After presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump delivered crushing defeats to Sen. Ted Cruz and Gov. John Kasich in Indiana, Cruz announced that he was suspending his campaign because he no longer had a viable path to the nomination. However, people might not want to get too excited just yet, as a shocking move shows that he’s plotting something behind the scenes.
The Republican National Convention is fast approaching in July, when it’s expected that Trump will be named the party’s nominee to run against Hillary Clinton in the general election. However, a report from CNN suggests it may not be as easy as Trump and his supporters are expecting as Cruz said he has zero intentions on releasing the delegates he won in previous primaries.
On Monday, Cruz sent letter to the Republican state parties in at least Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas informing them that he’s planning on keeping the delegates bound to him from prior elections. The delegates of particular interest are those from Kansas since they’re required to remain with whomever they are pledged to until being officially released by the candidate themselves.
In other words, they can’t vote their conscious – which would likely be with the will of the voters – unless given explicit permission from Cruz – and he’s not going to give it to them.
“Although I have suspended my campaign for the Republican Party nomination for President of the United States, I do not release any Republican National Convention delegates bound to me as a result of the 2016 delegate selection process that took place in your state,” Cruz wrote in a letter to the Kansas Republican Party chair.
“I encourage all delegates who supported my campaign — and who support a constitutional conservative agenda that will grow jobs, protect our freedoms, and ensure our security — to actively participate in shaping the Party platform and rules in a manner that will ensure our cause is advanced,” the letter continued.
Similar letters were written to the chairs in Oklahoma and Texas. The manner in which he closed them is quite telling.
“The reason we suspended the race last week is with Indiana’s loss I didn’t see a viable path to victory. If that changes, we will certainly respond accordingly.”
Now, what could possibly change between then and now unless Cruz was still working behind the scenes to court delegates or somehow deny Trump the nomination? Or maybe he’s hanging onto them to be able to leverage his way into a Trump cabinet?
That’s up to you to decide, but keep in mind how calculated Cruz is and that if he didn’t think he needed those delegates for something, he would release them.