Red Mass Group has learned that the Allocation Committee of the Massachusetts Republican State Committee has informed seventeen delegates and alternates that they are not qualified to go to the convention in Tampa. The reason given is failure to return the proper, signed, affidavit by the given deadline. Allocation Committee Chairman, Ed McGrath, told Red Mass Group in an emailed statement that, “no one who was elected as a delegate and who has followed the rules has been disqualified so far.”
The Massachusetts Republican State Committee held congressional district caucuses on Saturday April 28, 2012 to elect 27 delegates and 27 alternates. Before being allowed to stand for election, each nominee for delegate was asked to pledge their support to Mitt Romney per the rules for selection of delegates of the Massachusetts GOP.
Stephen Zykofsky, the Chairman of the committee that set the rules for the selection of delegates, sees this as an important distinction. Zykofsky told Red Mass Group that the rules only apply to nominees for delegate, not those elected at the April 28, 2012 caucus. Zykofsky believes that, “the state party was in its rights to ask for affirmation of support for Mitt Romney before the caucuses were held. That affirmation could have come in the form of a pledge, which was done, or in the form of an affidavit. The rules do not call for affirmation after the election is over.”
Zykofsky does stress though that he told elected delegates that they should sign the affidavit, to avoid any pitfalls.
Brad Wyatt, the leader of the Ronald Reagan Liberty Slate, said in an emailed statement, “Disappointed that the Allocation Committee would ignore the Republican voters of the Massachusetts Congressional Districts by refusing to even communicate with the delegates after numerous attempts to reach out to the allocation committee to discuss problems/issues with legality of the affidavit. The continued arrogant attitudes and clear manipulation of the rules by members of MassGOP leadership are a perfect example of why almost 90% Massachusetts residents refuse to be a Registered Republican and active in the Massachusetts Republican Party.”
Wyatt continued, “Some elected delegates candidates had less than 40 hours to review, sign, notarize, and return an unprecented affidavit with an arbitrary deadline to MassGOP headquarters. Ultimately, many elected Ronald Reagan Unity Liberty slate delegate candidates that were just de-certified by the Allocation Committee had turned in the original, MassGOP affidavit by the time of their decision.”
Wyatt went on to say that given Rand Paul’s endorsement of Mitt Romney last week that he thought the “numerous olive branches” offered by the Liberty Slate would have been accepted.
Wyatt concluded his statement by saying, “The mishandling of issues regarding the Provisional Ballots, 5th District Challenge, and Affidavits will only harden the resolve of the Liberty Caucus supporters, to work with the grassroots activists to re-build the Republican Party in Massachusetts, and help promote Liberty issues such as Auditing the Federal Reserve, and requiring Congressional Declaration of War to fund a war. Most likely, multiple challenges will be filed to the RNC rules committee, as the MassGOP leadership decides to waste its time and resources fighting with loyal, hardworking, grassroots activists rather than defeating Democrats.”
Sources with knowledge of the proceedings of the Allocation Committee, stated that the rulings were promulgated, with as much speed as possible, to give those delegates affected enough time to appeal to the Republican National Committee. According to Rule 20 of the RNC the affected elected delegates have until July 28th to do so.