Team Nevada just fubar'd RmoneySubmitted by A_G1RL on Sat, 05/26/2012 - 20:54
I’d like to make a few observations concerning the whole Nevada GOP mess going on right now. And I've got something to tell you that I am pretty sure most of you are yet aware of. As a little back story, in 2008 the Ron Paul supporters made themselves known to the state party. As we seeing now in many other states, during the last campaign many Ron Paul supporters vied for delegate slots and working positions within the Nevada GOP. Also as we are again seeing this time around in other states, the leadership of the state convention broke rules, ended the convention improperly, and tried to shut out any participation from people that support Dr. Paul. Being well educated on the rules, the RP peeps reconvened and finished the party business which included electing delegates to go to the RNC. Sadly, the national party lied at the RNC and said the dispute had been resolved and did not seat any of the Paul supporting delegates. It was also found in a court case that the Ron Paul people did act appropriately, followed all rules, and should have been the rightful seated delegates and positions. Of course, that was way after the RNC and changed absolutely nothing in the results of the 2008 election. Quick court cases and decisions only come for insiders.
Between 2008 and now the freedom-minded people did not leave the Nevada GOP. Instead, they became more involved, more participatory, and grew in numbers. As most of you reading this are aware, the results of all this hard work and organization have resulted in not only a near sweep of all delegates to the 2012 RNC, but also state party main leadership positions. Chairwoman Amy Tarkanian stepped down soon after the February 4th beauty contest. Good job Nevada peeps, we sincerely appreciate your perseverance.
You’d think that would be the happy ending of this story, but it seems another couple chapters are still in the making. Recently, five prominent people in positions of leadership for the Clark County GOP have tendered their resignations. Clark County is of major importance to the state party since it has the highest population and home of the city of Las Vegas. The now former chairman Dave Gibbs and vice chairman Stroupe have both announced that they will be joining “Team Nevada”. Both Gibbs and Stroupe through letters claimed their reasons for resigning were due to “distractions” that were getting in the way of their goal of getting Republicans elected. Really? Having more people join the ranks of your party and insisting that it actually follow the principles of limited government and fiscal sanity are distractions? Well, I for one see that excuse as completely illogical and then conclude that the real issue is that they do not wish to deal with people that refuse to blindly appeal to authority.
Bob List, a national committeeman, former Nevada Governor from 1979-1982, currently chairman of the Nevada’s republican party budget committee and sits on the national party’s executive committee, was voted out of his national committeeman position during the state convention. He did an interview in which he admits it was all done by the rules and ‘fair and square’. He even went so far as to add that it was not a surprise to him since the Ron Paul people had grown in numbers, saying that ‘the writing was on the wall’. He described this ‘swarm of killer bees’ as going by principles and not falling in line behind a single candidate in which they’ve been told to support. Oh the humanity. Bob List will also be joining Team Nevada and said during the interview that the Romney campaign is involved in the formation of the group and his nomination will be their main focus of activity. In that interview and through public statements from the GOP we’ve learned that they are basically going to cut off the real Nevada GOP of funds and funnel their monies through Team Nevada.
Team Nevada is being referred to as the ‘shadow party’ being formed in the state. It is well known that it is being formed and funded by both the National Republican Party and the Romney for President campaign. This clearly already violates rule 11(a) of the National Republican Rules as Bob List clearly exposed its purpose during the above discussed interview.
Now even though the term ‘shadow party’ is popular, let us step back and call it what it REALLY is …. a third party. The real and established state Republican Party, which has submitted its rules to the Secretary of State for recognition of its candidates on the public ballots, is still intact and is being run and represented by the people that were duly elected adhering to the preset rules. The people that used to be members of the real Nevada GOP have resigned and are now forming a new party simply because they are …. ahem: butthurt that the people that no longer just do as they are told and actually have principles showed them the door. Team Nevada isn’t simply a group or movement based on ideals such as Tea Party or Campaign for Liberty - they have a stated goal of getting Mitt Romney elected outside of the current state republican party. No matter what name they are giving it, that, my dears, is a third party and Rmoney (not a typo) is their third party candidate. As said before, even Rmoney’s official campaign has even colluded to bring about this third party.
Ready for a little twist to this chapter? Well, a lot of people will tell you this or that and even the GOP has tried to threaten state parties by telling them what is or is not part of the Republican National Party rules. I’ve actually read them, and you can too. http://www.gop.com/images/legal/2008_RULES_Adopted.pdf They’re boring, but they are online for all of us to see. Now take a little trip with me down the long list of rules for this party and scroll all the way down to rule 11 again. We’ve all had discussions about section (a) in which state parties cannot spend money on/with a candidate until they are the nominee. Rmoney is not the Nevada nominee - as evidenced by the state party convention - yet they are breaking that rule. But, more interesting and not talked about at all in the lamestream is section (b). Rule 11 (b) in summary says that anyone that does anything at all towards getting the nomination of a third party is now disqualified. I’ve talked about this numerous times on our show Presidential Paulitics. This rule is the very reason that the lamestream press pushed so hard on asking Ron Paul about his third party possibilities in the future only about four hundred times. If at any time the good doctor would have even hinted at entertaining the idea, the way the national party rules are written he could be disqualified from receiving the nomination at the coming RNC no matter how many delegates he had amassed. The rule even states through use of a multiparty or similar type ballot.
The formation, stated goals, and the very fact that the official Rmoney campaign is coordinating with Team Nevada is a complete and total breaking of Republican National Party rule 11(b). This presidential candidate is seeking the nomination from Nevada for President of the United States within a third party that is clearly NOT the official state Republican Party. Here’s the kicker…. The punishment for breaking this rule is clearly written in the text of the rule so you won’t have to search elsewhere. Mitt Romney “shall not be recognized by the Republican National Committee as the nominee of the Republican Party from that state”.
The ending to this chapter is still to be written as we will be watching to see if any other states mess up doing the same exact thing. I’d love it.
TL;DR: Team Nevada and the Rmoney campaign just boned hard and got Mittens disqualified from getting anything from Nevada at the RNC. I’m sure glad these dipshits aren’t running things there anymore.