Officials 'FRANTIC' Over Ron Paul Supporters Seizing Control of GOPSubmitted by emalvini on Thu, 05/03/2012 - 12:14
Steve Watson | Infowars.com
May 3, 2012
If Paul can score a plurality of delegates from five states, his supporters could nominate him from the convention floor. At this stage a brokered convention remains highly unlikely. However, with a strong showing among delegates the Congressman’s supporters hope to secure a speaking spot for Paul and some control over the party platform.
Josh Putnam, a professor of political science at Davidson College and expert on delegate procedures, told TPM that Paul’s supporters should “easily” reach the required threshold of delegate pluralities, and warned that the effects could be far reaching.
“Broadly speaking, I don’t think anyone has a firm handle on how deep this goes,” Putnam told TPM. “This is a headache for Romney and they’ll have to deal with it at some point.”
Republican officials are warning that Paul’s supporters are seizing control of the party at the State level.
“It’s down to a matter of trust,” Craig Robinson, a former political director of the Iowa Republican Party told The Hill.
“If you’re the Romney campaign, can you trust the Iowa GOP to work with you? If this delegation is going to go down to the Florida convention and cast their votes for Ron Paul, I think the answer is no. I wouldn’t blame the Romney campaign for being skeptical of working with the Iowa GOP.”