Ron Paul campaign to challenge all Louisiana delegates
July 27th, 2012
08:40 PM ET
9 years ago

Ron Paul campaign to challenge all Louisiana delegates

(CNN) - The Ron Paul 2012 campaign is preparing to challenge the entire slate of Louisiana's 46 delegates selected to attend the Republican National Convention next month in Tampa, Florida.

Paul's campaign asserts the final list of delegates released Friday that were selected during the state party's convention last month were chosen against the rules. At the time, Paul supporters held their own rump convention, or protest vote, in the same room, which composed a majority of those attending.

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"We believe that they grossly and blatantly and repeatedly violated their party rules and elected a delegation that was improper," said Paul's campaign chairman Jesse Benton. "We believe that our rump convention is the legitimate delegation and they have a right to be seated at the Republican National Convention."

Aware of the discontent from the Paul campaign, the state party says they contacted the campaign after the convention to settle their differences ahead of the final release. The party says they followed their rules, but the campaign demanded a majority of the delegates allotted to the state, even though their people were not selected for those spots during the convention.

"Unless we gave them a majority, they were going to challenge our whole convention regardless," said Jason Doré, executive director of the Republican Party of Louisiana. "The whole thing is kind of bizarre."

Paul's campaign says they were hardly contacted.

"They've been extremely non-communicative," said Benton. "They gave us a cold shoulder."

During the March 24 primary, Paul received only 6% of the state vote, while Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney received 49% and 27%, respectively. While Paul didn't receive a great turnout then, his supporters organized to win delegates during selection votes in each district and the state convention.

Out of the 30 delegate slots selected at the state convention last month, about half were left open to be filled by the state executive committee at a later date, leaving open the possibility of more Paul delegates to be selected.

Under state party rules passed in May of last year, the executive committee can provide supplemental rules to the original ones adopted, as long as they aren't inconsistent with the original ones adopted. The rules leave the State Central Committee to elect many of the delegates, who must also sign an affidavit prepared by the state party. The affidavit essentially binds them to certain candidates, minimizing the opportunity for the campaign to convince other delegates to switch their vote.

The party was prepared to award Paul 17 of the delegates chosen at the state convention, but his supporters refused to participate in the selection process, instead holding their own separate vote. Benton says some of the Texas congressman's supporters were kept from voting during the selection process.

"The Louisiana GOP insiders, realizing they were in the minority, grossly and repeatedly violated their own party rules to try to railroad through their preferred delegation," he said.

With the final list of delegates released, the campaign can officially file a challenge with the RNC's Credentials Committee. The committee will hear the challenge a week before the convention next month.

Paul's campaign is also making challenges to delegates in Massachusetts and Oregon, though not their entire slates. Currently, he holds the majority of delegations in Iowa, Minnesota, and Maine. Under RNC rules, a candidate needs the majority of delegates in five states to enter their name into nomination.

"It seems they are all caught up in these personal motives, and not focusing on the picture. And the big picture is electing Mitt Romney in the fall and defeating President Obama," Doré said.

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soundoff (78 Responses)
  1. Jeremy

    Another completely slanted Ron Paul article. big surprise. If the focus is electing Mitt then give Paul his delegates and move on.

    July 27, 2012 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  2. MATT L

    So they just make up the rules as they go?

    July 27, 2012 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  3. Derrel Walters

    Meanwhile, Governor Gary Johnson has just released a new, striking campaign ad that can be found on YouTube. In addition, Governor Veto is nearing the $150K goal he set for his "Get into the Debates" money bomb.

    It's seems like Gary Johnson may be catching some traction. If you believe the GOP is not really fiscally conservative and the Democrats really don't care about ending the wars – I suggest you go check out Gary Johnson on his webpage – GaryJohnson2012

    July 27, 2012 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  4. Jonathan

    This is certainly as shady as it gets.

    July 27, 2012 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  5. Spinoff

    Don't listen to the spin. Look up on the Daily Paul for the videos showing the LA convention. Ron Paul supporters represented well over 50% of the state convention.

    The state GOP cheated and even arrested people who were delegates in order to put the unelected pro Romney slate forward.

    Louisiana has a portion of its delegates awarded by primary, and another portion awarded by the state convention.

    Ron Paul had around 70% of all delegates to the State Convention.

    Watch it on Youtube for yourself! You won't believe your eyes, and you'll see that this report from CNN is hardly exposing the truth of what actually happened.

    July 27, 2012 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  6. Mr. Berke

    Please VOTE for DR. RON PAUL FOR PRESIDENT! on Tuesday, November 6th, 2012! Just the medicine needed in order to cure what ails the United States of America (and therefore to cure the world).


    July 27, 2012 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  7. lisa

    The bigger picture is not electing Romney over Obama......The bigger picture is a failing financial system, Inflation, jobs, housing, significant losses in freedom...etc, etc. You have tunnel vision if you think Romney will change Obamney care??? IJS. How about honesty in government? thats a new one...unless your Ron Paul... I dont think it matters who wins in the fall, they are virtually synonymous in views... as a Matter fact I believe Romney will prove be more exacting than Obama..LMAO! Show Me the Money...aint in my pocket......better yet...Render unto Ceaser that which is Ceaser's and I promise you will get to keep ALL the important good stuff if you just give Ceasr back his money. True story.

    July 27, 2012 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  8. PeoplePower

    How did they count the ballots? Electronic vote flipping? During the convention, the gop committed numerous violations to the RNC rules and were called out on the violation. They didn't want to comply with the rule and shut down the convention illegally. What a fraudulent process.

    July 27, 2012 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  9. Adam Hutchison

    The problem is, Mitt Romney can't win; whereas, Dr. Paul does BETTER than Obama in national polls.

    July 27, 2012 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  10. PeoplePower

    The BIG Picture as you call it is to Elect the candidate that is most qualified and that is RON PAUL. rombama is just a carbon copy of obomney and the Criminal Establishment that has infested our government. We the People are in charge of electing the nominee, NOT the gop establishment of corrupt business as usual, and NOT the MSM, or the nwo oligarchs and the military industrial complex of warmongering murderers.

    July 27, 2012 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  11. davekpghpa

    Blatant violations of the GOP rules against the Ron Paul supporters... it's all on the internet for anyone to see. You don't need a half-baked story like this MSM piece to see the truth.

    July 27, 2012 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  12. Winning

    Somebody needs to post a picture of the Iraqi Information Minister under Saddam with the caption "We are winning in delegates!!" on or below it. These Paultards are something else.

    July 27, 2012 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  13. LeadPoop

    The LAGOP are trying to steal Ron Pauls elected delegates!! They should be jailed for such actions. It's shameful, the only way they can try to get Mitt Romney elected is to cheat. Come on, this is the USA. What a shame.

    July 27, 2012 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  14. angiedavidson75

    Personal motives? How about following the rules? That's what they are doing...period. They were elected as delegates and then thrown out without challenge. There are procedures in the GOP for this that were not followed.

    July 27, 2012 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  15. Matthew T McDonald

    The LA -GOP acted like Democratic Union Thugs during their convention. They didn't get their way so an elderly man who was fairly elected had his hip dislocated and another had fingers broken. If they were willing to do this, why did we expect them to act like gentlemen and ladies during this process?

    July 27, 2012 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  16. icouldahad

    Hey CNN researcher, you forgot to mention in your article how LAGOP brought in 'cops' to strong arm Ron Paul supporters and broke the fingers of one and the hip of another – both duly elected members of LAGOP!! How can anyone expect to have a fair election with that kind of thuggery taking place? The LAGOP is a vile organization and needs to be taken down. There's no doubt that election fraud occured during the 'beauty contest' because it was black box voting. The RNC has been rigging voting machines across the country. Where's your article on that fact? America can learn something from Germany that banned those machines some years back because of the massive fraud. The GOP is going to go the way of the Whigs if it doesn't stop denying the people their vote.

    July 27, 2012 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  17. kj

    The 'deal' they wanted to offer, when they had no leg to stand on at all, would not give Ron Paul the majority of delegates he needs to be nominated from the floor and speak, unedited, as a matter of right at RNC.

    Ron's five states (at least these): IA, ME, MN, LA and NV. Note some delegates may be bound in NV on the BALLOT vote, but the nomination is a separate process, done before then, in order to create the 'ballot' to begin with.

    July 27, 2012 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  18. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Ron, can you bring sanity to the GOP clown show?

    July 27, 2012 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  19. Mike

    "The party was prepared to award Paul 17 of the delegates chosen at the state convention, but his supporters refused to participate in the selection process, instead holding their own separate vote"
    The Greedy Dog Loses His Bone. The entire Ron Paul Cult philosophy revolves around greed.

    July 27, 2012 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  20. icouldahad

    Hey CNN researcher, you left out the part where LAGOP used 'off-duty' cops to arrest and break the bones and hip of two Ron Paul delegates who are duly elected LAGOP members. The LAGOP is a vile organization that will use strong-arm tactics to deny the people their vote. And you should have also mentioned that the GOP has been committing election fraud across the country by rigging the voting machines – except in the case of Iowa where Ron Paul really won the 'beauty contest' but the IowaGOP just happened to 'lose' ballots where Ron Paul won. But I guess you can't write about the rampant election fraud because that would draw attention the the Dem's use of voting machine rigging so that they win. America needs to follow Germany's lead and get rid of all voting machines and practice open, televised elections where the vote count is also open and televised so we can have real election results again.

    July 27, 2012 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  21. dave

    Dear Ron Paul you need to start thinking about how to dump mittens at the convention or sit by and watch the end of the republican party!

    July 27, 2012 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  22. NameLaura Bilderback

    If the establishment GOP are going to break their rules and not honor the fact that Dr Paul won 41/2 districts of delegates out if 6, why even bother to have a caucus. What a joke!

    July 27, 2012 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  23. jen hayes

    II don't get why ppl vote like that. Voting for romney (not capitalized on purpose) cuz you don;t want Obama to win. Well, Romney is a flip flopper. Ron Paul is NOT. Vote for who will do what is best for the country not who you think will win against someone you don't like. another point, why don't we vote for someone outside of the 2 parties that won't even work together. Maybe if they don't have one of their party members as President, they will have to work together.

    July 27, 2012 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  24. Daniel

    Ron Paul has won Nevada, iowa, Maine,Minnesota, maybe virginia, Massachusetts etc. Romney is a terrible choice for america

    July 27, 2012 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  25. Thomas

    Ron ,
    Please call Ralph Nader at 1 800 YOU NUTS !

    July 27, 2012 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
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