There’s still a little debate about whether Colorado’s delegates really staged a walkout on the first day of the Republican National Convention, with one Colorado official and one delegate claiming that the delegation was just going to get dinner at 4 in the afternoon, as CBS Denver reported.
This morning, Steve House, the state Republican Party chairman, sounded like he was praising the maybe-walkout.
“It was exactly patriotic and needed to be done,” House said this morning, according to Rob McClure of CBS Denver.
However, it’s unclear what actions he specifically was referring to. House himself didn’t leave his seat during the controversial period, and he also has described reporting on the walkout as “overblown,” according to Westword.
“And what I heard from them is, they stepped aside to talk about strategy at that point, and then they came back. They were off the floor for about five minutes. That’s all,” he said. They came back for the next vote, he said.
And yet Regina Thomson, another delegate, said there “absolutely was a walkout,” CBS Denver reported.
Ultimately, 33 of the 37 delegates voted for Ted Cruz, and four for Trump. Most of those votes were required by the caucus results, but a few could have voted for Trump.
For his part, House suggests that conservatives “need to get on board with part of the messaging, if not fully on board with Mr. Trump, at least after they get a little more comfortable coming out of the convention,” Westword reported.
Sen. Cory Gardner also isn’t kissing Trump’s ring.
He said on Tuesday that he stands with the Colorado delegation, although he won’t vote for Hillary Clinton, reports John Frank for The Denver Post.
What’s the result of all this?
Well, Colorado delegates are feeling the “cold shoulder” from the Trump team, Frank reported. The delegation got terrible seats at the convention, their hotel was really far away and nobody cared about their breakfast, among other reported concerns.
Also, the national Republican Party may bring in “busloads of people” to run the ground game here, according to Shaun Boyd of CBS Denver. This should make for an interesting election season, in case you had any doubts.