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Iowa elector refuses to vote for Romney - Resigns

Ron Paul elector says no way to Romney.

AMES, Iowa (AP) — A Republican appointed to the Electoral College, Melinda Wadsley was expected to cast her vote for Mitt Romney if he won the state of Iowa in the presidential election. Wadsley decided Thursday she couldn't in good conscience vote for Romney — she had backed Ron Paul during the GOP primary — and resigned to allow the Iowa GOP to choose someone else for that duty.

"I have always been a straight-ticket Republican, and for the first time in my life I am an undecided voter, therefore, I need to resign my position as a Republican presidential elector," Wadsley said in an email exchange with The Associated Press.


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Rare Bird

Rare Bird = A Repbulican who still believes that we should operate as a Republic

Thank you for standing up!

She knew as well as any half intelligent person, her vote would have meant nothing in the electoral process. And she would have been voted in place of resigned or not.

She did the right thing.

The GOP and RNC leadership have proven they cannot be trusted.

Was just going to post this! Not happy about her decision

AT ALL!!! They'll replace her with a Romney-ite http://xfinity.comcast.net/articles/news-politics/20120913/U...
What good does stepping down do??

What are you fightin' for?
Caught in the middle?
Freedom is only for those with the guts to defend it!

Agree with you

Electors are only 1 of 3 Federal positions, the other 2 are US House members and US Senate members, they cannot be replaced unless they died or are sick or resign.

She should have abstained. Not too sure if there is a penalty in Iowa law if she voted for someone else, but there shouldn't be one for an abstention.

I wonder if she can rescind her resignation...


I think this may be good

I think this may be good press about conscience and integrity. It certainly puts out there that the party is not unified behind Romney.

It also shows she is willing to give up her position instead of acting in a way that would cause harm to her and the cause in her state.

The article comments are up to about 4500!

Could this set a record? Not to mention the others links and articles on the web about this.

She shouldn't have resigned - that will be one more voice vote not heard. But hopefully, she sparked a movement and the other electors will start rethinking their priorities - to pick the best candidate for president.

Another quitter.


November 6th 2012 I voted for Dr.Ron Paul
"We must remember, elections are short-term efforts. Revolutions are long-term projects." ~ Ron Paul

same problems as delegates

Once a person, who is an elector, says publicly what he will or will not do, does anyone think it will be ignored? After that article was published, did she not think she would be contacted by someone about her comments? Maybe it was her intent to resign all along unless RP got the nomination. If that is so, then her public statement made sense.

I am thankful that she went as far as she did. May God bless her efforts and family.


heres another link

heres another link http://www.politico.com/blogs/charlie-mahtesian/2012/09/ron-... "Wadsley’s quick resignation is a promising sign, but since Ron Paul supporters dominate the Republican Party of Iowa’s State Central Committee, the chance of selecting another anti-Romney elector still exists." Why she would resign is beyond me, though I can imagine the threats she received after her comments the other day. It reminds me of the "I am Officially Kicked Out of the Republican Party" thread.

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Ours is slowly becoming an age of ordinary,

everyday heroes. Ron Paul is the inspiration.

What good did that do?

They're just going to replace her with a Romnian. Way to go.

Do you honestly think her vote would have meant anything anyhow?

What world are you living in?

After all that has happened so far in this election cycle, you still have trust the GOP/RNC?

Maybe you belong in that party.

Better one wasted vote for Ron Paul

Than another for Romney.

Of course I don't trust the GOP/RNC, that's why she shouldn't have left it up to them to fill her vacancy.


It would be unfortunate if they did replace her with such a person.
What would have been better is if she cast her electoral vote for Ron Paul ;^D


Would have made a stronger statement than looking like a sore loser by quitting, plus it would make everybody talk about the function of the electoral college. Little inescapable civics lesson for everybody.

LOL! There are over 3,000 comments to that article!