Sounding out Palm Beach County’s Republican delegates on a contested convention

Donald Trump, shown here at a March 13 Boca Raton rally. (Daniel Owen / The Palm Beach Post)

Donald Trump, shown here at a March 13 Boca Raton rally. (Daniel Owen / The Palm Beach Post)

Four Palm Beach County residents will be among the 99 delegates Florida sends to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this summer.

If nobody has the nomination sewn up before the convention and delegates settle it on the convention floor, the Floridians are bound by state party rules to vote on the first three ballots for Donald Trump, who won the state’s March 15 primary in convincing fashion.

But what if the nomination isn’t settled after three ballots? Here’s what Palm Beach County’s GOP delegates are saying:

Feaman

Feaman

Peter Feaman — Palm Beach County’s Republican state committeeman, Republican Party of Florida’s Republican national committeeman:

“Personally, I’ll cross that bridge when I get to it. At that point everybody should be allowed to vote their conscience,” Feaman said last week. “If the rule wanted you to be bound for more than that, the rule would have said that.”

Gaines

Gaines

Gay Gaines  — longtime GOP activist and fundraiser; elected Saturday to represent congressional District 22:

“I will wait until I see – I don’t want to speculate on anything like that,” Gaines said in an interview. She said she voted for Ohio Gov. John Kasich in Florida’s primary and “I think he’s one of the most qualified people possible to be president.” But, Gaines also noted, “Our state elected Trump in the primary.”

Donnally

Donnally

Tami Donnally — member of the Palm Beach County Republican Party board of directors and former state House candidate; elected Saturday to represent congressional District 21:

“If it goes to four ballots, you know what, it presents a dilemma. As a person who always wants to do what the right thing is, there’s no right or wrong in this situation…I do think the way that I’ll lean is I have an obligation to the people that voted in the state and I have an obligation to stay all the way with Trump…I am representing a constituency of people and  it’s my responsibility to carry forward what they voted for.”

Tindell

Tindell

Cindy Tindell — Palm Beach County’s Republican state committeewoman; elected Saturday to represent congressional District 22

“I don’t think it’s going to come to that,” Tindell said last week of the possibility of a fourth ballot. “If I am selected as a delegate I’ll follow the rules and support the wishes of the Republicans of the state of Florida, absolutely.”

 

 

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