Deceptive Story: Paul campaign condemns 'underhanded' grassroots efforts to take over Idaho GOP, award Romney delegates to PaulSubmitted by ralph hornsby on Thu, 05/10/2012 - 18:03
What John Tate REALLY said: From Ron Paul 2012
IDAHO NEWSPAPER GOT IT WRONG ABOUT WHAT MR. TATE SAID
Ron Paul's presidential campaign manager, John Tate, on Thursday condemned the effort by Paul supporters to take over the Idaho Republican convention by capturing precinct committeeman posts in Tuesday's primary.
Tate said the activity in Idaho — following a binding caucus that gave Mitt Romney 62 percent of the vote among 45,000 GOP voters — is not in keeping with the Paul campaign's practice of chasing delegates in other states with non-binding "beauty contests."
"In Idaho, isolated instances of grassroots activists working toward an ostensible ‘hostile takeover’ of the GOP are not sanctioned by the Ron Paul national campaign," Tate said in a news release that came four days after an Idaho Statesman account of an effort led by Ryan Davidson, an Ada County GOP Central Committee member.
Davidson declined comment Thursday.
Davidson said Paulers are aiming to capture enough precinct committee posts to dominate county organization meetings after Tuesday's primary. There, Davidson said, they aim to elect two-thirds of the delegates to the June 22 State convention and move to suspend the rules and award Idaho's 32 delegates to Paul rather than Romney. Romney's victory was big enough to ensure him all 32 delegates.
“I’ll do the scorched earth if I have to,” Davidson told the Statesman last week.
In a training video, Davidson says, “If two-thirds of the delegates to the Idaho State Convention are Ron Paul supporters, they can vote to suspend the rules, overturn the results of the caucus and award all the national delegates to Ron Paul."
Added Tate: “Therefore, the Ron Paul 2012 Presidential campaign condemns efforts to expand its influence in the Republican Party in Idaho and beyond when these activities are couched as vengeful, underhanded, or markedly distasteful."
Republicans, including former Gov. Phil Batt, are working to fight back, sending 20,000 post cards to Ada County Republicans listing precinct committee candidates loyal to Romney.
Said Batt: "I'm happy if they're getting their internal affairs in order, but it was disruptive to Idaho to begin with."
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