Romney Struggles to Lock Down Rowdy Delegates (This time not us!)Submitted by emalvini on Wed, 07/11/2012 - 20:01
BuzzFeed: A recent tussle between the Romney campaign and the New York State Republican Party chairman is the latest power struggle over delegates in the Romney campaign’s effort to stage a picture-perfect Republican National Convention.
Representatives of the Romney campaign threatened to prevent New York State party chairman Ed Cox from taking the stage at the national convention in Tampa unless he installed the delegates they'd chosen, sources familiar with the encounter said.
The disagreement comes after months of incidents at state conventions, most recently in Massachusetts, where Ron Paul delegates were required to sign affidavits saying they would vote for Romney. In a host of other states, pro-Romney Republicans have struggled to maintain control of party platforms and delegate slates in the face of insurgent libertarians.
At stake is control of the convention, which the campaign hopes will be an error-free infomercial on Romney’s personal and presidential merits. But conventions are also gatherings of diverse and garrulous local political operatives, each eager for a day in the sun, and the intense focus on the events creates a constant risk of derailment.
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