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GOP Delegate Would Rather Be Arrested Than Vote for Trump

Lawyer files lawsuit against Virginia attorney general

A Virginia GOP delegate says he would prefer arrest to Donald Trump. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A Republican delegate clearly doesn't want to vote for Donald Trump.  

Virginia delegate Carroll Beau Correll Jr. told NBC's Washington affiliate, News4, that he'd rather be arrested  than suffer that fate. And he's filed a lawsuit claiming that a law requiring him to vote for the presumptive Republican nominee is unconstitutional.  

"It's so absurd that the state government compels members of a private organization how to vote in that organization," said Correll, who recently filed the lawsuit against the Virginia attorney general and other state officials.  

Correll supported Texas Sen. Ted Cruz during the GOP primaries and is part of a group of Republicans who want to "free" delegates so they aren't bound to a candidate.   

But Howie Lind, the former GOP chairman for Virginia's 10th District, criticized Correll and asked party leaders to remove him from the delegate list.  

"My contention, of which I hope to prove to you, is that Beau Correll is in violation of the 2016 Statement of Intent by openly advocating for a 3rd party candidate to run for President this year," Lind said in a letter.   

A federal court in Richmond is expected to hear Correll's lawsuit on Thursday, News4 reported.

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