BEN CLINE STATEMENT ON SCC VOTE TO STRIP PLURALITY FROM 6TH DISTRICT CONVENTION CALL
“I was pleased to learn that the GOP State Central Committee voted on Saturday to remove the misguided ‘single-ballot plurality vote’ language in the Sixth District Convention call. This language, which was in violation of the State GOP Party Plan, would have allowed a weak candidate to potentially secure the nomination at the May 19 convention with less than 50% of the vote. I am a strong supporter of traditional conventions, which are meant to unify our party by bringing together support around a majority-backed candidate.
Unfortunately, those members of the party establishment who oppose my candidacy are trying to rig the process to keep me from gaining the nomination. Chairman Scott Sayre and Vice-Chairman Tederick pushed a ‘single-ballot plurality vote’ in order to protect their hand-picked, insider candidate, who they know can not reach a majority under traditional convention rules. As the SCC ruled on Saturday, however, it is the convention delegates who will ultimately decide which rules to adopt at the convention on May 19, and I am optimistic that we will adopt traditional rules that ensure a fair, open, and transparent nominating convention for the Sixth Congressional District.”
Ben Cline is an attorney working in private practice and represents the 24th District in the Virginia House of Delegates, where he serves as Chairman of the Conservative Caucus. Cline has championed legislation to increase transparency in government, protect Second Amendment rights, and fight higher taxes and out-of-control spending. Prior to opening his law firm in 2013, he served as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney where he prosecuted domestic violence cases, an issue he continued to fight in Richmond. Cline grew up in the Shenandoah Valley and lives in Lexington with his wife, Elizabeth, and twin daughters.