When calling up delegation candidates in Pennsylvania I was surprised how many did not reject the notion of a protest vote out of hand. Many well known delegate candidates, including Fred Anton, David Dumayer, and Vito Canuso, were at least willing to entertain a protest abstention. For those outside of PA, they are, respectively: A leading GOP activist and fundraiser, a township supervisor, and the chairman of the Philadelphia GOP.
Some well known folks who are not running to be members of the delegation, like representative Curt Schroeder, also happen to consider such a course of action within the pale, so to speak.
I was advised to put off acquiring and publishing information about those running to be delegates from Pennsylvania to the GOP National Convention until I could assist, instead, in the organized process run by the state GOP. Turns out nobody knows of such an effort.
Therefore it seems to me I have no choice but to start freelancing again. I will, of course, check with my local party leaders first. But every voter with whom I’ve spoken thinks reform is necessary. The system as currently crafted demands that voters know how delegation candidates plan to dispose themselves at the convention, and nobody seems to care all that much about providing voters this information. Many delegation candidates I’ve contacted agree reform is necessary, and would consider a protest abstention.
I am left to conclude, then, this project is necessary. Necessary to make this asinine system work as designed, necessary to promote reform, and necessary because nobody else cares to do it. Furthermore, there is nothing divisive about it. Any protest that results will be against our ridiculous primary system, not the presumptive GOP nominee for president.