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All future conventions-watch out for these tactics, PLUS: Convention jokes.

Watch out for these things if your state is yet to caucus/convene:

1. Fake slates made to look like Paul slates, but with Romney nominees on them.
2. Attempts to falsely inflate the total number of delegates in attendance so that later on, when Romney people leave in frustration, the few left can claim lack of a quorum (less than 50%.)
3. County/district chairmen (Romney chairmen) forcing your county/district to vote on delegates separate from the instructions from the convention chair, or in a separate location.
4. Phony credentials, out-of-staters given credentials, other credentialing deceptions.
5. Forcing multiple votes on the same items, frivolous points of order, votes of no confidence in (Paul) chairs, etc...all designed to "run out the clock."
6. Lying about the length of time the facility is rented for, or costs of going over.
7. Getting Romney people to present as Paul people at various stages, esp. pre-caucus/convention strategy sessions.
8. Having RINO candidates for office (your state assembly/legislature) threaten to resign their races, or actually doing so, to insure D wins they can then blame on us.
9. Nomination of YOUR PEOPLE who were not endorsed by the RP campaign in advance, in an attempt to split the vote...(Be sure they jump up quickly to decline the nomination.)
10. UNITY SLATES...for everybody but Paul supporters. Be prepared to point out to fencesitters that this is not "unity" but exclusion.

All these things (and more I probably, forgot...please feel free to add to the list) were tried and defeated last weekend at the Maine State convention. Make sure you have good/secure means of communication. COMMUNICATION AMONG RON PAUL SUPPORTERS IS EVERYTHING!

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The GOP in OK turned off the microphones and then continued with their meeting. So, if you had objections the GOP said, that they would only respond if you had a mic. Bring your own mic or bullhorn.

Bring a flashlight. Bring battery backups especially, if your Ustreaming. Find a floor or wll outlet if possible.

And, if you notice ballot stuffing and you confront the chairperson or anyone else about this illegal act get it on video and audio.

I hope the delegates are better prepared in the parking lot. If the elected chair is incapable of running it outside then, elect someone who is capable of doing so.

Maybe this is a good place to say:

I'm not sure if something is up with SC Convention. I hope not but myself and my husband are both going for national delegate, we paid the registration by check and then received an e-mail with many other delegates bar-coded registration badges (12 others) besides for our own. I can't figure out if it was a terrible mistake or if "they" are up to something. Like should I print them out and stand at the door trying to find 12 folks I don't know? It's bizarre.

As you know, SC primary results were for Newt so everything here is totally up in the air. And I hate to say it but #4 on the list sounds like something that is possibly "being created" with these e-mails?

How do we cover for this? Take a lap-top with the e-mails for proof?

Freedom is not: doing everything you want to.
Freedom is: not having to do what you don't want to do.
~ Joyce Meyer

I would suggest....

...you:

1. Take a picture of the whole packet they sent you and keep it.
2. Call the State GOP HQ, and ask them what to do with the others. Record the conversation if you can.
3. Call the State R.P. coordinator, and fill him in on what has happened, and see if they have any further suggestions for you.

GO PALMETTO STATE!!! Show us (again) what states rights are really all about!

"Truth is an absolute defense to the charge of paranoia."

They are up to something

I would ask them if it was a mistake, and if they expect you to find the owners of the badges and distribute them, and the rules that say you are such a distributor. I would call the people and talk about the issue, get theri emails, and email everyone about this and prepare to write a letter to the editor about the experience.

Depending on what you find... corruption.. you might take the papers to the police station and have a report written out so they can be used as evidence.

I have my Republican Central Committee meeting today, and it was moved to a private home and I'm going to challange my RCC today, because they refuse to give me a list of by-laws, and a list of who is in the committee, even though I think I know... and that means the lady who's home we are meeting, is NOT on the RCC. And I'm sure that's ok... But they want me to think she is on the RCC.

I was thinking.. what should I bring to her home as a hostess gift?

Hostess gift =

Liberty Defined and some chocolate chip cookies. :)

Freedom is not: doing everything you want to.
Freedom is: not having to do what you don't want to do.
~ Joyce Meyer

Hostess gift

I gave her a carton of my chicken's eggs, stamped with Ron Paul.

She took a yard sign and a banner and gave me some numbers.

I argused with the chair, about being seated now.. he threatened to resign, and I said, he was being dramatic, and if he did, YES I would take his place and fill the RCC with Ron paul people... we had a guest.. the guy somes in like he's a Romney guy.. I'm so RON PAUL, he eventually showed his buttons.. pulled out two Ron Paul for president buttons and pinned them on his shirt pocket. He took a yard sign... lives very far from me... it was a good day.

And the hostess loved her gift ;))

Now see

you already knew what to do. :) That was a waaay better idea. So did you stamp each egg or the carton? Either way though, that's neat and I would love that gift as well. Good deal Granger.

Freedom is not: doing everything you want to.
Freedom is: not having to do what you don't want to do.
~ Joyce Meyer

I didn't

I really didn't know what to do... but it did come out great, I stamped each egg with a letter stamp I had from 07 so all it said was Ron Paul.

I don't think they really expect me to find these folks

I was just being facetious. There will be hundreds of people there. I only recognize two other names on the list anyway, not sure I've got RP folk in my batch. In fact, I don't think any in my batch are RP supporters but me and my husband. It could totally be a freakish boo-boo. Or is this some kind of "test" to see how honorable we are or what? Just totally weird.

A) it's weird because I have fore knowledge of a dozen names for national delegate. Did they send all these tickets out batch to everyone? That seems weird in a privacy way if they did.
B) did the delegates actually receive their own "stuff" and I was only mistakenly duplicated or am I holding their "golden ticket"?
C) No response from SCRP peanut gallery on this, so I'm wading around, wondering.

Freedom is not: doing everything you want to.
Freedom is: not having to do what you don't want to do.
~ Joyce Meyer

Through another SCGOP delegate

I contacted the two folks whose name I recognized from last convention's floor resolutions. And No they did not receive their badges. We are going to get to the bottom of this on Monday with SCGOP.

Freedom is not: doing everything you want to.
Freedom is: not having to do what you don't want to do.
~ Joyce Meyer

Well done!

Please do let us know how it goes.

"Truth is an absolute defense to the charge of paranoia."

Thanks for this compilation

Very useful.

Now it's about the Constitution and the fight to defend it.

Another thing they tried....

They spread the word that they would start promptly at 9AM, so all the Ron Paul folks were in line at 6AM-7AM, to avoid not having gotten through credentialing when the voting started--making our day extremely long, I suspect, in another attempt to wear us out--and the Romney people showed up afterwards. They all were permitted in too, and the convention started well after 10 AM.

"Truth is an absolute defense to the charge of paranoia."

Bump

We're onto the crooked schemes! We watched Nevada streaming live and we saw it all! We saw the GOP claim that the counting rooms were no longer available. Best wishes patriots!

Excellent! Camera!!

Camera is a MUST when attending, for legal and transparent purposes.
NV convention had hateful and violent Romney supporters who didn't mind getting physical and lying about them being 'monitors' to grab and move you.
Record any obnoxious or violent behavior, which usually disseminates as soon as they see you recording.
Validate all concerns with the Sergeant in Arms/Designated security, if anyone tries to say they are a 'monitor' or a person w/o credentials who may be bothering you.

¶~~*~~Losing an illusion makes you wiser than finding a truth. ~Ludwig Börne~~*~~¶

Yes....!!!

Definitely a fashion accessory for all convention goers.

"Truth is an absolute defense to the charge of paranoia."

Great list

Excellent summary! Thanks!

Pack a sack-lunch!

Maybe the title of this should be changed to "All future conventions-watch out for these tactics" to get more views?

I'm not a conspiracy theorist, I'm just well-informed

Great suugestion...

Thanks!

"Truth is an absolute defense to the charge of paranoia."

from witnessing the NV stream...

11. bringing in hundreds of vocal romney non-delegates to sit in the room and yell out AYE or NAY when in reality they don't have a say, thereby confusing any voice votes, and biasing them towards the pro-romney choice.

Oh...

Thanks. Didn't see that one in Maine....

"Truth is an absolute defense to the charge of paranoia."

Maine Convention jokes....

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Steve Martin Question: what runs more smoothly and faster than a State Convention run by Romney people?
Answer: A marathon for paraplegics.

Steve Martin Question: what is more interesting and exciting than a State Convention run by Romney people? Answer: A Bain Capital employee benefits seminar.

Steve Martin Question: what is less tension-filled and heated than a State Convention run by Romney people? Answer: Diffusing a suicide bomb in downtown Iraq in the middle of August while wearing a parka and thick woolen mittens.

Steve Martin Question: what is uglier than a State Convention run by Romney people? Answer: Mitt Romney on a Mormon mission to one of the towns devastated by Bain Capital (http://www.kingofbain.com/)
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Steve Martin Question: what is more poorly run than a State Convention run by Romney people? Answer: The Maine GOP under Charlie Webster.

Steve Martin Question: what is prettier than a State Convention run by Romney people? Answer: Charlie Webster in a dress dancing with Olympia Snowe in leather, lace, riding crop, and a thong.

Steve Martin Question: What stinks less than a State Convention run by Romney people? Answer: Limburger cheese melting on the back of an overheated skunk with diarrhea running through a paper mill.

Steve Martin Question: what is fairer and more spellbinding than a State Convention run by Romney people? Answer: The Internal Revenue code.

"Truth is an absolute defense to the charge of paranoia."

Feel free to add your own, Mainers....

What was your favorite convention joke, dear reader?

"Truth is an absolute defense to the charge of paranoia."

Oh...and the biggest time waster....

...they used against us was trying to make everything a paper ballot vote. Make a motion to "suspend the rules" and have all votes done by people rising up. If you have the chair, this is especially helpful, as he can simply declare the winners and losers in many cases without even taking time for an actual count. Call for "division" if you don't have the chair though, and are quite sure you had the vote and he/she said you didn't. Then they have to ballot count it.

In Maine, we lost hours while ballots were being printed up while people sat on their hands waiting for them; and then, compounding the waiting, waiting for those ballots to be hand counted off the floor.

"Truth is an absolute defense to the charge of paranoia."