Donald Trump blasts 'rigged' delegate system
Donald Trump has another delegate problem in California.
One day after the Republican frontrunner’s campaign blamed a “database error” for the inclusion of a white nationalist on its list of California delegates, a former state assemblyman said he was mistakenly listed as a delegate.
Bob Pacheco, now mayor of the city of Walnut, told The Sacramento Bee he has not endorsed Trump and did not agree to be named as a delegate on the list the Trump campaign submitted to the California secretary of state.
The delegate submission, while offering yet another example of organizational weakness in Trump’s campaign, appears unlikely to cause lasting damage.
The secretary of state’s office said the Trump campaign asked to revise its delegate list on Tuesday afternoon. While the campaign was initially told it could not do so, as the deadline for submitting names had passed, the secretary of state’s chief counsel, Steven Reyes, told GOP officials Wednesday that “we agree with your conclusion that the California Republican Party’s bylaws outline an internal party process for amending a candidate’s delegate list” separate from the secretary of state.
The California Republican Party posted an updated list of delegates that includes neither Pacheco nor William Johnson, the white nationalist of the American Freedom Party.
Also removed from the initial delegate list was Guy St. Onge, a controversial pastor who told The Guardian newspaper he was stepping down to “take one for the team.”
Pacheco said Wednesday that he initially filled out a questionnaire to become a Trump delegate but told the campaign in April he no longer was interested. He also said he did not sign a pledge the campaign sent to delegates to vote for Trump.
“They sent me a Trump delegate request for me to complete, and I responded to them and said, ‘No, I will not endorse Mr. Trump, and I am not going to fill out the delegate form,” Pacheco said. “Later on I got this congratulations letter saying I was selected as a delegate, but I never signed any delegate form for him.”
He said a campaign official told him after the delegate list was released on Monday that his inclusion was a “mistake.”
He said he has not decided whether he will vote for Trump.
Trump’s California political director, Tim Clark, said Wednesday that Pacheco applied to be a Trump delegate and that “as soon as he notified us he no longer wanted to be, we removed him from the list.”