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Letter: Let delegates vote their conscience

As someone highly involved in the Iowa caucuses process this year, I’m writing to urge Republican delegates and party leaders to support the effort to allow all delegates to next month’s Republican National Convention to vote their conscience.

It is quite clear that Donald Trump is not running a serious campaign. He has fewer than 40 staffers nationwide. Contrast this to Hillary Clinton with almost 900 staffers. Even though Trump said he would fund his own campaign, he is begging for money and the Republican National Committee is significantly behind their fundraising from four years ago.

Another point of contention is Trump’s poll numbers. They are horrible. He is pulling down good Republicans on the down ballot side. Evidence of that can be seen here in Iowa. Sen. Chuck Grassley has never received less than 59 percent of the vote in a re-election campaign. He’s polling below 50 percent now.

I have left the party because of Chairman Jeff Kaufmann and the rest of the “kiss up to Trump” faction of the Republican Party of Iowa.

I urge all conservative and liberty minded Iowans to defy the party bosses and the establishment and support a movement for our Iowa delegates to vote their conscience. Contact party chair Jeff Kaufmann, national committeeman Steve Scheffler and national committeewoman Tamara Scott and tell them you intend to hold them accountable if they don’t support the effort to unbind Iowa’s delegates. You can also visit freethedelegates.com to find out how you can help.

Matt Wells

Oxford

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