Ron Paul campaign files second appeal for Louisiana delegates
August 18th, 2012
09:18 AM ET
10 years ago

Ron Paul campaign files second appeal for Louisiana delegates

Washington (CNN) - Ron Paul's presidential campaign isn't done fighting for more delegates at the Republican National Convention.

The Texas congressman's campaign sent a memo to the all RNC members, its counsel's office and the convention's credentials committee Friday evening, ahead of its second appeal to strip Louisiana of its delegates to the convention because of rules that it says were violated during the state convention.

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The first appeal was rejected by the committee earlier this month.

"There's no way you can argue with a straight face that rules weren't changed," said Charlie Davis, Louisiana chairman of the Ron Paul campaign.

In the days leading up to the Republican Party of Louisiana's state convention in June, an affidavit and supplemental rules were distributed to participants. The affidavit required the signature of delegates selected to go to the national convention to vote for the candidate they were bound to by the State Central Committee.

Paul's supporters refused to sign the affidavit because it gave the power to the state executive committee to replace unallocated delegates.

Instead, they had their own vote at the state convention in protest of the party's rules.

"The affidavit and supplemental rules systemically changed the way that Louisiana elected National Delegates," Davis wrote in the memo. "Both documents are clear violations of the national requirement that all rules must have been submitted to the RNC last October 1."

Jason Doré, executive director of the state party, said the campaign was aware the affidavit and rules were coming and that draft versions were sent in the days leading up to the state convention.

"We had received letters from (the Mitt) Romney and (Rick) Santorum campaigns stating who they wanted their delegates to be," Doré said. "We worked very long to make sure that we had an affidavit that was similar to other state parties' that was enforceable that prevented delegate stealing."

Davis said they were only sent out in the two days leading up to the convention.

The Paul campaign is requesting contestants and respondents be given time to cross-examine those who filed an affidavit. It is also requesting electronic communication between the RNC and Louisiana Republican Party staffs - which it says coordinated the rules - be turned over to the committee.

The Committee on Contests will make a recommendation to the party based on the hearing, scheduled for Tuesday. The credentials committee will then vote to recommend that the entire convention keep or strip the current delegates.

"I feel strongly that the facts are on our side," Davis said. "I know the wheels of justice move slowly. I think eventually enough people will investigate what happened and that our delegates will be seated."

"I think that it's unfortunate that the state party and a lot of our people, our time has been tied up by this for the past couple of months to the convention instead of working to defeat Barack Obama," Doré said.

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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Ron Paul really got screwed over by his own party leadership. While winning the delegates in many states, the repube leadership kicked the Paul delegates out so the Kochs and Rove could get their bought and paid for candidate, Mittens, in.

    August 18, 2012 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  2. Marie MD

    I never thought I would say this in my life, but . . . . . . GO RON PAUL!!!

    August 18, 2012 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  3. Jorge

    It's sad to see the corruption of the USA. I never imagined the voter fraud I would see in the news from other countries would seem weak on comparison to what's happening here. I think it's time people packed their bags, learned other languages and move to other free nations. The USA has fallen and will end up another legend like the Roman Empire and every other empire before us.

    August 18, 2012 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  4. Edward

    A goal should not be to beat Obama!!! The goal should be to restore peace and prosperity to the USA. What policies has Romney divulged to get the USA back on course? None. He wants you to believe that since he has been a CEO, that he will make a better president than Obama. Which might be the case. However, Romney has had a history of flipfloping, he has admitted if a person takes money from corporations, it buysinfluence (look at his donors). He supported bailing out big banks. He wants a war with Iran, so your sons can die not his 5. I voted for Obama for peace, and got none. He said he would cut the deficit, if not we should fire him, he did not cut it. So what to do? If Ron Paul or Gary Johnson is on the ballot I will vote for them. They have explicitly shown how they would bring peace and cut the deficit.

    August 18, 2012 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  5. davekpghpa

    For anyone who as ever seen the readily available uncut videos of some of the GOP conventions (just do a search on youtube), it's paiinfully clear that the Romney camp and the establishment GOP hacks are doing everything they can, including breaking their own rules, to keep Ron Paul out of the picture. The good news is, the rule-breakers are all on their way out as the liberty candidates take their places.

    August 18, 2012 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  6. Randy, San Francisco

    Ron Paul should just give up. He is beginning to look like a pathetic old man who can't exit gracefully.

    August 18, 2012 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  7. Joe

    For anyone interested, these rule shenanigans have been trying to keep Ron Paul receiving the least amount of delegates possible in several other states (Nevada, Maine, Oregon, Oklahoma, Missouri).

    In Lamen's terms, The RNC has been purposely screwing Paul's delegates over after being LEGALLY elected to their respective chairs. Essentially, they're a bunch of sore losers. Republicans won't win in November period, but disenfranchising our delegates is just going to alienate the 12-15% of the Ron Paul Base (He received just over 2 million votes this election, which is up from about 1.5 milllion since 2008. You can all fact check this if you think i'm a crazy head.

    Even if you don't agree with the man, it's stupid to say he was treated fairly this election cycle. What a joke.

    August 18, 2012 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  8. R H

    Come on GOP convention, popcorn is ready. Ron Paul is going to disrupt the coronation of Mutt and Jeff.

    August 18, 2012 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  9. Ted Seitz

    I'm amused that the GOP (I'm a Republican too) insists that there is massive voter fraud in general elections, when our own delegate selection process has been so corrupt. There's the "oops" moment in Iowa, and rumors of ballot stuffing, delegate coercion, and, in the words of a recently filed lawsuit, "a systematic campaign of election fraud at state conventions."

    August 18, 2012 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  10. MrManhattan

    You're so silly Ron,

    When have Repugs ever paid attention to rules ???

    August 18, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  11. Hillcrester

    Ah yes, the R&R ticket will showcase itself at a happy and unified convention, reflecting how delighted the GOP base is with the presidential nominee it never really wanted!


    August 18, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |