candidates? What criteria did you use?” Haynes immediately went into hyperspin mumbling vague rationales about party loyalty, party position, etc. that he appeared to have pulled straight out of his rear on the spot. He never came close to adequately answering Cobb’s question.
Having been confronted, Haynes then tried to play the victim card, whining that someone in the Trump camp had given out his cell phone number and that now he had to get a new phone. Oh, and for good measure, he claimed that he had received death threats.
To this, RTP says: “Bullcrap.”
First off, somewhere north of 1,000 people had Haynes’ cell phone number. Hell, every member of the Rocky Top crew had Haynes’ cell number. So every time young Ryan gets a new cell phone number and we find out what it is, we intend to publish it. Just what the Republican party needs – a chairman with an unlisted phone number.
And as for the death threats, how about you show us the police report you filled out, Ryan? Oh, wait, you didn’t report it?
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