GOP Concerns about the Donald Trump candidacy are cropping up across the nation, and Wisconsin appears to be no exception. The Wisconsin State Journal reports that at least some state delegates to next month’s Republican National Convention are uneasy, and fear Trump atop the ticket could spell disaster for the party in November.
A national “Free the Delegates” movement is urging the RNC rules committee to override state rules and allow delegates to vote their conscience at the convention in Cleveland. Wisconsin’s top Republicans, Governor Scott Walker and House Speaker Paul Ryan, have indicated they’re okay with allowing delegates to do just that.
David Blaska, an alternate delegate from Dane County, told the State Journal that the party can either “do the Thelma and Louise thing and go over the cliff with Trump,” or make a “Rockford Files” style U-turn. Blaska says he prefers the latter.
The concerns over Trump are not shared by everyone. At last month’s state party in convention in Green Bay, most speakers stressed the importance of backing the Republican nominee without specifically naming Trump. But two congressman, 5th District Representative Jim Sensenbrenner and 7th District Representative Sean Duffy, both urged delegates to support Trump.