Down Comes the Axe

Redmassgroup.com has confirmed that the Romney Campaign will be invoking Rule 5.2 of the MassGOP “Plan for the Selection of Delegates” to the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida by choosing to “not certify” delegates elected at last Saturdays caucuses  under the “Ronald Reagan Unity Liberty Slate” banner.

Emails have been sent to Romney Slate Delegates, many of whom finished in 4th, 5th, and 6th place for one of three delegate slots, informing them that the Romney Campaign would challenge Liberty Slate Delegates, and to be prepared to serve as Delegates in their stead.

Further, RMG has learned that Allocation Committee member, and veteran State Committeewoman Nancy Luther has resigned her spot on the Allocation Committee, and been replaced by State Committee member Matthew Sisk.

Publisher’s note: Luther has resigned, Sisk has told Red Mass Group he will not be serving on the allocation committee.  

Most observers have interpreted this an effort to ensure that any non-certification of the Liberty Slate Delegates will be upheld by the Allocation Committee upon appeal.

I hate to say I told you so, but I told you so!

Full text of Rule 5.2 after the jump.  

5.2 “Certified delegate” shall be defined for the purposes of the Plan as having been certified as acceptable by a qualifying Presidential Candidate’s state committee, or such presidential candidate’s representative on the Allocation Committee, if any. If neither exists, then the delegate may be certified by the Allocation Committee. In the case of a protest or an appeal, the Allocation Committee’s ratification or reversal shall be final. An elected delegate shall not be denied certification by a qualifying Presidential Candidate’s state committee, or such presidential candidate’s representative on the Allocation Committee, if any, without just cause. Any such proposed denial of certification will not be effective unless upheld by a majority vote of the Allocation Committee.

About Paul R. Ferro

Paul R. Ferro is Senior Editor at RedMassGroup.com. The 9th registered user of RedMassGroup.com, Paul has been with RMG from it's inception. He's also a former 4-term Marlborough City Councilor and currently serves as Chairman of the Marlborough Republican City Committee. You can follow him on twitter @PaulFerro