According to Rebel Pundit, Alex Hayes, director of Mainstream Republicans of Washington State, distributed a list of preferred delegates to Romney, Santorum, and Gingrich supporters at this convention. The vast majority of these slates of delegates consisted of Romney supporters. This fact was not disclosed on the slate. Most disturbing was the letterhead on the slate–which prominently claimed the endorsements of the Santorum and Gingrich campaigns. In addition, Hayes verbally claimed that the Romney, Santorum, and Gingrich campaigns “agreed to work together” at the county convention. Such endorsements and agreements did not exist! Indeed, the only campaign standing to benefit from the slate distributed by Alex Hayes was Mitt Romney’s.
**Update** We have received this photo of the proposed “Unity Slate,” Alex Hayes tried to persuade Washington voters to choose. The slate definitely appears to convey the slate is endorsed by Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney.
In this undercover video, Alex Hayes decried dishonesty in politics while attempting to lure Santorum supporters into casting ballots for Romney delegates. This is no way to treat so many hundreds of grassroots conservatives involved in politics for the first time. His brazen attempt to fool those who aren’t professional politicos such as himself into handing over a massive win to his preferred candidate is disturbing.
Santorum supporters in at least one caucus resisted Alex Hayes’ call to grant Romney a majority of the delegates. For instance, in Washington’s 2nd Legislative District, Santorum won 14 delegates; Romney won just 2. In the 25th Legislative District, Santorum won 15 delegates, Romney won zero! It appears Santorum supporters may not be as gullible to establishment tricks as Alex Hayes assumed.
The big question now is whether Romney campaign officials will disavow their surrogate’s behavior at the Pierce County Republican Convention. While claiming to be “pretty blunt” and “honest,” he failed to disclose his affiliation with this organization that already endorsed Mitt Romney. Claiming Santorum’s campaign prefers its supporters elect a Romney majority to the convention represents a new low by the entrenched establishment. Do they really think grassroots voters are this gullible? Apparently so.