Dirty Tricks from 2007/08 State GOP Conventions. How not to lose. Very important!Submitted by joeinmo on Fri, 12/23/2011 - 01:51
In 2007/08 in Missouri, even though we didn't win the State Primary, the Delegates to the National convention are elected by county, District and finally to State Conventions.
By sneak attack We Won a majority of the County Caucuses in the state. But through dirty tricks we lost the state convention and most of the National Delegates to the National Convention. The delegates to the GOP National Convention elect the nominee, not those that voted in the primary. also ultra important in a brokered convention.
Here are some of the most important things to know:
If State GOP sends out a survey to you, always say you are a "Republican," never say you are a Democrat, Libertarian, Conservative, Constitutionalist or Independent Etc. If you have Facebooks sites, Web Pages etc. saying you are one of the above, change it to Republican. You have to remember that the GOP is a club, and the club writes their own rules and one of the rules states you must be a Republican. If they can get something on YOU off the net or from anywhere else "like campaign contributions to the Libertarian Party" they will get you disqualified and you will not be allowed to vote. You cannot complain to the state, the SOS will just say they have their own rules and have no involvement in State Political Parties.
Also become a GOP committeeman/women in your district - very important.
Next, at these conventions you always need someone that knows Roberts Rules of Order and also you need to get a copy of your local GOP county, District and State Convention Rules (For 2012) so you can know how to play the game.
The Convention Delegates as a first vote will elect a Convention Chair and Parliamentarian. - These are the two most important positions at the convention, if you can get your guys elected, you WILL win, you get one of the 2 and you have a chance to win. If you don't get either elected, YOU JUST LOST YOUR STATE for Ron Paul.
Many GOP County Chairs will try and hide the location and date of that County's Convention. If they feel that the convention might get overrun by Ron Paul supporters, they might cancel it and then reconvene at a later date and different place. Keep up with it, and if the convention never gets held hold your own and then try to get recognized at the district and state events for your county event.
Take hidden cameras and recordings. Most GOP conventions will not allow "visible" cameras.
Once a convention is started and a quorum is known, if the Convention chair is being unfair, count how many delegates are on your side. If you have enough to walk out and lose the quorum, DO IT! You will need to leave a couple people behind. 1.) To ask the question - Is there a quorum?
2.) To write down/Record what happens next. This way, those enemy delegates that remain Cannot finish the convention.
Do Not wear Ron Paul T shirts, this will single you out - go stealth. However people need to recognize other Paul supporters so use something like an American Flag button or "Pro Life Pin" that all Ron Paul supporters are given ahead of time. Also leaders should all wear the same color ball cap (bright color) Note at the Iowa Caucuses it's ok to wear Paul gear, it's not a convention.
Get there early
Pre Determine your leaders and who will handle what.
More if I can remember
UPDATE: Try to volunteer for the Different conventions for things like "Check in"
UPDATE 2: In Missouri, if you were a "challenged" delegate, mainly to see if you were a true Republican you were notified that you were to show up at State headquarters during the middle of the day, during the week, when most people are working. This was mainly used to cause confusion and to cause the Ron Paul supporters to get discouraged. Bottom line the state convention always over rules everything. Many people never showed up to the state Gestapo like interrogations and were allowed to vote at the state convention, but we were actually put into a special holding pen at first so we could be paraded in front of the rest of the convention so we could be identified.