I heard last week on the same evening that Lance Armstrong giving up the fight and that the RNC took 20 of Ron Paul’s hard-earned delegates away, presumably to deny him the five delegations ot place his name in nomination. This caused the Governor of Maine, a tea-party favorite, Paul LaPage, to indicate his unhappiness by boycotting the convention:
LePage announced Friday morning that he will skip the convention due to the delegates dispute, even though the governor has said he supports Romney. LePage said he would, instead, pass the week focusing on “state business and spending some time with family.”
“I made it clear, when the challenge was issued, that I felt the Maine delegates selected at the Maine convention should be seated in Tampa,” LePage said in a statement. “It is unfortunate that not all of these delegates will be seated.”
I salute the Maine Governor! Here’s a new delegate who represents a area where Paul won:
Hayes Gahagan, chairman of the Aroostook County Republican Committee, was among the new Maine delegates making plans for Tampa. Although his county caucus went for Paul, Gahagan said delegates supporting the congressman should play by the rules set forth by the RNC and focus on the “prime directive” of defeating President Obama.
“We need to unify and we should accept this compromise,” Gahagan said. “Send 10 Paul delegates, send 10 Romney delegates and let’s get on with this convention and beat Barack Obama.”
That ought to encourage party unity! Rather than Rhodesia, we ought to have representative government.
Instead of trying to reach out to the mainly young people who jammed college campuses throughout the nation to see/hear Paul, the GOP/RNC has treated them with disrespect. Just to illustrate the hazard Mitt Romney faces, guess who was at the counter pro-Paul rally in Tampa this weekend? Former NM Governor Gary Johnson. He urged the ralliers to protest the disrespect by voting for him!
One surprise speaker at the Paul event who received a hero’s welcome Saturday was the only other candidate on the ballot in all fifty states this November aside from Romney and Barack Obama: former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, Libertarian Party nominee for president.
“I have two words for Ron Paul: Thank you!” Johnson told the wildly cheering crowd at the Sun Dome. “Be Libertarian with me for one election. Together, we’ll show the world and the nation that what Ron Paul has stood for is not a fluke — it’s the future!”
(I slightly corrected the spelling of Paul’s name in the article; I know Governor Johnson knows how to spell Paul’s name!) Here’s more examples of potential disrespect to the Paul delegates: Bad seating!
TAMPA — The GOP is shoving the Ron Paul Revolution to the margins — of the Tampa Bay Times Forum.
The Republican National Convention seating chart, obtained by POLITICO Sunday, shows the delegations from Nevada, Louisiana, Maine, Minnesota and Oklahoma all located on the outer fringe of the convention floor. Each are states with significant Paul followings.
Even Romney alternates got better seats than Paul delegates:
“I’m not surprised,” said Sue Lowden, a former Nevada GOP chairwoman whose tenure was marred in 2008 by efforts by Paul supporters to control the delegation despite Romney’s easy triumph in that year’s Nevada caucuses. “Many [Paul delegates] have stated that they are not voting for Romney. We Nevada alternates have great seats.”
Indeed, the alternates — in most cases for Nevada, Romney backers who did not get selected at the state convention — sit in a section slightly raised with a perfect view eye-level with the podium.