A Texas Delegate’s Report on the “Tampa Tempest in the Convention Hall”

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Briefly, there are items that have passed the powerful Rules committee that freedom loving Texans and activists of other states are attempting to roll back. In a nutshell, the most egregious of the Rules changes would give a presumptive presidential candidate veto power over duly elected States’ delegates, without even having to justify why. Grassroots are rightly outraged over this. Another one would consolidate huge amounts of additional Party power in the national Republican National Committee, which is frankly, dominated by smaller and more moderate states. Its membership operates, in essence, like a Senate but without a counterbalancing House.

While Texas delegates are unified against these measures, not all states are on board yet. Especially if you have activist contacts in other states (whether or not actually at the Convention in Tampa), please help spread the word that they should actively support a minority report that would roll back these rogue rule changes.

Below is a verified account from an Indiana delegate that describes the situation in more detail.

On Tues., the Convention Rules Committee will report the revised RNC Rules for adoption. A minority report will be presented to delete an amendment which has the effect of allowing Presidential candidates to select his bound delegates in all of the states he carried by allowing him to “disavow” any of them. They are then not certified as a delegate.

Here is the amendment to be deleted by the minority report with the disavowal language:

Add a new section 15(a) and replace as follows and renumber accordingly:

“(1) Any statewide presidential preference vote that permits a choice among candidates for the Republican nomination for president of the United states in a primary, caucuses, or a state convention must be used to allocate and bind the state’s delegation to the National Convention in either a proportional or winner-take-all manner, except for the delegates and alternate delegates who appear on a ballot in a statewide election and are elected directly by primary voters.”
(2) For any manner of binding or allocating delegates permitted by these Rules, no delegate or alternate delegate who is bound or allocated to a particular presidential candidate may be certified under Rule 19 if the presidential candidate to whom the delegate or alternate delegate is bound or allocated has, in consultation with the State Party, disavowed the delegate or alternate delegate.”
Add anew 15(e)(3) as follows:
“(e)(3) The Republican National Committee may grant a waiver to a state Republican Party from the provisions of 15(a) and (b) where compliance is impossible, and the Republican National Committee determines that granting such waiver is in the best interests of the Republican Party.”

This puts the candidate, not the state party, in control of who is a delegate from your state. By disavowing a delegate he is out, even though already legally elected. As a practical matter, no state party wants its delegates to be disavowed so they will make sure that all the delegates are agreed to by the winning candidate and the candidate will have the hammer to make sure that happens. As a result, the winning candidate controls the selection of delegates, not the state party. This is the biggest power grab in the history of the Republican Party because it shifts the power to select delegates from the state party to the candidate. And it would make the Republican Party a top down, not bottom up party.

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  • reggiec

    A republic places power in the states a dictatorship places all power at the top.

  • CSN

    The RNC and Romney stole the Delegates from Paul….yes STOLE them…shut out the lights, called the Police to make them leave, threw out their votes….it was the worst game of politics I’ve ever known.

  • 1_Eddie_1

    I don’t know why, but I keep thinking about the introduction to the tv series of Superman. Truth, justice, and the American way. This ain’t it folks. This is bigger than Ron Paul getting cheated, America got cheated. This is how the progressive repugnant party is going to stifle freedom. This is how the party will foist progressives upon America, then they will lead Americans around by their nose rings. Then beg you to “give their choice a chance, and we can hold their feet to the fire”. What a crock of bullcrap. If someone urinated onto your face and told you it was raining, would you believe it? Hell no you wouldn’t! The repugnants are no better than the democrats, both parties will lie, and cheat to get their way. Stop allowing yourself to be manipulated. Sheople say “Baaa, baaa, baa, then do as they are told by the establishment.” Step away from the microscope, and get the BIG picture. Your opinions are being formed for you by the media, it is a form of brainwashing. As a matter of fact, this is even bigger than America getting cheated. In the end it is about world domination. What do you think Agenda 21 is all about? Thank you George Herbert Walker Bush. It is all about a “New World Order”, the fix is in, and you are not in on it. In other words, you are being played.