Posted: 6:57 pm Wednesday, March 16th, 2016
By Jamie Dupree
While some Republicans have attacked the GOP establishment for trying to find ways to stop Donald Trump’s drive to their party’s nomination, now a group of more conservative activists are gathering in Washington on Thursday to take stock of their options – including a possible third party bid.
“I have signed no oath of loyalty to Donald Trump or the GOP,” wrote Erick Erickson, the conservative talk show host who has helped spearhead this meeting.
“I am a conservative. I believe in limited governments, free markets, and free people. Donald Trump does not,” Erickson wrote on his website, the Resurgent on Thursday morning.
The group includes Erickson, Bob Fischer, a businessman from South Dakota, and Bill Wichterman, who worked for President George W. Bush, in part as a liaison to the conservative GOP community.
Why do some conservatives believe Trump will be better than his word? We usually believe the opposite. #NeverTrump
— bill wichterman (@billwichterman) March 13, 2016
Erickson says one goal is “to try to see if there is enough donor support to head off Donald Trump,” as the invitation is pretty clear in terms of what the group wants to achieve.
“You are cordially invited to strategize with other conservative leaders on how to have a true conservative win the Republican nomination and the general election,” the invite reads.
The meeting comes just two days after Trump won a majority of delegates in the March 15 primary states, keyed by his big win in Florida, which netted him 99 delegates.
“Forty percent of Republicans said they would go elsewhere if he is the nominee,” Erickson said in an appearance on WSB Radio in Atlanta, referring to exit polls from Tuesday’s voting.
So far, whether it is conservatives or outside groups or the GOP establishment, nothing has worked against Trump.
About the Author
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog. A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.