Donald Trump blasts 'rigged' delegate system
Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has tapped a mix of current and former elected officials, party operatives, spouses and others as his pledged California delegates to the GOP convention in Cleveland, according to a list released Monday.
Former Rep. Doug Ose, congressional hopeful Elizabeth Emken, and communications consultant Dennis Revell, a son-in-law of Ronald Reagan, are among the Sacramento-area Trump delegates. Others from around the state include House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, state Sen. Joel Anderson, R-Alpine, and political consultant Charles Moran, the former chairman of the California chapter of the Log Cabin Republicans.
Another pledged delegate is Senate Minority Leader Jean Fuller, R-Bakersfield, as well as Peter Thiel, the co-founder of PayPal.
“We believe that our delegation represents the economic and grassroots community diversity of California. We feel very good about it,” said Tim Clark, Trump’s California strategist.
California’s June 7 presidential primary once seemed like it would play a pivotal role in determining whether Trump would clinch the 1,237 delegates needed to secure the nomination. But the drama fizzled last week when U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich announced the suspension of their campaigns after Trump’s strong performance in the Indiana primary.
Cruz and Kasich’s names remain on the June 7 ballot. Under state GOP rules, the state’s 172 delegates will be distributed to the winners of each of the state’s 53 congressional districts as well as the top vote-getter statewide.
Cruz delegates include former Senate Minority Leader Dennis Hollingsworth and former state lawmakers Ray Haynes and Jim Battin.