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MA delegates asked to sign affidavit that they will vote for Romney on first ballot

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Massachusetts delegates to the RNC in Tampa have received a letter and affidavit that they are being asked to sign and return, affirming that, under the pain and penalty of perjury, they will vote for Mitt Romney in the first round of voting.

Below is the text of the letter and affidavit, transcribed by me, as it was read to me over the phone by an elected Massachusetts delegate. What should they do?

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Dear Massachusetts Republican Delegates and Massachusetts Republican Alternate Delegates,

Under the rules of the Massachusetts Republican Party Plan for the Selection of Delegates and the rules of the National Republican Party, the Avocation Committee charged with certifying Massachusetts delegates for the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida requires each elected delegate and alternate to sign, under the pains and penalties of perjury, the herewith enclosed affirmation, and to be returned on or before 3pm May 29, 2012 to the Massachusetts Republican Party at 85 Merrimack Street, Suite 400, Boston MA 02114.

Electronic delivery, in any form, will not be accepted. Your failure to duly and timely remit the enclosed affidavit will put your status as a delegate in jeopardy.


Ed McGrath
Allocation Committee Chairman

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I ________ residing at _______ in ________ MA, was elected at the ________ Congressional District Caucus held in _______ MA on April 28, 2012 as a National Delegate / Alternate Delegate to the 2012 Republican National Convention. In accordance with Sections 70b and 70i, Chapter 53 of the General Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Republican Party Plan for the selection of delegates to the Tampa Florida 2012 National Convention and Rule 15 of the Rules of the Republican Party, I certify under the pain and penalty of perjury, that on the first ballot at the 2012 Republican National Convention, I will affirmatively Vote for Mitt Romney, the winner of the 2012 Massachusetts Presidential Primary.

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You guys in MA need to seek

You guys in MA need to seek legal counsel on this. I highly doubt anyone will have to sign something saying that they promise to vote for an individual. Sounds pretty scary actually.

it's Massachusetts State Law

that they vote for the candidate to whom they are bound. State party rules also state that a candidate can challenge any delegate pledged to him/her and that a final decision is made by the allocation committee. If the delegates commit to vote for Romney as prescribed by law, then there is no cause for them to be removed. But if they refuse, then the allocation committee will replace them.

It is not true

The MASS GOP set their own rules since it is a private organization. If rules are broken, then I can see legal recourse.

what is not true?

It's a law that they have to vote for Romney.

It's also in the state party rules that Romney can contest any delegate that is bound to him.

Not a "law"

Heeeellllloooo. Why would they need to send an affidavit if it was a law?

LOL at the troll.

Tricks and treachery are the practice of fools, that don't have brains enough to be honest. - Ben Franklin

Because Romney is contesting the delegates

And this is the test to see if they get to keep their spots


First it was a law, now it's a test. Can you make up your mind?

LOL at the troll.

Tricks and treachery are the practice of fools, that don't have brains enough to be honest. - Ben Franklin

What is so hard to understand?

It is a law that they have to vote for Romney and they are threatening to break the law. The Romney team is allowed to contest its own delegates, and they are. If the delegates sign this document, then they will keep their spot as delegates and the committee won't uphold the Romney complaint. If they don't, then they fail the test and will no longer be delegates. This is the committee's way of handling the contested delegates. If they weren't threatening to break the law, then they wouldn't have been contested in the first place.



that rule

that rule doesn't mean what you wish it meant.

that rule

Yes, it does. Now go away troll

Tricks and treachery are the practice of fools, that don't have brains enough to be honest. - Ben Franklin

Sign Nothing......

Say nothing - what are they going to do?


Delegates are chosen right? What process do they have to appoint new ones should you refuse? Even if its not a bluff, there should be no reason to comply with the demand, stand your ground and let them misbehave.