According to Republican National Convention Delegate, Ivette Lozano, MD of Dallas, Texas “…the Republican Party just imploded…” this afternoon in Cleveland, Ohio after the Convention Chair announced, “The Ayes have it!” in regard to accepting the Rules Committee’s slate of rules, and denying delegates the right to vote their consciences for the Presidential nominee.
When viewing the video, one may wonder why the Chairman opted to call a vote when thousands of Delegates were shouting. There was absolutely no way he could accurately determine an outcome, yet he did.
Dr. Lozano recounted the breakfast meeting she attended this morning (Monday, July 18, 2016) where Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick spoke. After he revealed he wouldn’t be attending the convention and representing Texas, Patrick left the breakfast, and Lozano bolted after him to confront the elected official who seemed to want to be AWOL.
Requiring accountability, Lozano said to Patrick, “If you have a group of delegates that present you with a petition for a roll call vote [in hope of reversing the Rules Committee’s decision], it’s your job to take it to the mic at the convention.” She said that Patrick told her, “It’s not going to happen. We’ve already selected our Republican nominee. It’s done.” The doctor then demanded, “Then why am I here? Why did I spend thousands of dollars to get here if the nominee has already been determined?” The Northeast Texan was unable to reach Dan Patrick for comment.
Other grassroots activists attending the convention spoke with Patrick, who according to Lozano, then changed his tune, and told her that she had misunderstood him. Though, he claimed Texas didn’t have the numbers to bring the petition to the floor, Patrick agreed to attend the convention, and present the petition if seven other states gained the numbers to petition for a roll call vote, however he was not willing for Texas to lead in that fight. As soon as it was realized that enough states had the numbers for a petition, Lozano claimed men in hats descended on those delegates whom had signed the petition, and bullied them, and tried to get them to remove their names from the petition. They were successful in their plight. Expressing her disappointment in the Lt. Governor’s failure to lead, Lozano said, “Dan Patrick shut us down.”
It is now likely, according to Delegate Dwayne “Doc” Collins, a Veterinarian from Edom, Texas, that “Trump will probably be our candidate.” Collins also saw various political games afoot and agreed, “There’s a lot of jockeying going on. I’ve had my political eyes opened.”
As for Doc Collins, he stated that he had signed the petition for a roll call vote, which would have unbound delegates, and freed them to vote their consciences in each vote for the Presidential Nominee. He did not remove his signature from the petition.
Collins explained that delegates were told that if the petition had passed, it could have required another four hours, to four days of the process, which would have created layover issues. Doc didn’t fall for that excuse; but did say that he did not believe Ted Cruz had enough votes at that point to secure the nomination. Another concern was that the party would appear to be more divided, had the petition passed. Of course, things seem pretty divided, as it is.
Immediately following the petition’s decline, entire state delegations from Colorado and Iowa got up and left the floor, leaving empty seats for reporters to photograph. Iowa returned a few minutes later, although at the time of this posting, most Iowans were not in attendance.
According to a conversation Collins had with Patrick, “Trump is allowing himself to be molded by us. Trump is listening.” There is even excited, yet tentative talk about income tax reform that would allow people to fill out their returns on a simple postcard.
Cruz is scheduled to speak later this week. Donald Trump’s wife, Melania, is slated as tonight’s special speaker.