GOP Delegate Maneuvers in Kansas
April 7, 2016

Republican delegate maneuvering is underway in Kansas.
Many now expect the delegate-to-delegate battle to extend from here all the way to the floor of the GOP Convention in Cleveland in July.
An example of it took place recently at the Kansas Republican 3rd District Congressional Convention.
The 3rd District GOP had three delegate position available. Two were awarded to the Cruz campaign. The other went to the Marco Rubio operation.
Rubio has now dropped out the race.
Kansas GOP rules state national convention delegates are bound to a specific candidate until they are officially released by that campaign.
Rubio’s operation has not done that yet.
“There is an anticipation that Rubio will release those delegates at some point” said Kansas GOP Executive director Clay Barker.
“And under our rules, they become free agents. They can vote for whoever they want. That could become key in Kansas,” he added.
At the 3rd Congressional convention, State Representative Amanda Grosserode was the top vote getter.
That entitled to choose what delegate slot she wanted.
Grosserode picked the Rubio slot, even though she supports Ted Cruz for the nomination.
If Rubio releases his delegates, Grosserode could become an easy delegate pick up for the Cruz campaign in an political environment where every delegate counts.

JoCo GOP Committeeman Tweets “Offending Muslims” is a Duty, Especially with a Gun
August 8, 2014

KC Star:

Gavin Ellzey, the vice chairman of the Kansas Republican 3rd Congressional District Committee, advised on Twitter in early July that “offending Muslims is the duty of any civilized person.”

Ellzey added, “Especially with a .45.”

In an interview with The Star, the Overland Park resident acknowledged writing the tweet in response to television news reports about Christians being “crucified” overseas.

“Sometimes you overreact,” Ellzey said.

“I’ve had folks call me,” he added. “I’m not trying to offend anybody. I sure wouldn’t shoot anybody. I don’t even own a gun.”

He said he later deleted the tweet.

Mahnaz Shabbir of the Crescent Peace Society said she was shocked when she saw the tweet.

“We’ve been doing a lot of work in the community to try to help others understand who we are,” she said. “When something like this comes across my computer, my first reaction is like, are you kidding me?”

She pointed out the tweet came just months after the shootings at the Jewish Community Center.

Shabbir said that Ellzey should be removed from his minor party office and that the Kansas GOP should apologize.

Clay Barker, executive director of the Kansas Republican Party, said the state party has “no responsibility for or connection to the public statements of private citizens who perform volunteer work for the party.”

He added that the “party in no way shares Ellzey’s sentiments on Muslims.”

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/news/government-politics/article1160420.html#storylink=cpy