Thursday, April 14, 2016

Meet Your Anti-Trump Indiana Republican Delegates To The National Convention

Indiana Republicans made sure their delegates to the Republican National Convention this year will be filled with a bunch of nominal Republicans who care principally about their government jobs, contracts and lobbying interests as opposed to any ideological leanings towards the Republican Party. By my count, Trump can rely upon one vote at a contested national convention, and that's Rex Early, former state party chairman and Trump Indiana chairman. Virtually everyone else has made no bones about their unwillingness to cast a vote for Trump. Some of them have even taken to Facebook and other social media sites to declare they will never vote for Trump, even if he receives the Republican nomination. The bottom line is that Indiana Republicans don't care who Republican primary voters want as their party nominee. In fact, Indiana Republicans are trying to discourage people from voting in next month's primary election by broadcasting the fact their votes won't matter. A lot of people are going to have fun working to defeat the re-election of Mike Pence this year as payback. Meet your anti-Trump Indiana delegates:

Automatic
Jeff Cardwell, State Chairman
Marsha Coats RNC Member
John Hammond RNC Member

At Large
Jim Bopp, Boone
Josh Claybourn, Warrick
Bill Davis, Allen
Daniel Dumezich, Lake
Rex Early, Marion (Trump Indiana Chairman)
Dennis Flynn, Lake
Samuel Frain, Hamilton
Anne Hathaway, Marion (Kasich Indiana Director)
Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb, Marion
State Sen. Erin Houchin, Washington
Tom John, Marion
State Sen. Howard Kenley III, Hamilton
David Lasco, Lake
Thomas Longest, Boone
Josh Marshall, Marion,
Michael McDaniel, Marion
Frederic Mills, Morgan
State Treasurer Kelly Mitchell, Marion
Michael Murphy, Marion
Matthew Morgan, Hamilton
Denise Pence, Bartholomew
Melissa Proffitt, Marion
U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita, Marion
Edwin Simcox, Hamilton
Curt Smith, Boone (Cruz Indiana organizer)
Paul Eric Turner, Hamilton
Thomas Wheeler II, Boone

District 1
James Snyder, Porter
County Councilor Dan Dernulc, Lake
Rebecca Holwerda,

District 2
Rudy Yakum, St. Joseph
Carol McDowell, Elkhart
Larry Garatoni, St. Joseph

District 3
State Sen. Travis Holdman, Wells
Barbara Krisher, Allen
Kyle Babcock, Allen

District 4
Craig Dunn, Howard
Secretary of State Connie Lawson, Hendricks
Barbara Knochel, Tippecanoe

District 5
Kyle Hupfer, Madison
Carmel Mayor James Brainard, Hamilton
David Brooks, Hamilton

District 6
State Rep. Randy Frye, Decatur
John Meredith, Wayne
Tara Armstrong, Hancock

District 7
State Sen. Patricia Miller, Marion
Jefferson Shreve, Marion
Jennifer Ping, Marion

District 8
Rick Martin, Warrick
Brenda Goff, Posey
William Springer, Sullivan

District 9
Jamey Noel, Clark
Beth Boyce, Johnson
State Rep. Eric Koch, Lawrence

Note on Marion County Voting: If you are voting early in Marion County and choose to cast your vote on the new electronic voting machines made by ES&S, please note that you will not find Donald Trump's name on the list of presidential candidates for the Republican primary ballot on the initial screen list of candidates. The list on the initial screen includes all of those candidates who long ago dropped out of the race, in addition to Ted Cruz and John Kasich. You have to click on "next page" at the bottom of the screen to find Donald Trump's name at the tail end of the list on the second screen page behind Marco Rubio. Some voters may mistakenly believe that initial screen is the full list of candidates. That's one of the downsides of electronic voting machines. They're much more susceptible to suggestion by presentation.

41 comments:

Anonymous said...


Thank you, Gary. This article of yours is EXACTLY why I left the Hoosier GOP. It is EXACTLY why I do NOT label myself "Republican". Why would I? These people stand for nothing of substance.

Look at the names in your post. RINO, more self-interested for position, power, and profit than for ideology or a moral/ethical/political code... I wouldn't trade a pound of dirt for any of them.

Anonymous said...

Is former State Rep Eric Turner the Paul Eric Turner mentioned in this list Gary?

Anonymous said...

A lot of people are angry that 1. these people are the only ones who get to "vote" and 2. they have already said they won't vote for Trump even if he's winning. It may be the "rules", but if they overthrow the popular vote, mark my words, there is going to be trouble.

Gary R. Welsh said...

It is the infamous former State Rep. Eric Turner. I thought he had moved to Georgia. It's pretty disgusting that someone with so many personal ethical lapses would be chosen to represent the party at the national convention.

Anonymous said...

Joshua Claybourn joined the Never Trump movement a couple of months ago. He supports Hillary Clinton over Trump.

Anonymous said...

Mayor Braindead is a GOP delegate? Gimme a break.

Anonymous said...

Gary, have you been tracking the new group Enterprise Republicans? Seems to be headed up by Meghan Robertson and cheered on by all the usual suspects. Osterle is involved with it, too. Their cause du jour is removing "divisive" language from the State GOP platforms, along with "Growing Our Party." Check it out.

Anonymous said...

Gary,

A few ideas and a question. One is and it's just a suggestion once in awhile tell us about people, groups and ideas you like or support and what you think is good about them. Also tell us what it is that you like so much about blogging. As for the question is it true that Eric Turner is a relative of Ike Turner's? since they both seem to have similar values?

Anonymous said...

Is district 7 delegate Jennifer Ping also the Democrat backed leader of the Marion County GOP?

Gary R. Welsh said...

Editor's Note: Comments attempting to post addresses, phone numbers, e-mails, etc. for delegates will not be published on this thread.

Clive said...

These delegates that get bound to Trump after the primary have to vote for him at the convention. You are recklessly misleading people, but that is what the Trump campaign has been all about. They aren't obligated to vote for anyone in the general election.

Anonymous said...

It will be so sweet to take down Mike Pence and the rest of the RINO traitors who have taken over the Indiana GOP!

Gary R. Welsh said...

Clive, They won't have a problem doing that as long as they know Trump doesn't have enough votes on the first ballot to win. If he has enough votes, all bets are off. The convention rules appear to be quite fluid at this moment as this race becomes more fully developed. I don't believe any candidate is going to have enough delegates on the first ballot to win, which makes their duty-bound commitment on the first ballot meaningless. It is a bastardization of the process not to allow a candidate to choose his own delegates. Even Illinois lets the candidates pick their own delegates. These delegates are being chosen much sooner than they are typically chosen, and they are being picked because they have declared their intentions of voting against Trump. Rex Early's appointment is all for show and out of respect to him as a former chairman. These people will be on the floor booing and spewing negative comments about Trump to any reporter within earshot. This list is not good news for Ted Cruz either. His camp only fared slightly better and is going to be mighty disappointed in this delegation when it comes to open convention voting.

Anonymous said...

After having voted R my entire adult life, I will never do so again. Would still like to see Trump get jobbed so that a 3rd Party rises from the ashes. I never thought I'd say this, but 4 years of HRC or 4 years of the Romney/Ryan/Bush wing of the party doesn't really make a diff at this point.

Anonymous said...

How many free Cubs tickets has the anti-Trump billionaire Ricketts family given out to Kyle Babcock?

Anonymous said...

Joshua Claybourn posted "Never Trump" on social media.

Anonymous said...

I expected to see Bob Grand's name on the list. He said he would support Trump. The social director from Ice Miller, Melissa Proffitt, made the list. How many days out of the year does she spend traveling with the politicians? She's on all of their foreign junkets.

Anonymous said...

Unbelievable bunch of arrogant asses. I'm done w/the GOP.

Paul K. Ogden said...

While I don't like Indiana's process for picking delegates, the fact those already picked have sense enough to know Trump is not a conservative and is someone not deserving of support past the first round of voting does give me hope. It will probably be a moot point though as it is likely Cruz wins most of Indiana's delegates in the primary, though Trump has a shot.

Anonymous said...

Join your local patriot militia

Anonymous said...

Is Denise Pence related to Mike "Pampered" Pence?

Anonymous said...

Paul,

The establishment is going to pick Kaschich!

Gary R. Welsh said...

Denise Pence is guv's sister-in-law.

Anonymous said...

The more I look at this list the more ridiculous it looks! I don't support Trump but if he wins Indiana the delegates should vote for him. I will not endorse an ends justifying the means approach! The only choice we true Republicans have here in Indiana is to let the State Party meltdown and rebuild it from scratch!

Anonymous said...

Statist hillbillies for Case-Hick!

Anonymous said...

What happened to Luke Messer's plans for being a delegate to the convention this year?
http://thehill.com/homenews/house/263009-gop-lawmakers-open-door-to-brokered-convention

guy77money said...

Why not Trump and Clinton that is what America wants! We as a nation are obsessed by reality TV. What isn't the ultimate reality show TRUMP vs HILLARY! Co-star Bill doing the "I Am the Good Old Boy Shuffle". Lets hope the Indiana delegates are insignificant as always.

Christine Accetturo said...

Brained will probably be voting for Bernie Sanders.

Anonymous said...

Trump will probably win the popular vote in Indiana and he should be able to choose his own delegates. That anti-Trump delegates have already been chosen is an insult to Trump and to the people who will vote for him, and the party in Indiana should be ashamed of itself. The man in the street favors less back room deals, more transparency and steady moves toward more representative elections. That this State's Republican party was so quick to abandon all of that in order to achieve their self centered desires is sad. Of course Indiana deserves the reputation it has earned by such politics.

And Ogden, if Trump wins the popular vote in Indiana then he is exactly the type of conservative we want. Everyone tires of hearing you define the term so narrowly that it satisfies only you. Ditto with the low information crowd that still uses the term Rino. Grow up. You don't get to define conservative either. Until Trump has his chance to capture the majority vote, we'll stand by a Reagan definition, and that doesn't include all this evangelical nonsense.

LamLawIndy said...

Oh, I dunno, Gary. Looks like a fairly diverse list of GOPers. I doubt any are mummy-dummies for anybody.

Anonymous said...

I don't know if you caught it, but Mike Pence was introduced at the Indians game and got booed really bad. Really bad. The press said a few people applauded, but it was mostly all booing, and it lasted a long time and was really loud. I'll bet that put the fear of God in him. People just think he sucks now. What a fall from grace.

Anonymous said...

The Wyoming democratic caucus took place on Saturday, purportedly to allow voters to have their voices heard in the race between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton. Sanders lost the Wyoming caucus by winning it with a 12 percent margin.
Wait, what?
How does one lose by winning 56 percent of the votes? This happens when the political process is, according to the New York Post, “rigged” by superdelegates. The Post summed up this “strange” phenomenon:
Under the Democratic Party’s oddball delegate system, Sanders’ winning streak — he has won seven out of the past eight contests — counts for little.
In fact, despite his win, he splits Wyoming’s 14 pledged delegates 7 to 7 under the caucus calculus.
Clinton, meanwhile, also gets the state’s four superdelegates — who had already pledged their allegiance to her in January. So despite ‘losing,’ she triumphs 11-7 in the delegate tally.

Flogger said...

ANON 10:05, the Democratic Party has fixed it so even if you win you still lose. It was especially gratifying to see and hear Hillary spinning, back tracking and pulling out her illusionist misdirection in real time during the debate when she was pressed on making speaking fee transcripts publicly available, future funding for Social Security and her shifting sands stance on the Minimum Wage. The more she was pressed the louder and shriller Hillary became.

For two seats at the head table with Clinton, George Clooney and his wife, attorney Amal Clooney, at an April 15 fundraiser, a couple must contribute or raise a whopping $353,400. This entry fee would exclude the vast majority of people voting for her. The Low Information Democratic Voters do not seem to realize they will not have a place the table but will be under it eating any table scraps that fall off.

Anonymous said...

Who the hell is this Jefferson Shreve and how much money did he pay to be a delegate? There seem to be a lot of people in Marion County that deserve to go instead of a guy we have never heard of. I bet he is writing big checks to Hammond and Ping. I assume he is not a Trump guy and will only do what Ping tells him to do.

Gary R. Welsh said...

Shreve was a delegate four years ago. He bought his delegate spot from John Hammond. He bought Jeff Cardwell's council seat when he resigned to join the Pence freak show. Hammond and Ping sold him the slating for the senate seat being vacated by Brent Waltz. Shreve is a liberal Democrat from Bloomington, but it doesn't matter. These people don't want Republicans. They want obedient yes men and people with fat wallets. If you have neither, buzz off. They're not interested in people who actually believe in the party's principles. Shreve didn't come from money, and a lot of us think some more digging is needed to find out who the silent money man is behind his self-storage business. If anyone has the scoop on who his money man is, share it with us. Have you actually watched any of his ads? The guy is a freak show.

Joshua Claybourn said...

For the record, I have a very thin wallet.

Gary R. Welsh said...

I guess that makes you an obedient yes man.

Sir Hailstone said...

I was anything but an obedient yes-man and I have a thin wallet, you see where that got me in MarCo. Guess that's why I now reside in HamCo.

Anonymous said...

This list of people representing the GOP looks a whole lot like a suite level guest list for a LOS or Banker's Life Fieldhouse event.

Anonymous said...

We applaud the delegates for standing firm against the frightening prospect of equality in political life. Our republic has been under constant attack from the purveyors of those espousing a democratic system of governance. If we relent, in any respect, this notion of democracy may spread to other areas of social life where more stringent legislation may be in order.

LamLawIndy said...

Anon7:28 said, "[Trump] is exactly the type of conservative we want."

Ok, I'll bite: Why? What public policy position of Trump's do you favor? And I mean SPECIFIC proposals and NOT the generalities typically employed by Trump.

I'll even go first & state the top 3 reasons why I oppose Trump:
1. He opposes entitlement reform (let alone elimination).
2. He supports _Kelo_-style eminent domain schemes.
3. He supported the TARP bailout (which means that in principle he is not opposed to rescuing firms who committed errors yet are politically connected).