The confidential memo behind a Ted Cruz victory over Donald Trump supporters

On Saturday, Harry Abrams was a member of the five-member nominating committee for the 11th District GOP convention. The committee had spent the previous week interviewing 61 applicants for the three delegate and three alternate spots the convention was to hand out.

In the end, the committee produced a six-person slate that led with a Donald Trump supporter, Lori Pesta of Cherokee County. But on a motion from the floor, the slate was dumped and the elimination of Trump supporters began.

In an after-action report, Abrams sent out the confidential blueprint that Ted Cruz supporters received on Friday night, and operated from on Saturday morning. The four-page memo is somewhat faint, but the detail is worth the squinting.

Writes Abrams in an introduction:

Was anything illegal done?  I would have to say no.  Was the Convention Packed.  I would say yes.  Under our “rules” was anything done that was illegal?  No. 

Was the fact that the website has been “down for over a month questionable?  Why did the District 11 Vice Chair ask me for a copy of the By-Laws on Thursday, prior to the Convention?  Supposition not accusation.  Maybe, it was the Chair recognized the exceptional talent of the 11th IT group, while I had notified them of the outage several times over the last month.  That these individuals are now identified as Cruzer’s is questionable. 

As Mr. Scott Johnson was noted as a “stand up – stay sitting” flag by the above referenced group, questionable as to the motivation for the Rules Committee which he headed?  Again supposition on my part, not accusation. 

The sole “sour grapes” that I will point out is that Mr. Huckabee was my candidate in the Presidential Preference Primary.  The fact that my wife put a Trump sign in our yard probably let the Cruzer’s assign intent that was not there.  I do find it interesting that I was considered a “threat to their control”.

As to Mr. Carver’s, official impartial position, I’ll let you make of that what you will.

And here are the instructions that went out to Cruz supporters before Saturday's convention. All delegate applicants had been graded according to their presidential inclinations -- green for Cruz, yellow for unsure, and red for Trump:

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Jim Galloway
Jim Galloway
Jim Galloway is a three-decade veteran of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution who writes the Political Insider blog and column.