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GOP tells Maine to split the Paul delegates

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine’s Republican chairman says the national party has made a decision on the contested seating of the state’s Ron Paul delegates at next week’s national convention.

Maine GOP Chairman Charlie Webster says the national party’s Committee on Contests on Wednesday determined that party rules were broken when a slate of 20 Ron Paul delegates was elected at the state convention in May. Webster says the committee is now telling Paul supporters and mainstream Republicans who challenged them they can each pick 10 delegates.

If they don't, the Republican National Committee will make the choices for them.


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Deal! C'mon LePage! Call for boycott unless all duly elected are seated!

I'm not a conspiracy theorist, I'm just well-informed

Governor Paul LePage needs to

Governor Paul LePage needs to come out and say something on this sick effort from the RNC. Show us the evidence

Brent Tweed says not so fast

WASHINGTON – There's talk of another potential deal Wednesday afternoon to seat some of the Maine delegates loyal to Ron Paul at the Republican National Convention next week.

But at least one Paul delegate from Maine insisted that his side has not agreed to any compromise.

The chairman of the Maine Republican Party, Charlie Webster, said Wednesday afternoon that a special body of the Republican National Committee had found enough evidence of procedural violations at Maine GOP’s spring convention to deny 20 Paul delegates seats at the national convention in Tampa.

“They believe the convention was flawed and there were mistakes enough made that no one was duly elected” as delegates, Webster said.

To avoid Maine losing 20 of its 24 delegate seats, Webster said a compromise was worked out that would award 10 delegates to Paul and 10 to Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican nominee.

Maine’s four remaining delegates are at-large seats held by Webster, Gov. Paul LePage and two state party leaders.

But Brent Tweed, one of the Maine delegates whose seat in Tampa is being challenged, said he and other pro-Paul delegates would not agree to such a proposition because they believe all 20 delegates were properly elected during the state GOP convention in May.

“We haven’t agreed to any deal,” Tweed said. “We think the [Republican National Committee] Contest Committee has to rule in our favor and seat all 20 delegates.”


That's BS

They're stripping Paul of his plurality.

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Seems old Charlie is grasping

Seems old Charlie is grasping for straws, this is the second deal they've offered isn't it?

It is easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled. – Mark Twain