RNC to Nevada GOP : Let Ron Paul Take Over Delegation, Don’t Bother Coming to Tampa

Interesting story out of Nevada related to the goings on with our own Convention Delegation.  

The RNC has sent a letter to the Nevada GOP informing them to make sure that Ron Paul supporters don’t get a disproportionate share of the Delegation, or else they could risk not even being seated at the Tampa Convention.

From the Las Vegas Sun’s John Ralston:  

In a letter delivered Wednesday to GOP Chairman Michael McDonald, the RNC’s chief counsel said if Ron Paul delegates are allowed to take too many slots for the national convention, Nevada’s entire contingent may not be seated in Tampa.

John R. Phillippe Jr. said that while his letter is not binding, “I believe it is highly likely that any committee with jurisdiction over the matter would find improper any change to the election, selection, allocation, or binding of delegates, thus jeopardizing the seating of Nevada’s entire delegation to the National Convention.”

Clearly, the RNC fears that mischief at the Sparks convention this weekend could result in Ron Paul delegates taking Mitt Romney slots and then not abiding by GOP rules to vote for the presumptive nominee on the first ballot in Tampa. So they are trying to force McDonald to ensure that actual Romney delegates fill 20 of the 28 national convention slots, thus removing any mystery of who they will vote for.

This could be even more fun on Saturday because – and I may be wrong – I don’t think these Paul folks respect authority too much. And now the new chairman, who is close to some of the Paul folks, has to be the enforcer.

As it turns out, the Paul Campaign was as successful yesterday in subverting the will of the voters in Nevada as they were here in Massachusetts last saturday.  

Apparently, they don’t have a Rule 5.2 in Nevada!


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  • Did the voters will a Romney slate? No.

    Besides that nobody has voted on anything yet and no one’s will has been subverted except for Romney’s.  The Nevada delegates are pledged to Romney, same as they are here.


    Nevada delegates are bound by the state’s results on the first convention ballot, so Romney will still get their support. Paul’s Nevada supporters are not challenging that rule, for fear of losing their convention seats altogether.

  • Romney should adopt a return to the dollar/gold link. Then the Paul delegates will become Romney delegates.  

  • jgould

    All Paul supporters have done is engaged the process. How is it their fault that the supporters of other candidates don’t really care or bother to show up and participate?

    For a group that supposedly is a bunch of people making a lot of noise on the web they sure seem to have a lot of boots on the ground. Something that the GOP needs desperately if they want to win because nobody is really that excited about Romney whereas Paul garners crossover groups such as the “Blue Republicans”.

    From what I can see. The alienation of us “Paul Bots” and assuredly the “Blue Republicans” will kill the GOP for a decade or more and ensure a second term for Obama.

    All Paul has done is reminded his supporters that we live in a Constitutional Republic and that the process is more than the mere democratic beauty contest. To think otherwise is to ascribe to the idea of direct democracy and majority rule in lieu of the electoral college and active participation instead of just being armchair politicians and assuming everything goes your way.

    In Liberty,

    J. Gould, Milford Ma.  

  • …Maine is sening a combination of Paul and Uncommitted delegates.

    I cannot help but think that the RNC is acting at the ehest of the Romney campaign, in the same way that MA GOP did.  The situations are analogous – since Romney WILL BE the delegate, it makes sense to work with the campaign for the convention, as no other candidate is sending delegates.

    BUT -in ME and some other states, there WILL BE RP delegates are RP met the threshhold to be granted delegates.  Unlike the Gingrich and Santorum delegates (and there WILL BE those, too) RP has not formally withdrawn.

    The Romney Campaign is attempting to micromanage delegate selection, and wants delegates selected from Central Casting.  If they were SMART, they would concentrate on making it clear that the delegates must vote as elected on that crucial first ballot instead of winning friends and influencing people by disenfranchising the delegates slected.

    And I speak as a Romney supporter (from the outset) and former Romney delegate.

  • Chan McCao

    The real purpose of these rules are for the parties to negotiate and that’s what politic is about; it’s about heading off social tensions before they blow up.

    It’s easy to fix things politically than to go into a civil war.

    You’d think all these highly paid party cardres would know a thing or two about politicking.  Instead we have a woman (Nancy Luther) suspiciously resigned.  This is somehow who didn’t make up her mind up to the Primary day.  Then a young person Sisk didn’t replace her.  Are these people showing too much compromise and could possibly be someone who can help resolve things the amicable way and that’s why they were kicked out?

    What about the Paul people who watch how things transpire and act in response appropriately.  It’s true they pledge no one but Paul but that’s what young people do.  They settle business by clubbing each other.  Can’t blame them because they were designed that way.

    But adults too?  May the rich men win?  Invoke technicality where it suits them?  Why didn’t they just write one sentence — we only elect delegates who pledge and we alone are comfortable that they will walk through mine fields to support the winner?

    No, they wrote the rules that way to facilitate politic but they don’t practice it, or at least according to some people here.

    Any why are my posts deleted but the guy who posted the tin foil hat picture didn’t get banned?  Just so to make fun of me?  

    I’m a Blue Republican, meaning I’m a Republican, am I allowed to play here?  Are there rules against people like me?

    Honestly, at this point in life I find it really hard to go liberal again but the conservative side is not lacking nastiness.  It’s just the veneer of civility that fooled people, even myself.