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.

Filed under: 2012 • Louisiana • Republican National Convention • RNC • Ron Paul
soundoff (78 Responses)
  1. bdennehy

    GOP once again demonstrates what a corrupt organization it is. They have committed countless acts of fraud in their attempt to minimize the Ron Paul supports at every turn, and I hope that CNN does the right thing and exposes this for what it is: criminal.

    July 28, 2012 01:21 am at 1:21 am |
  2. bdennehy

    If CNN wanted to take down the GOP, all they would have to do is type "Ron Paul Vote Fraud" into Google, and spend 30 minutes doing some research. This is only the latest example of a plethora of egregious offenses committed by the crime syndicate formally known as the GOP.

    July 28, 2012 01:24 am at 1:24 am |
  3. Allen Gibson

    The "GOAL" is to elect someone in contrast to Obama,,thats not Mitt Romney. If those states appoint their own delegates when its clear Ron Paul won, I WILL VOTE OBAMA! If Mitt is nominated,,I WILL VOTE OBAMA!

    July 28, 2012 01:44 am at 1:44 am |
  4. Raymond D

    Ive seen tons of videos all over youtube about this stuff from multiple states. Its pretty infuriating that the GOP acts this way.. I see it alienating alot of its party with these shinanigans.

    July 28, 2012 02:38 am at 2:38 am |
  5. Olga Jones

    I am really sick of misinformation/disinformation. For example, this article states " Under RNC rules, a candidate needs the majority of delegates in five states to enter their name into nomination," which is blatantly false. It's a PLURALITY, not a majority. Are you incapable of reading the rules? Perhaps you are too ignorant to comprehend them, or worse yet, have ulterior motives. t

    July 28, 2012 03:43 am at 3:43 am |
  6. 1iberty4all

    Romney obviously has no intention of wining this election. Cutting his nose to spite..

    July 28, 2012 04:09 am at 4:09 am |
  7. mark

    RP is last week's lunch meet, so done with this whole bizarre bunch.

    July 28, 2012 05:14 am at 5:14 am |
  8. kenny

    bottom line, if the gop nominates romney. Then the gop elects obama. Romney is obama on policy issues! If the gop does not nominate Ron Paul 2012. Then the gop will basically elect obama by default by running obamney.

    July 28, 2012 05:16 am at 5:16 am |
  9. Cllr Chris

    Expressing his prejudice for supporting Romney "the big picture", as Doré tries to put it, is to make sure that whatever replaces Obama will be better. Romney doesn't come anywhere near "better". In fact so much is coming out against Romney now chances are he would be even worse – except he won't beat Obama in any case. So please Doré – don't come this bleating about "uniting" behind Romney. You'll not do that by cheating, lying and stealing delegates from Ron Paul. Ron Paul is in any case the only Republican candidate that can beat Obama.

    July 28, 2012 05:30 am at 5:30 am |

    Give it up Ron Paulbots. You and the unhinged GOBP are stuck with Mitt(I have nothing to offer)McCain.

    July 28, 2012 06:09 am at 6:09 am |
  11. jay tea

    What this article fails to mention is that during the LA state convention , the Body which is the people who showed up to vote all voted in a new chairman according to the rules . Then when it was time for the chairman to step down and allow the newly elected chairman to take control over the convention the old chairman refused to step down and instead had the police arrest and break bones of the Ron Paul delegates .. It was an act of violence and voter suppression , so when they realized they were being railroaded illegally the Ron Paul supporters who made up the majority of those in attendance held their own rump convention because the state GOP was using coercion and violence against the.

    And as far as the final comment about the purpose is to elect Mitt Romney is total bull crap , The purpose is to have a fair convention and delegate selection process according the rules and whoever wins shall be the winner... The problem here and in many other states is that they failed to follow their own rules and instead of Mitt Romney earning his winnings honestly they were willing to disenfranchise the majority of participants to shove Mitt Romney down their throats..... Mitt Romney has not won this nomination fairly and the GOP base of voters do not want him .....

    This will be 2008 all over again and Obama will win again , and it will be the sole fault of the GOP establishment ..

    July 28, 2012 07:28 am at 7:28 am |
  12. we

    The final comment by dore just sums it all up. We can do what we want because the big picture is, Romney is the nominee, no question, and we should only care about defeating that democrat in the white house.

    July 28, 2012 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  13. GI Joe

    Give 'em he!! Ron.

    July 28, 2012 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  14. ron

    Good for you! You'll probably find that you've won Louisiana!!! And, if you can change your image (to a touchy-feely republican) before the convention, you might even walk away with a nomination.

    July 28, 2012 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  15. Fred

    This wont work unfortunately. Most people down here dont like freedom and are zombies.

    July 28, 2012 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  16. Freedom4America

    Only 3 states? You forgot Nevada and Virginia. The 5 states do not have to be bound to a candidate in order for the Delegates from those states to enter the candidate's name into nomination.

    Sure wish the Propaganda Media Stream would do some research for once!!

    Say NO to ROBAMNEY!!


    July 28, 2012 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  17. Beat The Media

    This is stupid! We know that Ron did win those states and the RNC is going to pull this crap. There is a war comming and this time its going to be right here at home.

    July 28, 2012 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  18. Anonymous

    "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.

    That's clearly what you're focused on, Mr. Doré, and perhaps that explains why you and yours were so willing to violate the rules to push through a delegation that fits your agenda. Perhaps you believe following the rules of selection to be an antiquated concept and that we should instead allow The Central Committee of the Politburo decide for us. After all, you know better, and are only doing it for our own good, right? Right?

    July 28, 2012 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  19. Larry L

    Sadly, Ron Paul isn't even the worst candidate the Republicans offered. As crazy as he is, he at least has some convictions. True, his convictions lead towards an anarchy for an isolationist government... But at least he consistently crazy. Mitt Romney A.K.A. Mr. "Etch-a-sketch" flip-flopd on every issues except hiding his tax returns!

    July 28, 2012 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  20. Jane

    Goooooo Ron PAUL!!!!!!! 2012

    July 28, 2012 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  21. "Outsider looking In"

    Looks to this old man, that the USA is falling apart at the seams, what with Book cooking, sorry slip of the tongue, (must have caught from Romney, he's in town at the moment) meant to say controlling, and how honestly your MSM reports so openly, ALL the NEWS about all the Candidates in the nomination process within in the Republican Party, and how they gave equal time to all Candidates on TV.
    As an old Brit, tottering along, I must admit that watching the once Exceptional Nation of the USA heading for the Dustbin of History, to join the the rest of Exceptional Nations, you know the Romans , British, and a few others, leads me to think that we the ordinary Joe's , are the most stupidest of Gods creatures because every few years we go out and vote, and as always gets," what's the word I'm looking for, maybe you help me out here and give me hint" anyway must go now, cos grandma just put Tea on the table and I will get a right Rollickingif I4m late.
    Bye and good luck JOE'S, and middle finger to the rest of you

    July 28, 2012 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  22. Name

    The goal is not voting for romney, the goal is following the rules and letting delegates vote for whom ever they choose.

    July 28, 2012 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  23. Gary Ryan

    Why does the real delegate count show Ron Paul has won more than 5 states already? Is there anyone who knows. I wold also bet that if you told all delegates to stand in a line. 85% would be Paul supporters. Romney's delegates really do not exist. Except on paper.Just like money,they print what ever they need. I would go as far as , Make 200 Romney delegates call someone..They probably couldn't even do that. It will be war on government by the people. Watch.

    July 28, 2012 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  24. James

    The goal is not voting for romney, its following the rules and letting delegates vote for whom they wish.

    July 28, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  25. stars

    So let cheat to win shame on you gop.

    July 28, 2012 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
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