The news swirling around Colorado’s Republican delegate system had been confusing and upsetting.
Many pro-Trump delegates were denied the right to participate in the process, while voters were completely ignored.
Now, thanks to social media, we are learning that Colorado almost had a chance to change the system for the better, until Cruz killed it.
According to Breitbart:
In May of 2015, four Colorado Senate Republicans killed an initiative “to create a presidential primary in 2016,” reported the Denver Post. “Under the bill, Colorado would have held a presidential primary in March that ran parallel with the state’s complicated caucus system… when it came before the Senate Appropriations Committee, four Republicans voted to kill the bill with three Democrats supporting it.”
Those four horsemen are better known as Sen. Kevin Grantham, Sen. Kent Lambert, Sen. Laura Woods, and Sen. Jerry Sonnenberg. Grantham and Lambert are Cruz supporters, called members of his “Colorado Leadership Team,” according to his website.
In fact, Grantham is an official Cruz delegate and Lambert is an alternate. Hmm, so they squashed a bill that would give voters the right to participate in the election, just before their buddy ran for President. Sound suspicious? Because it is.
At the time, the editors of the Denver Post seemed perplexed by Grantham’s decision not to support the primary election initiative. In a May 2015 editorial titled, “Colorado GOP flubs chance for 2016 presidential primary,” the editors write: “What? Grantham was a sponsor of the bill. If he thought the bill made enough sense to put his name on it, why wouldn’t he think it should be passed out of committee?”
Now we know Cruz’s buddies were protecting his interests. It’s rare to find politicians who have enough foresight to plan ahead a year’s time. Now we know they can, when it comes to helping themselves and their cronies.
Donald Trump has weighed in on the issue, stating that there is an effort to manipulate the delegate system, using deceptive practices.
In a Wall Street Journal op-ed last week, Trump addressed the Colorado controversy. Trump said that delegates are “supposed to reflect the decisions of voters.” Indeed, for many years now, delegates have largely been seen as an honorary position for Party loyalists and household names in local districts. Yet in recent months, there has been increasing discussion about serious efforts to recruit “Trojan horse delegates,” who would cast off their honorary titles and actually choose a nominee based on their own personal whims.
This kind of trickery violates the democratic principles upon which our nation was founded. When the will of voters is denied due to “Trojan horse delegates,” or states that prevent legislation to help their buddies, what kind of country have we become?