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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