“Truth is treason in the empire of lies.”
The Romneybots are at it again…this time, taking delegate seats as well as challenging others. The lengths that they will go to in an attempt to get this man in office astounds me. Did the NeoCons become RINOs overnight? Or is someone getting paid to play?
In Louisiana, they have pretty much lost their collective mind. The LA GOP put up a press release on their website. You can view that here:
They claim that the delegates in support of Ron Paul would not compromise, and that they filed suit against the LA GOP. So, in turn, the GOP filled their seats with Romney supporters and certified their replacement with the Republican National Committee. The press release also claims that Paul suspended his campaign, which is false. There is a large difference between “not actively campaigning” and “suspension”. Apparently, the folks in the LA GOP need to consult a dictionary now and then.
“We have a very conservative and enthusiastic delegation,” said the LA Chairman, Roger Villiere, Jr. “The Louisiana delegation is composed of Republican leaders, supporters and activists who are committed to uniting the party and defeating Barack Obama in November.” The delegation of 46 will have one Paul supporter, Lucas Wallace, who is on the state central committee.
The Paul campaign is challenging the seating of these 46 delegates, and with good cause. The Louisiana state convention was divided, with two delegations being selected. You can read about the chaos here:
The campaign says that the delegate list that was released by the LA GOP was chosen against the rules, and the Paul supporters were forced to hold a rump convention, in which the majority attended.
“We believe that they grossly and blatantly and repeatedly violated their party rules and elected a delegation that was improper,” said Jesse Benton, chair for the Paul campaign. “We believe that our rump convention is the legitimate delegation and they have a right to be seated at the Republican National Convention.” The LA GOP claims to have kept constant contact with the Paul campaign after the convention, a claim that Benton says is false. “We were hardly contacted,” said Benton. “They have been extremely non-communicative. They gave us a cold shoulder.”
Here is a video that shows some of the violence inflicted upon Paul supporters at the LA GOP convention:
Some Louisiana Paul supporters were prevented from voting during the delegation selection process. The campaign intends to file an official challenge with the RNC, which will be heard by the Credentials Committee about a week before the convention. While a challenge is in place, no delegation will be officially seated, according to RNC rules…if the rules are followed.
Speaking of not following rules, the Maine delegation, made up largely of Paul supporters, is being challenged as well. Peter E. Cianchette, a Maine Republican who ran unsuccessfully for governor in 2002, is challenging the entire delegation and alternate delegation, excluding the seat of Maine governor, Paul LePage.
(Peter Cianchette, former head of Bush/Cheney campaign and failed gubernatorial candidate from Maine)
Cianchette claims that the delegates were not properly credentialed, making the vote illegal. He also claims that there was no quorum when delegates and alternates were selected. He alleges that the convention officials repeatedly broke rules and violated parliamentary procedure. Funny. Wasn’t it in Maine that a person on Romney’s payroll was caught passing out a fake slate? You can view that here:
Maine Republican Party Chairman Charlie Webster said after the state convention that he expected challenges but that from his perspective, delegates at the state convention were appointed properly.
“Before I turned over the gavel we established a process. We had a checker in each county,” said Webster. “We had those folks involved in the tabulation. In my role as chairman of the party, I’m going to go to the Republican National Convention to make sure those votes are counted.”
Jan Dolcater, Republican chairman in Knox County, who is a member of the party’s credentialing committee, agreed.
If the Maine delegates are not seated at the National Convention, Maine will be losing its voice in the GOP, as they will be dwindled to only three seats: the governor, the National Committeeman, and the National Committeewoman. The challenge will first be heard by the party’s Contest Committee in about two weeks, but its finding can be challenged before the Credentials Committee, which will meet the weekend before the GOP convention, to be held Aug. 27-30 in Tampa.
The Paul campaign is also challenging the delegation in Massachusetts (though not the entire seating) as well as the alternates in Oregon. These actions have not been widely discussed, and have been happening silently for the last few months.
Doug Wead, adviser to the Paul campaign, had this to say about the Paul campaign legal team and their actions:
“Some are critical of our legal team. One ad hoc field organization of lawyers has said, “We are taking over the campaign.” But anyone who knows anything about law knows that we cannot be making headlines by announcing what we are doing. What I can say is this, the campaign has quietly but effectively taken action in Massachusetts, Louisiana, Oregon and other states where there were clear violation of rules and our people were cheated or hurt.”
He does mention that some criticism is warranted, as everyone makes mistakes. He pointed out that he feels that some critics were out for promotion, attention, or to make money.
“The campaign has not taken action in places where, regardless of how we may have been treated, we were going to lose anyway. And there are reasons for this. We also are not taking action in states where we controlled the process. If we lost in those states it was our own fault. The campaign has not wasted valuable financial or staff resources on meaningless lawsuits that have no basis in law and are destined to fail.”
(from Doug Wead: The Blog)
(courtesy of Gage Skidmore)
The legal team is taking the appropriate actions by challenging the delegate seating through RNC procedures. The question remains, however, of whether they will prevail before the Credentials Committee.
If we are able to win and retain and restore delegate seats in MA, MN, and LA, Paul will have the plurality for nomination from the convention floor, a fact that scares the hell out of the neocons and the Romney supporters. Will justice prevail? Have faith, friends.
“Let the Revolution begin.”