Alaska Patriots Can Award ALL 24 Republican Delegates To Dr. PaulSubmitted by legalizeliberty on Sat, 05/26/2012 - 09:35
FAIRBANKS — Outgoing Alaska Republican Party Chairman Randy Ruedrich told Fairbanks Republicans at a weekly luncheon Friday to “go fishing” instead of returning to the party’s reconvened state convention in June.
The move could thwart an expected bid by a coalition of Tea Partiers and Ron Paul supporters to dramatically rewrite party rules in order to award the state’s 24 Republican delegates to Paul, a change Ruedrich said would undermine the Republican Presidential Preference Poll held earlier this year.
Ron Paul supporters and Tea Party members scored a sweeping victory against what they called “establishment Republicans” at the state convention in April. In a rowdy three-day meeting, which included the booing of U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, dissatisfied state delegates elected new party leaders, including political newcomer Russ Millette to replace Ruedrich, who didn’t seek re-election.