Ron Paul Supporters Fight RNC ShenanigansSubmitted by legalizeliberty on Sat, 09/01/2012 - 11:07
TAMPA – A delegate who is a rules expert detained on a bus during a critical RNC rules vote that his delegation was poised to oppose; the refusal by the chair to recognize procedurally correct calls for the floor and an almost total media blackout of the way Congressman Ron Paul's delegates were treated by the RNC. These were among the beefs of the Libertarian icon's several hundred supporters who'd made the trip to Tampa from all over the U.S. hoping to have their voices heard by their party.
With properly-elected Ron Paul delegates having been stripped already, supporters made a procedurally-correct motion to amend the Credentials Committee Report on Tuesday, but it was ignored by RNC Chair Reince Priebus, causing several members of the Maine delegation to storm off the floor in protest.
Next came a critical vote on new RNC rules that looked like a mere formality to most casual observers watching on C-SPAN and even the vast majority of delegates. But what Paul supporters were painfully aware of was the impact such rules would have on a future grass roots candidate, eliminating the chance that they could ever get even as far as the Texas Congressman had. However, the vote seemed destined to pass and without dissent, discussion, or even an informed delegation for that matter.
Morton Blackwell, a longtime conservative activist and RNC Rules Committee expert, found himself indefinitely detained – along with the rest of the Virginia delegation. The RNC’s bus driver responsible for transporting delegates somehow “got lost” for well over an hour, by which time the Rules Committee meeting had been adjourned.