Delegates to the 2016 Republican convention “actually own the rights to control the convention, but most of them don’t know it. They’re convinced they have no choice. They get lied to all the time.”
That’s the inside baseball assessment of Curly Haugland, the longtime Republican National Committee (RNC) member from North Dakota. Haugland served on the Rules Committee for the 2012 GOP convention and for the RNC itself. He pleads, “Don’t hate me because I love the rules.”
Haugland has long been an advocate of an open convention that can nominate a presidential ticket by a free will decision of the delegates. He believes delegates will not be bound to vote for Trump or any other candidate no matter primary or caucus results, or state party “unit rules” that prohibit delegates from voting independently. Haugland’s views bring to mind how congressmen are elected. Despite promises to oppose or support this issue or that, once on Capitol Hill the representatives of the people are only bound by their conscience.
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