UPDATE: MA District 5 Delegate ChallengeSubmitted by digthat27 on Wed, 06/06/2012 - 16:34
I just heard news from an alternate delegate out of MA District 5 that they got the good news today that the results have been upheld by the Allocation Comittee. For those who hadn't heard/don't remember, a Republican state committeeman chosen by the Romney campaign to run for alternate delegate named Janet Leombruno challenged the caucus results, putting 3 delegates and 3 alternate delegates (coming from the Liberty Slate) at risk of being replaced.
"Ms. Leombruno argued that because caucus attendees did not 'sign statements including their names, addresses, and Republican affiliation' as stated in the rules, it is therefore "entirely possible that individuals not qualified to participate in the Caucus, in fact, cast votes in the Caucus elections." -See http://www.redmassgroup.com/showDiary.do?diaryId=14715 for explanation of her challenge.
On a side note, Janet Leombruno left the caucus early to coach a softball game before she even gave her speech. MA GOP By-Laws Chair Ed McGrath also ran for delegate at this caucus and lost. Neither of them objected to the registration process during the caucus.
Finally, I defer to a comment I made when this challenge was originally brought up:
When I was sitting at my table, waiting for more people to arrive, she was walking around introducing herself as running for Romney delegate. At this point, she didn't know I was there to vote for liberty delegates, until my section filled up with RP supporters. So I was going along, listening to her babble on, then she says, "You know, I hear the Ron Paul people think they're going to take this. They're shipping in people from all over the place. Four years ago, there were only about sixty people here." I just went along like "Oh, yeah? Really? Wow..." etc. So what I'm thinking is - she already had this "people are here who shouldn't be" concept ahead of time? How did she "know" this yet there was NO talk of it anywhere in the RP community? It was contrived. We RP supporters showed up and swept, they're upset.