Surprise GOP rule switch? (Steve Parent gets a mention in the Salt Lake Tribune article)Submitted by Phantom on Sat, 05/10/2008 - 09:47
Surprise GOP rule switch?
State convention might release Romney delegates; dark horse Paul could benefit
By Robert Gehrke
The Salt Lake Tribune
The Ron Paul Revolution will not go quietly.
As they have done in Nevada, Minnesota and elsewhere, a number of Utah Ron Paul backers are trying to get elected today as delegates to the Republican National Convention where, under a proposed rule change, they could be free to vote for whomever they want.
Under existing party rules, the 36 Utah delegates to the convention are obligated to vote for Mitt Romney, who won the state GOP primary with 90 percent of the vote.
But today, the state party will consider changing its rules to release the delegates and let them vote for whom they see fit.
The proposed bylaws change comes in response to a request from Romney, after he dropped out of the race, to release his bound delegates.
That could free the delegates to support whomever they want at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul in September - a point not lost on Paul supporters.
On blogs and in e-mails, Paul backers have spread a strategy aimed at getting Paul supporters elected as delegates in order to keep Sen. John McCain from getting enough delegate support to clinch the nomination. That could force a convention fight, they argue, and give Paul a path - albeit a contorted one - to win the nomination.
“We will try to force a brokered convention - there
is no way around it,” writes Steve Parent on "The Daily Paul" blog.
Read the rest of the article here: http://www.sltrib.com/news/ci_9214559
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