Ron Paul Supporters Submit Challenge to Oklahoma GOP State ConventionSubmitted by Kathleen Gee on Tue, 05/22/2012 - 19:52
H/T to DPer Ralph Hornsby for the Google Docs.
Ron Paul Supporters Submit Challenge to Oklahoma GOP State Convention [official Press Release and Letter from Herbert W. Titus of William J. Olson, P.C. Attorneys at Law, Vienna, VA]
Attorneys representing grassroots supporters of presidential candidate Ron Paul delivered a letter, dated Tuesday, May 22nd, to Oklahoma GOP Chairman Matt Pinnell challenging the “the legitimacy and legality of the purported selection of at-large delegates and alternates to the Republican National Convention at the May 12, 2012 Oklahoma Republican Party Convention.” The letter contends that the election of the State Republican Executive Committee’s national delegate slate is void because convention chairman Marc Nuttle failed to conduct the vote by roll call ballot as required in party rules. Instead, Nuttle called only for voice and standing votes, which do not take into account proportional weighting by county.
Matt Pinnell, the OK GOP Chairman, sent us this statement: It is our position that all of the delegates elected at the convention were elected properly and majority clearly ruled with a minority voice. The delegates and alternate delegates elected at the convention are the delegates and alternates that will be certified to the RNC. Any other people who claim they were elected as delegates in the parking lot after we adjourned at 5 pm are not delegates and will not be certified to the RNC. There are certainly provisions in the RNC Rules that allow individuals to bring a challenge to the seating of delegates. There are specific RNC Rules that govern such challenges. A Committee on Contests considers the challenge in the first instance. The final decider is the Credentials Committee in Tampa Bay.