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Ron Paul campaign statement concerning Reince Priebus and RNC Rule 11

Reince Priebus (the RNC chairman from Kenosha, Wisconsin), and the Republican National Committee (RNC) threw their support behind Mitt Romney after Newt Gingrich announced he would be suspending his campaign. Through the RNC chair, Reince Priebus, the RNC will help register voters and encourage outreach for Mitt Romney. Ron Paul, however, is still in the race. On Sunday, the 12-term Congressman from Texas released a statement through his campaign team regarding the calls for RNC leader to resign. Many have questioned Reince Priebus's principles as he tries (through the RNC) to unite Republicans behind Mitt Romney while so many are volunteering for Ron Paul. In fact, many Paul supporters state they will not support Romney in this election cycle, regardless of what the RNC says.

Below please find comments from National Campaign Chairman Jesse Benton:

“In April, the RNC asked our campaign for our blessing to begin assembling the Victory organization Republicans will require to guarantee a win in the fall. Building such an operation is no small undertaking, and our Party needed to build in a few months what the incumbent president has been building for four years.

“The RNC offered to set up a joint fundraising committee with the Paul campaign and were very clear that if Dr. Paul became the nominee, the Victory Operation would be behind him 100 percent. They also were clear that they would hold off if our campaign objected. I gave my full consent for the RNC to move forward.

“Chairman Priebus has always treated Dr. Paul and our team with respect, and we appreciate his leadership. He has been an outstanding chairman and has our full confidence.”

This campaign statement does not clear up any questions one may have regarding GOP Rule #11. This statement seems to be saying that the RNC had Ron Paul's permission to set up joint fundraising committees with the Republican presidential candidate. This campaign statement does not state that the RNC had permission to endorse candidates, breaking GOP Rule #11.

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where in the world...

are you getting all of your give up on Ron Paul, Jesse Benton is a sell out information from this? I hope Ron Paul, Doug Wead or someone from the campaign will address this soon and reiterate again how Ron Paul is in it to win it, period! It just seems someone is blowing this up into something it is not. That is fine, it is a free country (at least it's suppose to be), I just hope Ron Paul people aren't the type to blindly follow and give up this easy...

Don't hate the player, hate the game!!!

I'm going to keep donating

Ron Paul is honest and consistent.

If you see that he does something that seems to be a contradiction, check your premises. One has to be wrong.

So either we're missing something, misunderstanding something, or Ron Paul is not honest and consistent.

Check your premises. I choose to believe that RP is honest and consistent. I will keep donating.

I will also continue donating

There is no way for me to know what the campaign is up to, but Ron Paul has survived every other GOP candidate in this race. And he's obviously giving the shake-up to Romney & Co as well. That's good enough for me. I don't sweat these details.

Passion vs. Frenzy

Our passion is a great strength, but it easily becomes frenzy. Anyone studying us would conclude that the ability to be manipulated into frenzy is the best weakness of ours to exploit right now. Don't let them do it.

exactly

what i was thinking, calm the f down people

My interpretation is Priebus probably told both Romney AND Paul

at about the same time.

If that is true, it appears the RNC was trying to put a system in place ahead of time and if the RNC favored both candidates equally at that time, then where is "OUR' share of the pie or just exactly WHAT is the money set up in place NOW between the Paul Campaign and the RNC and seperately (?!) between the Romney Campaign and the RNC?

Are contracts drawn up? Are signatures in place? Is money "merged" at this time? Follow the money......money aside....Priebus is giving Romney free publicity.

SequoiaTrees4RonPaul

Jesse broke his own rules?

The campaign does not accept corporate contributions so how could they make an agreement like this with the RNC?

They didn't

Go read it YOURSELF!

I did read it, that is why I asked

Why would Jesse make a deal with the RNC that breaks the campaign rules for accpting contributions from corporations?

This sentence grabbed my attention:

"“The RNC offered to set up a joint fundraising committee with the Paul campaign"

This paragraph inspired me to ask my question:

“The RNC offered to set up a joint fundraising committee with the Paul campaign and were very clear that if Dr. Paul became the nominee, the Victory Operation would be behind him 100 percent. They also were clear that they would hold off if our campaign objected. I gave my full consent for the RNC to move forward."

Why would Jesse give full consent what the campaign takes no corporate contributions and the RNC is a corporation?

I should have explained my question better the first time. Thank you for your kindness.

I'm Ignoring this Statement by Benton

Jesse Benton is a tool. I only take orders from the commander-in-chief, and that is Ron Paul. He's asking for $650k and I'm going to do what I can to deliver.

As far as I'm concerned Benton is useless to this campaign and everything he says should be disregarded if he's going to let the RNC isolate the campaign even further.

The only information I'll consider looking at now is statements that directly come from Ron Paul or convention results coming from our grassroots. That's all I can trust.

Please , lord, I pray morons learn to understand what they read.

“The RNC offered to set up a joint fundraising committee with the Paul campaign and were very clear that if Dr. Paul became the nominee, the Victory Operation would be behind him 100 percent.

Youre missing the very first thing...

The title. The framing of the release.

RON PAUL CAMPAIGN STATEMENT CONCERNING RNC RULE 11

(Think of it like a reporter asking for the campaign's official response to the question "What is your response to the question of RNC rule 11 violation?")

“CHAIRMAN PRIEBUS HAS ALWAYS TREATED DR. PAUL AND OUR TEAM WITH RESPECT, AND WE APPRECIATE HIS LEADERSHIP.” – JESSE BENTON

LAKE JACKSON, Texas – Responding to complaints that the Republican National Committee has violated Rule 11 by setting up RNC Victory Operations while Dr. Paul still seeks the nomination, the Ron Paul 2012 Presidential campaign issued the following statement.

Below please find comments from National Campaign Chairman Jesse Benton:

“In April, the RNC asked our campaign for our blessing to begin assembling the Victory organization Republicans will require to guarantee a win in the fall.  Building such an operation is no small undertaking, and our Party needed to build in a few months what the incumbent president has been building for four years.

“The RNC offered to set up a joint fundraising committee with the Paul campaign and were very clear that if Dr. Paul became the nominee, the Victory Operation would be behind him 100 percent.  They also were clear that they would hold off if our campaign objected.  I gave my full consent for the RNC to move forward.

“Chairman Priebus has always treated Dr. Paul and our team with respect, and we appreciate his leadership.  He has been an outstanding chairman and has our full confidence.”

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Like i said in another thread, this was a weapon unlikely to be used and, if used, likely to cause division. Still I hope it was not trashed/damaged for nothing.

yay

let's give up. screw the delegate strategy.

This

is just damn crazy. Why would he even consider doing this? All the time, effort, and money people have put into this campaign has just been pissed away. Ron, please give an explanation on this, or I will never send another donation your way. Backstabbing at its best!

I skipped a family vacation so I could rally for you, I took out a personal loan to make donations, converted a few people over to you, handed out hundreds of brochures, and you pull this?

SIGH...the division begins already

It says they agreed if ron paul became the nominee...which if we keep doing what were doing he will be......They will support him...not object and try and exclude him...but ACCEPT him. all you people that have become psychic and think you know exactly whats going on...REMEMBER all the things RON PAUL has done to HURT the system. Theres no betrayel in this and this is just an example of how things can get out of hand like a brush fire.

I'm still not completely

I'm still not completely convinced the communication from the Paul camp is clear enough. It might be helpful to address the confusion before more of us get disheartened or angered.

OMG....

Please give this guy a red pill, quick!

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

I think this level of whitewashing and denial:

“Chairman Priebus has always treated Dr. Paul and our team with respect, and we appreciate his leadership. He has been an outstanding chairman and has our full confidence.”

is a betrayal - of the truth - and we who stand for it.

Read again.

“The RNC offered to set up a joint fundraising committee with the Paul campaign and were very clear that if Dr. Paul became the nominee, the Victory Operation would be behind him 100 percent."

You read again.

You think the RNC has always treated Ron Paul with respect?

Am i the only one ?

1. No ads and no campaign against Romney..
2. No direct challenge to one on one debate with Romney from the Paul campaign.
3. Breakfast with Big Ben... huh???
4. Cleared his calender and announced he was switching gears, haven't heard much sense..
5.No real interest in the conventions this weekend.
6. Now this Jewel

Is it just me?

"If ever time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in Government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin."
Samuel Adams

is it just me

does anyone else see a problem with jesse's comment. i mean They are breaking their own rules, Chairman Priebus has got to go!! Come' on Campaign you are backed by wonderful people who could easily fill in his position as Chair. Take the guy who was Chair in OK yesterday out in the parking lot, he was excellent and very professional if i may add. we dont need another OUT OF ORDER CHAIRMAN who breaks the rules at the Convention!!

His name is Edward Snowden

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Ron Paul needs to issue a statement...

PERSONALLY via video clarifying this, and ASAP!!!

The movement is not going to continue to back a candidate who doesn't truly want to win.

This is shades of Perot '92, Buchanan '96, and Paul '08. None of those campaigns were intent on winning either. I KNOW. I was in the middle of all of them and saw it first hand.

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

Folks...We were betrayed in '08 also....

Should have known this was probably coming.

Unreal.

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

JustLiberty4US's picture

Explain Please

Unfortunately, I was still asleep in 08. What happened?

Btw, I do think this is a terrible move. The supporters have sacrificed so much and the road is long. We all understand that it is about the idea of liberty; however, a little motivation from a leader goes a long way.

The campaign in '08:

Was never in it to win it.

This was admitted to me by Penny Langford-Freeman (R.P.'s campaign manager for most of his successful House races) who was there at the beginning of the '08 thinking/planning process in '07, and who warned Dr. Paul not to hire the homosexual, Kent Snyder, to run the campaign, but was ignored.

There were allegations that millions of dollars were wasted, that the Arlington HQ staff was staffed by libertines (who were anathema in their personal lifestyles to the moral base of the party we have been reaching this time), that $5 million was held back to start C4L without permission from the donors, that we ran NOT A SINGLE national TV ad the week B4 Super Tuesday BECAUSE R.P. didn't want to really win, but just start a movement.

All of this is old news.

I had hoped this time would be FAR, FAR DIFFERENT. And, until today...it had been....

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

"...Penny Langford-Freeman

"...Penny Langford-Freeman (R.P.'s campaign manager for most of his successful House races) who was there at the beginning of the '08 thinking/planning process in '07, and who warned Dr. Paul not to hire the homosexual, Kent Snyder, to run the campaign, but was ignored."

Is that YOUR spin on events? What the hell does Kent Snyder being gay have to do with anything? Is that YOUR personal problem? He was either doing his job or he wasn't.

My impression was that he may not have been the best person for the job, but when he died I had the impression that he may have been kept on to help him pay for his medical issues. I could be wrong, but that was my initial impression.

This has Linda Hunnicutt's stink on it.

She was the one that started the anti Kent Snyder campaign. Thousands of emails and posts on every forum she could get to. Langford was always hanging around her. This is major deja vu.

major deja vu 4 me 2

I went to a luncheon in SF 08 to meet Ron Paul, which I did, but before I went to the restaurant, I joined in with the group walking to the restaurant with Ron Paul. It was fun, except the comments about Kent Snyder being gay. It was like poision. It tarnished the event in that Kent, as far as I could see, was doing a great job being so many things were "new", like Meetups (pay to play). Being in SF, it's like, "Who in this city dares give a damn if the person is gay after Harvey Milk?" Kent Snyder's homosexuality would only endear Ron Paul in SF.

JustLiberty4US's picture

Thank you for the explanation

Thank you for the explanation Stevemartin. If this is all true, how could you possibly be so involved again? I'm not questioning anything about you personally, I am just wondering why someone would go on a roller-coaster like this more than once.