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Re: “The Trump Show: North Carolina Republicans Reckon with Their Party‚Äôs New Leader

JPlease read this; there are a number of true patriots in our midst! Mark Mahaffey, Linda Devore, Ted Hicks, Rod Chaney, Brad Smith, W Jeff Lominac, Brent Jones, Bill Lebo, Ann Stokes ... I honor each and every one of you, and so many more unnamed here!

"I have a story to share from the RNC. It needs to be told. And retold.

It sums up the collective courage of the true and committed Cruz delegates on the floor last Monday before the voice vote to decide whether to have a floor vote to free the delegates, and unbind them (us) from the restrictions imposed by the state GOP and the Republican party. A petition had been signed by many of the delegates from many states requesting a roll call vote, and when the delegations on the floor learned of it, the Party establishment and Trump whips went on the offensive to crush it.
The pressure to conform and to be silent, and to remove our names from the signed petition advocating freeing of the delegates was intense. Very, very intense.

The situation was chaotic. The noise level was extreme. Chairman Hayes had said that every NC delegate's name was to come off that petition, and he didn't care how it was done (I heard this myself). The Trump faithful from our own NC GOP leadership and a couple of the green hatted Trump whips moved in and went to work to intimidate and frighten. It was too loud to talk well, and Jean Griswold texted to ask me if I would stand firm. I texted back that we would stand "like a stonewall". She said to move back a row to sit with them for support. I climbed over the chairs and sat with Jean and Ann Stokes. Then Ted Hicks texted to say to join him near the delegation microphone in the aisle beside our seats, where Hayes, Woodhouse, a whip, and others had surrounded Duane Cutlip and were insisting he remove his name from the petition. I made my way to Ted, who had made a stand beside Duane, when I looked back.... and my heart broke.

Two or three men, including at least one Trump whip, had gathered around our own Linda Devore, and were leaning over and into her and were all screaming at her to take her name off the petition. I saw spit flying from a screaming mouth. Linda had curled up in her seat to get away from them, and her face was flushed red, and they were leaning directly over her and screaming, and she was cowering down away from them.

And then she raised her face to them and I saw her jaws clench.....and she shook her head "no". Repeatedly.

I don't know if anyone else saw this happen. Maybe everyone did. I don't know. But for several seconds all sound receeded, and all I could see was Linda's face shaking from side to side in defiance, in a mute refusal to yield in the face of what appeared to be the threat of physical violence. I was too far away to help her.

One of the bravest things I have ever seen. It probably lasted seconds, but seemed like minutes. And it is burned into my memory forever. True courage in the face of tyranny.
I haven't spoken with Linda about this, or the impact it had on me. Everything was still a little too raw, and somehow it seemed so surreal. But it happened. And Linda and every other NC delegate that signed that petition stood and never wavered. Like a stonewall.

I salute you.
Mark"

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Posted by Jean Griswold on 07/27/2016 at 6:25 PM

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