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. Josh

    The Republican party is quickly fading, and this is one of the reasons why – at the end of the day, they are just as corrupt as the Democrats. They offer no real alternative. They offer no real solution. The party leadership is willing and eager to break the rules of the delegate election process to achieve what they want to achieve... the rules be damned! It is honoring the "rule of law" that prevents corruption and cronyism. If they refuse to follow the rule of law in the delegate and convention process, what makes you think they'll do it when they are elected to power and running this country?

    July 27, 2012 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  2. D

    Totally false article. Ron Paul has more than the 5 states he needs and he's had them for a while. The "Nebraska is his last hope" B.S. was created by the MSM to discredit his campaign. Guess what MSM, it didn't work then and it isn't working now. Just remember this, with every Ron Paul article you produce that neglects to tell the readers the actual facts, he gains hundreds more supporters. Your attempts to discredit him have failed miserably. Paul will have his name in for nomination at the Tampa convention. Romney won't know what hit him.

    July 27, 2012 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  3. Dan

    Your last sentence is totally wrong. The BIG PICTURE is for 'WE THE PEOPLE' to vote on who will beat Obama – Mr. Dore

    July 27, 2012 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  4. gwats1957

    I'm starting to like Ron Paul more and more. He could have just shut up, fell in line, and kiss Romney's diamond pinky Ring, but the Man has fight in him, and you have to fear the Dog with fight in his eyes, and respect him, no matter how insignificant you think he is. I'm wondering if the Republicans are so arrogant as to ignore this junk yard dog? Bad Mistake! Paul's supporters could burn their 'playhouse' down. Just another reason they will be denied the White House.

    July 27, 2012 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  5. enuff

    The republican party is now even calling each other "cheaters". like i said before, romney is not officially nominated yet. He should be watching his own actions before he assumes it's all in the bag.

    July 27, 2012 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  6. Gibson

    Go Ron Paul!

    July 27, 2012 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  7. Nav

    selecting mitt romney is not the big picture, lady. its electing the right man for the job and the delegates are free to do that.

    July 27, 2012 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  8. J Parker

    The big picture is that we are not going to vote for romney no matter how much he is shoved down our throats. If the GOP and the romney campaign hadn't disrespected Paul and his supporters by all the cheating lying and stealing, he maybe had a chance of getting our support. But now it will be a write in for Paul or a vote for Johnson or the lesser evil of obama. No way in hell is romney getting our votes.

    July 27, 2012 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  9. Sarah

    So the Ron Paul supporting majority delegates - chosen because Ron Paul WON the Louisiana Caucuses, the "primary" was actually a meaningless straw poll - have been defrauded of their rightful places at the national convention. So much for uniting the party, with friends like Mitt Romney who needs enemies? It goes to show that the GOP establishment would rather see Obama win in in November than allow a true reformer conservative like Ron Paul, who would end their gravy train.

    This should be challenged vigorously by the Paul campaign and I hope they win their rightful delegates back.

    July 27, 2012 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  10. bill

    "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.

    I sure would love to meet this person. Right now Romney is getting killed in the media. He is worse than McCain. I have a feeling the delegates wont go along with this candidate. He is a disgrace to the GOP. He won't even release his taxes. Romney has no chance of beating Obama.

    July 27, 2012 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  11. ditty1991

    MITT ROMNEY CANNOT BEAT OBAMA. It does not matter anyway since they are both the same. More war, more debt, more taxes, more bailouts, more liberties lost.

    July 27, 2012 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  12. Greg

    The Big picture is electing Mitt Romney? That guy isn't fit to eat out of my dogs' food bowl. He flip-flops on every single issue, and even more recently England has said he was worse than Sarah Palin!!!!! This guy is a joke and needs to drop out now and endorse Ron Paul.

    July 27, 2012 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  13. Mike Jones

    Romney cheating? No way

    July 27, 2012 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  14. dlpartyka

    The Big Picture is getting Obama out of office? Your NOT gonna do that with Mitt The Twitt.
    Your ONLY CHANCE Is Dr. Ron Paul.

    July 27, 2012 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  15. Doc

    Oh Ron Paul! Bah! We the People don't want a President who follows rules! Jeez!

    July 27, 2012 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  16. Jack

    Good evening folks. Everyone is cordially invited to visit ...

    July 28, 2012 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  17. Patrick from Minnesota

    Ronny, as [barely] the most respectable of your fellow candidates, just throw in the towel. You didn't win the nomination the first four times and you definitely won't win now (even though many regret it).

    July 28, 2012 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  18. 2012

    All one has to do, to see the mess the LAGOP are in, should just head over to YouTube.. The video evidence is right there.

    July 28, 2012 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  19. Beverly Armstrong

    Since the truth is an integrity issue and not a legal one, we all know CNN has no integrity. I don't entertain liars, or listen to them so shove off!

    July 28, 2012 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  20. Robert from TEXAS

    CORRECTION: He needs a "plurality" of five states, not "majority" !! FYI..Dr. Paul already has a plurality of five states.

    July 28, 2012 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  21. sterlingtraveler

    well it can only help the republicans is paul sees this out to the bitter end.

    July 28, 2012 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  22. sterlingtraveler

    It can only help the Republican part if Paul sees this out to the very end.

    July 28, 2012 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  23. Lobo

    Wow i guess if you cant hate on mitt you lib nit wits dont read or comment. cant underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups. look at what we have in office right now. wonder if obama will use uhaul to move out of the white house

    July 28, 2012 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  24. john

    The only thing more BS than this article is the LA GOP's attempts to dictate the results of the convention like Stalin handing down election results.

    July 28, 2012 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  25. Doug

    "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.
    We ARE looking at the big picture and that picture is as follows: Paul supporters followed the rules, the state GOP did not. Paul supporters were there to support their candidate, doing the footwork needed in times of trouble and Romney's were not. Romney is the one responsible for energizing his base but failed to do so. Paul supporters should be seated.
    If this continues, Paul supporters will vote for a third party or write Paul's name in on the ballot. If this happens in the general election, Romney will be defeated by Obama, thus giving Obama another four years. Romney does not have a big enough base to defeat Obama. Polls show that Independents are starting to shy away from Romney by the hundreds of thousands. The youth will stay home, the Democrats will hold their nose and vote Obama as they are skittish of Romney's character, given he is so secretive about his tax returns, when it was his own father that said every Presidential candidate should show 12 years, like Romney's father did. Get a grip people. Paul would bring all these voting blocks to the table for Republicans and win. Wake up to the reality of the situation.

    July 28, 2012 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
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