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Nadine Hanhan wrote a letter to the RNC members

My name is Nadine Hanhan, and I am a duly elected alternate delegate from Oregon’s 4th Congressional District.

On June 23, I attended the District 4 Convention in Roseburg with fellow Republicans as a precinct committeewoman to vote for delegates, alternates and other elected positions. I was excited to participate, to run as an alternate delegate, to record my video, and to see how our Republic works firsthand. I originally registered Republican as an 18-year-old on Independence Day of 2005, but I have never been as excited to participate in politics until this election. For the first time in my life, I feel like I am contributing, like I am making a difference.
Unfortunately, this is being taken away from me because of a devastating lack of respect for the rule of law.

To put things in perspective, my family has a very unique background. My father is Palestinian but was raised in Jordan. He grew up in poverty and then moved to the United States in his late 20s. He, along with my grandparents and uncles, was a Christian, a minority, living in a predominately Muslim nation. As for my mother, she also grew up in poverty. She is Nicaraguan, and she left her war-torn country after the socialist Sandinista regime took over her country. I can remember her stories of how horrible her nation became after the Sandinistas took over. She knew that if she had stayed, she would not have a chance to gain a better life. They moved to this country to make a better life for themselves and to gain better opportunities. My father never even graduated high school, but now he owns two businesses and has given me and my siblings a life that he never had. As a result, I was able to go to college and graduate school, get a real education, and now I am an economist working in the energy sector.

So you see, there are some very personal reasons why I am shocked that I have been treated this way. I always thought that my history represented everything that America was about.
I could not believe it when I received an e-mail from Allen Alley, the state chairman, with no explanation, no apology, and no legal references stating that I was not chosen as an alternate. I was simply told that I was not elected, when I clearly was. I was there. I heard the vote count. I won! But now I am being unjustifiably ignored, and I don’t understand why. I am being cast aside when I am clearly a person who knows firsthand why we need to take our country back!

Furthermore, I would also like to make it very clear that that I made a pledge to Mitt Romney, so if there are any concerns about candidate preference, that is absurd. I made a pledge, and I will honor it. That is what a Republican does. This letter and my defense are about me standing up for myself as someone who has been unjustly treated. That is not what Republicans are about.

I am a 25-year-old Republican activist, and I deserve to be at the convention. I put in my time, effort, sweat, and heart in running for alternate delegate. There is so much work to be done, so please, consider my case as you vote today.

Nadine Hanhan

"When men speak ill of thee, live so that nobody will believe them."