Patrick tells GOP to stick with voters’ choice
By Ian White
DAN PATRICK, the state’s lieutenant governor, threw down a challenge to Republican Party leaders this week, challenging them not to interfere with ordinary voters’ presidential-nomination wishes at this year’s party convention.
And he weighed into party insiders, warning them: “People are disgusted with those Washington elites who anoint themselves the power brokers on all things in our country. As conservatives, we believe it is the people who are the power brokers. The Washington cartel will not prevail.”
Patrick, left, who will be a delegate at the convention in Cleveland, Ohio, in July, said he “will draw a line in the sand and stand up for the voice of the people” if the party “establishment” attempts during the event to nominate anyone other than Ted Cruz or Donald Trump as the party’s nominee for November’s presidential election.
“Talk is escalating among some in our party suggesting there may be ways to ignore the will of the people in selecting the Republican presidential nominee and instead inject new candidates into the process. It is time for that talk to stop,” he said on Friday.
“The Republican primary voters have spoken and are continuing to speak in primaries all across the country.”
The second-highest-ranking member of the state’s executive, who chairs the Ted Cruz For President campaign in Texas, declared: “At this point, only two candidates, senator Ted Cruz and Donald Trump, have a legitimate path to the nomination. If neither reaches 1,237 delegates before the convention, I will work to rally support for Ted Cruz’s nomination and fight any effort to disrupt the process by injecting an illegitimate candidate into the mix.”
He continued: “The idea that party bosses would try to undermine the will of the people and ignore the people’s choice is outrageous and is precisely why these candidates have attracted the majority of voters’ support throughout the primary process.
“If anyone else is chosen, the Cruz-Trump voters will lose all confidence in the primary nomination process and may not come back to vote in November. At that point, Hillary Clinton and the Democrats prevail.
“I invite other principled conservative leaders, both in Texas and across the nation, to reject parliamentary sabotage and other half-baked strategies and join with me in fighting to make sure the will of Republican primary voters is upheld in our convention this summer.”