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Republicans swap out half-dozen alternates, delegates for national convention

Republicans have swapped out a half-dozen alternates and delegates for the national convention, including Rep. Jim Steineke, who announced this spring he was dropping out with Donald Trump on the verge of becoming the GOP nominee.

The replacements include Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, who has urged Republicans to support Trump to help GOP candidates down ballot.

The party originally announced in April its list of at-large delegates and alternates. The original list included Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and Mike Grebe, who has spent the past 14 years as CEO of the conservative Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, among the at-large delegates.

Kleefisch campaign manager Charles Nichols said the lt. guv had to pull out as a member of the delegation due to scheduling conflicts. Nichols said Kleefisch will attend the first three days of the convention before returning to Wisconsin for official events. While in Cleveland, she will participate and host events as part of her role as the Republican Lieutenant Governors Association chair.

Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, and longtime GOP activist Don Taylor are replacing Kleefisch and Grebe as delegates. 

“Due to these other responsibilities, the Lt. Governor felt that she would not be able to adequately focus the full amount of time and attention she believes is necessary to being a delegate,” he said.

The party did not have information on why the original at-large delegates and alternates are no longer attending the convention in Cleveland. 

All 18 at-large delegates are pledged to Ted Cruz after the Texas senator won the state’s primary.

The alternates who have dropped out include: Steineke, former Gov. Scott McCallum, former U.S. Rep. Mark Green and David Karst.

Their replacements are: Van Mobley, a Trump supporter; Sue Lynch; David Anderson; and Jennie Frederick.
-- By JR Ross


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