Idaho GOP ShenanigansSubmitted by olafub on Tue, 06/03/2008 - 15:45
This is written by someone who is not a Ron Paul supporter but is interested in social issues. This guy is a straight shooter and not hostile to Ron Paul.
"Bryan Fischer of IDAHO VALUES ALLIANCE 6/3/08
DECK WILL BE STACKED AT ADA COUNTY CENTRAL COMMITTEE MEETING TOMORROW NIGHT
Those who plan to attend tomorrow night's organizing meeting of the GOP Ada County Central Committee, at which the Committee will select delegates to the state convention, should be aware that a pre-approved slate of 59 delegates has already been prepared.
The list is likely to be presented as a take-it-or-leave-it proposition to attendees, who will be pressured to vote for the slate en toto.
Customarily, the organizing meeting gives attendees an opportunity to express interest in serving as delegates, a sign-up sheet is passed around, and thus grassroots party members are given the opportunity to become decision-makers at the state convention.
However, party leadership, evidently eager to prop up the current party chairman, hoping to use the convention to reverse the party's stand on closed primaries, and anxious to prevent Ron Paul supporters from becoming delegates, are seeking to close the door to anyone not on its pre-approved list.
There are a token number of social conservatives on the list, but it is stocked with lobbyists and party establishment types with very few grassroots Republicans. (The IVA has received an advanced copy of the list, which will be released in a separate email shortly.)
Last week, Kootenai County Republicans were likewise presented with a pre-approved list of 23 delegates and essentially forced to vote for the entire slate.
News of the list has already disturbed some long-time party faithful in Ada County, many of whom have worked diligently for the party for years and have served as delegates to every state convention for decades but now find themselves on the outside looking in, reduced to being nothing more than alternates.
Rumors are afoot that GOP leadership will seek to undo the party rule, repeatedly enacted by the rank-and-file, which closes the party's primaries. The party elite, forced by the party faithful to sue for closed primaries, has dragged its feet on the lawsuit, apparently hoping that by stacking the deck the closed primary rule can be undone, thus making the lawsuit moot."