Yesterday former Red Mass Group publisher, Rob Eno, writing for Conservative Review outlined the debate negotiating process and Massachusetts National Committeeman Ron Kaufman’s part in negotiations.
Duprey was not the only person on the committee who was problematic. Also on the committee is Ron Kaufman, a longtime Bushtablishment loyalist from Massachusetts. Kaufman was instrumental, as a member of the Romney campaign team, in working with Ginsberg to strip the grassroots of delegates to the National Committee. He engineered a tortuous process that required Massachusetts delegates to sign an affidavit, swearing under penalty of perjury to a Notary Public, that they would vote for Mitt Romney at the Convention. Kaufman is no friend of the grassroots.
A former member of the Republican National Committee – who still regularly attends meetings – told Conservative Review that the remaining members were a mix of conservatives and moderates, but just about all were loyal to Chairman Priebus.
Today at National Review they quote Ron Kaufman as being proud of his work on the committee. Here’s what he told National Review:
“We accomplished everything we wanted and more,” Ron Kaufman, the RNC committeeman from Massachusetts and a member of its committee on debates, says. “But all that other stuff — the size of the hall, the temperature in the room — that was left for candidates to talk about. All the things Ben [Ginsberg] is talking about are campaign-specific. Those things were not part of our mandate.”
Ron Kaufman believes that Reince Priebus’ committee on debates, of which he was an integral part did a good job. This is a large part of the problem in Massachusetts, and the nation. Something so colossally screwed up as the debates are considered well done by the establishment.