The Allocation Committee of the Massachusetts Republican Party has sent letters to all elected delegates and alternates requiring them to sign an affidavit, under penalty of perjury, affirming their support of Mitt Romney. The letters arrived in mailboxes yesterday, and one was obtained and posted by Ben Swann of WXIX Cincinatti on his facebook page.
Dear Massachusetts Republican Delegates and Massachusetts Republican Alternate Delegates,
Under the rules of the Massachusetts Republican Party Plan for the Selection of Delegates and the rules of the National Republican Party, the Avocation Committee charged with certifying Massachusetts delegates for the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida requires each elected delegate and alternate to sign, under the pains and penalties of perjury, the herewith enclosed affirmation, and to be returned on or before 3pm May 29, 2012 to the Massachusetts Republican Party at 85 Merrimack Street, Suite 400, Boston MA 02114.
Electronic delivery, in any form, will not be accepted. Your failure to duly and timely remit the enclosed affidavit will put your status as a delegate in jeopardy.
Allocation Committee Chairman
Here are the rules referenced by Chairman McGrath. The text of the affidavit can be seen below.
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I ______ residing at _____ in ______ MA, was elected at the ______ Congressional District Caucus held in _____ MA on April 28, 2012 as a National Delegate / Alternate Delegate to the 2012 Republican National Convention. In accordance with Sections 70b and 70i, Chapter 53 of the General Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Republican Party Plan for the selection of delegates to the Tampa Florida 2012 National Convention and Rule 15 of the Rules of the Republican Party, I certify under the pain and penalty of perjury, that on the first ballot at the 2012 Republican National Convention, I will affirmatively Vote for Mitt Romney, the winner of the 2012 Massachusetts Presidential Primary.
Red Mass Group is researching whether or not affidavits have ever been required of convention delegates in previous elections.