Beau Correll is a national GOP delegate from Virginia who has sued to invalidate a Virginia law that says he has to vote for the candidate who won the Virginia primary.
Eight other national Virginia delegates are intervening in the lawsuit to defend the requirement that they are bound. I am one of the eight. The hearing is tomorrow.
This lawsuit filed by Mr. Correll is baseless and represents the epitome of arrogance. It’s a self-aggrandizing, egomaniacal publicity stunt with no foundation and no chance of success.
Mr. Correll knew the rules when he voluntary ran for Republican National Delegate at his district convention. The Supreme Court has already said delegates’ votes can be bound because becoming a delegate is a voluntary act (Ray v. Blair).
Courts do not like changing election laws on the eve of elections. So it is unlikely the court will strike down the law.
Mr. Correll must not understand how the convention will work. He isn’t personally going to cast a vote on the first round ballot. Instead, the convention secretary will record Virginia’s votes in the aggregate. So he won’t even vote. There is nothing for him to complain about.
The Virginia presidential primary had already been decided, and Beau knew Mr. Trump won with 36 percent of the vote, and he was well aware the of the delegate allocation when he ran.
Now he wants to change the rules after the fact.
Beau wants to defy the will of over 1,000,000 voters who participated in Super Tuesday’s GOP presidential primary. Over 350,000 of those Virginia voters selected Donald Trump to be their nominee over 16 other candidates on the ballot. A record 14,000,000 Republican primary voters said the same thing across the country. All of sudden Mr. Correll is smarter than over 350,000 Virginians and 14,000,000 Republican primary voters nationwide?
I guess Ken Cuccinelli now has a rival for who thinks he is the smartest person in Virginia.
John Fredericks is a syndicated radio talk show host, a delegate to the Republican National Convention, and Vice Chairman of the Virginia Trump for President Campaign.