Local GOP delegate cancels trip to convention
Evansville City Council attorney Josh Claybourn has canceled his trip to Cleveland.
Claybourn is giving up his position as an at-large Indiana Republican delegate at July's GOP convention because the party’s presumptive presidential nominee is Donald Trump.
In a statement, Claybourn says he will – quote -- "neither vote for, nor in any way support, Mr. Trump."
Claybourn says he was “excited and honored” to be selected as a delegate and was looking forward to a contested convention.
But now that Trump will have enough delegates to secure the nomination on the first ballot, Claybourn says the convention will simply be a coronation that would require him to vote for Trump. He says – quote – “I choose not to let that happen.”
Claybourn claims Trump “constitutes a danger.” He says Trump “opposes free trade, is skeptical of free speech and free association, he peddles fear and mean-spirited insults, and he lacks a mature temperament needed at home and abroad.”
Claybourn’s comments echo sentiments expressed former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney in March.