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Ron Paul campaign condemns Alaska GOP exclusion of all non-Romney delegates

The Ron Paul 2012 Presidential campaign condemned today the efforts of the Alaska Republican Party and its chairman Randy Reudrich to disenfranchise Paul and other non-Romney delegates to the party’s upcoming state convention. In doing so, the Paul campaign also announced that it will utilize all legal tools at its disposal to prevent or reverse the state party’s illegal efforts to omit non-Romney delegates to the convention.

The state party-initiated conflict in this regard is especially worrisome and politically sensitive as the Paul campaign believes it won a significant portion of delegates at the Alaska State House district conventions already held. The Paul camp anticipates that its delegate tally at the upcoming state convention will increase as supporters of former candidate Rick Santorum – including fellow prolife supporters – defect to the Paul camp or become non-Romney delegates to the Republican National Convention to be held late August in Tampa, Florida. In light of this, the issue has national party and political implications because it affects the conversation that will occur in Tampa over whether constitutionally-limited government and an authentic commitment to the sanctity of life will prevail over the status quo.

The Alaska Republican Party state convention is set to be held from April 26th-28th, and all previous communications to would-be delegates have stated that a delegate fee of $250 would be accepted up until the convention registration deadline, which is 2:00 p.m. Alaska Time on April 26th. However, on Monday the 16thstate party chairman Randy Reudrich called a state committee meeting at which he stated that delegate fees would be accepted no later than 48 hours from the time of the meeting, which would be Wednesday, April 18th. However, on Tuesday the state party said that delegate fees had to be paid by 6:00 p.m that evening. As individual delegates and campaigns scrambled to pay delegate fees, the state party erected bizarre and allegedly extra-legal obstacles in front of Paul, prolife, and other non-Romney delegates, and communications between self-identifying non-Romney delegates and state party personnel degraded.

One example of the state party trying to frustrate Paul delegates was in exactly when and how delegates could remit their $250 fee. Acceptable methods of payment ranged from online credit card payment on the state party website – although the link to such had been inexplicably removed – to personal checks that were later said to be unacceptable, to money orders that in at least one case were termed unacceptable and returned. The state party, the Ron Paul campaign argues, capriciously moved its payment deadline and modified its acceptable ways of paying the $250 delegate fee expressly to frustrate Paul delegates and in general any delegates outside the tight circle of party-sanctioned non-Romney delegates.

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Alaska state convention starts tomorrow..

What can we expect??

Talked about this on my show today

67% of we Alaskans voted NOT Romney!

But please DO NOT contact the AK Republican Party! We have this handled and harassing the Chair harms our efforts!

67% of we Alaskans voted NOT Romney!

But please DO NOT contact the AK Republican Party! We have this handled and harassing the Chair harms our efforts!

3 min ago from Ben Swanns Facebook

Ben Swann WXIX
"As you all know, I have been closely watching the shenanigans and in some cases outright fraud taking place in the delegate caucuses. A lot is happening in Alaska right now.. Just want you to know that I am in touch with people on the ground there... all I can tell you at this point is that a very big story is coming out in a couple of weeks. Wish I could say more... but timing is sensitive."

THE Bottom Line

is that the powers that be (establishment) are terrorized at the thought of a divided GOP convention and worse still that Obama would have to DEBATE Congressman RON PAUL on the MERITS of THE CONSTITUTION. To give Ron Paul delegates any ground is to allow the suggestion that The Constitution still matters. This seems to me to be the sad fact of These deluded people of The Dis-united States of America. However the Ron Paul Constitutional Awakening Allegience will not just roll over and go back to sleep.

With all due respect, I will no longer be a voting prostitute for Constitution rejecting harlots.

the powers that be

the powers that be (establishment) are terrorized at the thought of a divided GOP convention and worse still that Obama would have to DEBATE Congressman RON PAUL on the MERITS of THE CONSTITUTION.

That's one (hysterical) possibility.

Another possibility is that many in the GOP want to focus on beating Obama, and believe that unifying behind Romney and minimizing conflict in the party and at the convention is the best way to do that. They also see anyone who frustrates those efforts as opposition.

To win, we have to know the enemy. That means understanding what they're thinking and why, and avoiding hysterical explanations for their behavior when reasonable ones are readily available.


"Know what you know, know what you don't know, and understand and appreciate the distinction."

Minarchism
track

Minarchist- is it not also true-

that for either of these parties to allow significant public debate on the constitution might run the risk of exposing significant past overeaches by administrations from both sides. And in addition to this hamper their agenda for continued overeaches outside the boundaries of our ratified covenant/ compact. I think this also to be reasonable.

With all due respect, I will no longer be a voting prostitute for Constitution rejecting harlots.

If they want to beat Obama

If they want to beat Obama they need someone with passion and no dark past. If Romney wins the nomination it'll be difficult to tell the difference between he and Obama.

You're preaching to the choir here on DP, but

You're preaching to the choir here on DP, but most people believe there would be a big difference. Try to get them to articulate what that difference would be, and you're likely to get a lot of incomprehensible hemming and hawing. But they still believe there is enough of a difference to matter.


"Know what you know, know what you don't know, and understand and appreciate the distinction."

Minarchism
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If you really want to help, here is how.

Wait till someone directly affiliated with the delegates in Alaska prompts us to do something. I have been in email communication with one such person. He has asked that we do not bombard with calls and emails. Remember that Alaska is very rural which means a tight knit community of decent people. Even those that are being accused of these actions. They are simply trying to hold on to power and have lost their way. Our job is to kindly, patiently guide them back to founding principles. As the good Dr has said, "you can not legislate virtue." Same goes for fairness in the political process. We can only earn it not demand it.
Again, do NOT arm the party leadership in Alaska by giving them something to complain about in concerns to us.
In an email to me from an individual directly connected to this issue I was told the following. And I don't think he would mind me sharing this as it sums the course of action we should all take regarding Alaska and our own states.
"We are winning this battle with intelligence, true respect for all, clear focus on organizing and the rules, and our most humble and sincere efforts towards grace, and do not need to unleash the wrath of angry hordes."
This is a shift in power and should be seen as a good thing. Only rolling wagons kick up dust.
Allow the tools of due process and the clear documentation settle this issue and be confident that it will.
A sophisticated response is the only fitting one to a sophisticated movement of intellectual liberation.
Take Dr Paul as an example. He would use reason, sound arguments, due process and civility to resolve this issue as he always has. Acting to the contrary will only bring scorn and ridicule. We are not the enemy and neither are they. These recent actions by the ARP are those resulting from fear. We must coax them out of it not beat them.
So for now, be patient. The time for more assertive action will come if needed.

"Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters." Benjamin Franklin

A well placed lawsuit shortly

A well placed lawsuit shortly before the GOP convention based on all these frauds could unbind all the delegates, and even result in two competing GOP conventions.

It's that serious, and the GOP is betting that people meekly accept what is a violation of all the rules for having a convention. Say TWO conventions. When the rules are broken systematically on a large scale, the only thing to do is separate in a real convention.

And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.

It's time to rattle the GOP,

and announce 3rd party. Document all the GOP cheating tactics and blast away at the core of the GOP. None of this would be necessary if the GOP had allowed a non biases nomination process, but that's been far from the case. I think Ron Paul could wake the whole Country up. If not now, when?

alan laney

I respectfully disagree...

Now is not the time to go third-party. Please see my earlier post on this thread for my reasoning:

http://www.dailypaul.com/227472/ron-paul-campaign-condemns-a...

A Constitutional, Christian conservative who voted for Ron and stands with Rand

Is it time to fight, or time to bolt?

Should we quit screwing around right now and move over to Americans Elect? Or should we tell the Republican Party that if they don't behave, we will make an extremely public announcement, describing all the dirty tricks used by the party, and tell America to vote for us over at Americans Elect?

There is a lot to be said for starting a third party run now, vs. in August. The Republicans and Mitt are D.O.A. if we go third party, so we should carry that like the big stick it is!!!

Or does anyone REALLY think that the GOP will let Ron Paul lead the ticket? Paul should present his list of demands of fair play, INCLUDING being allowed to be on the convention ballot, and if they don't sign on the dotted line, we should leave NOW.

After all, the media is full bore trying to convince America that we're already gone. The media is bigger than us. We have to get back in the game. It's something a strong leader would do.

There are enough Ron Paul supporters

That we can run the GOP and Americans Elect. Some of us are setting up to be delegates for Americans Elect and while everyone else is setting up to be delegates in the GOP

It is time to fight...

... for many reasons, but I want to focus on one in particular: Paul supporters have worked very hard to become delegates to local, state, and National conventions (for example, just this past weekend, we swept all three Congressional District Conventions in Minnesota, winning all 9 delegates and all 9 alternates to the National Convention in Tampa). The Paul campaign is not going to bail out and leave our delegates hanging, and we should not advocate that the campaign do so.

We have raised over $1.35 million this week from the moneybomb. Since the campaign pitched the moneybomb as bringing in the needed funds to keep us in the race all the way to Tampa, that is what the money should be used for.

GOP party rules lay out the procedure to get Dr. Paul's name placed in nomination in Tampa. Rule 40(b) declares that a would-be nominee needs a plurality of delegates (not popular vote) in 5 states (this is one reason why we are working so hard to become delegates). If Dr. Paul qualifies, then Rule 40(c) gives his supporters the right to make nominating and seconding speeches, while Rule 40(a) guarantees a roll-call vote to pick the nominee:

http://www.gop.com/images/legal/2008_RULES_Adopted.pdf

If the GOP Establishment cheats us at National, then we can consider a third-party run. Until then, on to Tampa!

A Constitutional, Christian conservative who voted for Ron and stands with Rand

If we are going to bolt, it

If we are going to bolt, it makes sense to take the LP nomination. Americans Elect (since we don't know what its board will do) is a gamble and a last resort.

Remain calm...

this isn't the first time this has happened. We must work from within the constructs of the party. There are far too many hindrances for a third party run. Neither is there a need. We are witnessing a major shift in power within the party. This is a good thing. Any wagon rolling down the road kicks up some dust.

"Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters." Benjamin Franklin

You WILL choose Kang or Kodos!

Incredible! The GOP heirarchy appears to be a den of iniquitous, cheating, vote-theiving scoundrels beavering away it seems for their guy Kodos (AKA - Romney). They are determined POTUS voters must be allowed only the Hobsons' choice of a Kodos or a (more likely!) Kang (AKA - Obama) victory. Or, as Homer Simpson once put it - "Don't blame me - I voted for Kodos." The whole GOP needs to be spring-cleaned. The old guard needs pushing out ASAP.

Sent tweets to both Doug Wead

Sent tweets to both Doug Wead & Ben Swann to raise hell about this. (And also about Texas GOP email singling out Ron Paul supporters)

Immoral funding of Military Industrial Complex by Federal Reserve and US taxation system must stop!!!! End illegal/unconstitutional wars! Preserve US currency!
http://facebook.com/NoPropagandaZone
http://twitter.com/the_chiefe71

The G.O.P. is Dispicable.

What's next? We have seen before the high fees and that they must pay a certain way to be counted. The changing of time for delegate selection. Or, prepicked slate of delegates. Or ignoring their own rules.

I wouldn't be surprised that their is a centralized team of Romney supports guiding the chair persons in each state on how to stop the Ron Paul delegates. Their are very few people left with intergrity anymore.

Sadly

I don't think any of us would be surprised if that were the case, yes disgusting :(

Nazis!

I appreciate the effort of the person who posted they called, and the lady on the phone stated it was a non-issue, an isolated incident. I just can't imagine the Paul campaign would have addressed this issue if they were not certain that it was a legitimate concern. After all, we are all well aware that the campaign is very careful (borderline too careful IMO) when it comes to making accusations.
The actions of the Alaskan GOP are criminal at best, I am so glad to see the campaign defend themselves!

It isn't hard to believe that is for sure

I first read this on the official campaign site. Ron Paul campaign wrote a letter of complaint already. No, this is real. The only person it is a non-issue is the Republican Party of Alaska.

"Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters." Benjamin Franklin

I definately believe it

I know we have had plenty of conversations here in regards to what dirty tricks the GOP will try when they realize S*&t just got real. Well here is one of many, and most likely just the tip of the iceberg. Stay organized, troops!

Attorneys At Law

We're WATCHING You!

Is this "Attorney" already taking a DIVE? Can't proof read your warning letter first?

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In light of the circumstances, and time being of the essence, it's understandable.

Kmiller: The letter the attorney wrote is available here (link was at bottom of the Examiner article):

http://c3408770.r70.cf0.rackcdn.com/4.17.2012%20Ltr%20to%20A...

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confused....

Not judging your comment, I just don't understand what you are saying. Are you saying you feel like the attorney intentionally sent a sloppy letter? Or its a fake? Truly hate to sound like a dunce:-), but I'm familiar with you as a regular commenter, and I find your opinions legit, just wanted to get a clear understanding.

Proper Chain of Command

The proper thing to do is probably to file a complaint with the GOP's judicial committee at state level, and if that doesn't work, with the judicial committee at national.

I assume they exist.

People elected to judicial committees are usually chosen for their fairness as members voting for them don't know ahead of time what kind of bias they might need or wish for, so they choose someone they think will be fair.

What do you think? http://consequeries.com/