I received a letter today. It was postmarked as being mailed from New York City but had no return address. This is what I found inside with the letter.
My phone was also inundated with messages from other people who received the same letter. They were also sent to people who support Ted Cruz.
The letter was sent from someone named Eric Hoffman, who purports to be a born-and-raised Ohioan who now lives in Connecticut. He doesn’t explain why the letter was mailed from New York City.
(Update: Mr. Hoffman contacted me and said that he works in NYC and mailed the letters from there.)
He explains in his letter that he looked up who the delegates for Cruz and Rubio are in Ohio, and is sending them the same letter in hopes that we can help swing the vote in Ohio to John Kasich in order to stop Trump. (I am a delegate for Rubio). The full letter can be viewed here: Page 1, Page 2.
Mr. Hoffman’s idea sounds like a strategic one. After all, Mitt Romney advised people in Ohio to vote for Kasich to stop Trump. But Romney also advised voters in Florida to vote for Marco Rubio to deny that state to Trump.
I emailed him and asked him if he also contacted Cruz and Kasich delegates in Florida to urge them to vote for Rubio, and he said he did not.
I do take some issue with his letter. A vote for Ted Cruz or Marco Rubio is also a vote against Trump. Even if I was tempted to follow his advice, which I am not, it’s too late anyway, since I already voted early.
As long as Mr. Hoffman is not connected to the Kasich campaign or his supper-PAC, what he did was perfectly legal. What’s not known is if Mr. Hoffman is trying to help Kasich, or truly wants to stop Trump.
I agree completely with him that Trump would be a horrible choice as our nominee, but as a delegate for Rubio, I promised to support Rubio, so that’s what I will be doing. I presume the Cruz delegates and my fellow Rubio delegates feel the same way.