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Ron Paul Movement Tactics and Goals

The mode of operation for the Ron Paul organization is to:

• Prolong caucuses and conventions until people leave and they can get a majority.

• In previous, private meetings select stealth delegates who masquarade as delegates who are not tied to Paul in an effort to get enough generic votes to combine with Paul votes to elect those delegates.

• Use any method underhanded or otherwise necessary to win delegates.

These strategic points have been reported in the news and demonstrated in state after state.

Their stated goal is to take over the leadership and organization of the republican party, and without receiving a majority of primary election votes, appoint their preferred presidential candidate as the republican nominee at a republican national convention. Having failed to do this in 2012, they hope to reach that goal by 2016 or 2020.

Ron Paul leaders, activists and strategy plans have outlined this as reported in the news, as documented in the following link:

PAULITE EFFORTS, GOALS AND ACTIONS TO TAKE »

(These Ron Paul organizers are also generally ill-mannered, divisive, and largley comprised of democrats and hard core libertarians who have no intention to ever support any republican presidential nominee except Ron Paul, as news samples below demonstrate.)

MID-WEST STATES:

Missouri Caucus outcome changed by Paul disruptions

Background:

“A caucus at a school near St. Louis where roughly 2,500 Republicans had gathered was adjourned before a vote could take place because it got so rowdy that extra police were summoned and two people were arrested for trespassing...

“The local caucuses were to elect 2,123 people to advance to congressional district conventions April 21 and a state convention June 2. It's at those meetings that the bulk of Missouri's 52 delegates will be bound to presidential candidates...

“Before even the opening prayer, police were called in to the caucus in St. Charles County to remove a video camera set up by a Paul supporter against the local rules, said Eugene Dokes, the county Republican chairman. Things went downhill from there. Caucus participants "started to become verbally aggressive with event organizers and police officers," said St. Peters Police Officer Melissa Doss.”

Result--

Rescheduled Caucus had 36% of the original attendance, with over 450 being Ron Paul supporters. Although Ron Paul took 3rd in the county's Missouri primary with less than 13% of the vote, they took over this caucus meeting and awarded all its delegates to Ron Paul. The Ron Paul ringleader who was arrested during the first caucus meeting over conduct when he objected to the rules, got elected as Caucus Chair and ran the meeting redefining the rules with a winner-take-all approach:

“The Paul campaign used superior organization to get its people to the meeting at the St. Charles Convention Center. More than 900 people took part overall...

“GOP State Chairman David Cole had scheduled the do-over session after the county GOP’s original caucus March 17 disbanded amid boisterous disputes over rules. Two Paul supporters, including Stafford, were arrested at that event...

“Paul's caucus victory occurred even though he got less than 13 percent of the vote in the county in the nonbinding GOP presidential primary in February...

“Stafford was picked caucus chairman over Cole, the GOP state chairman, 480-402. Cole was supported for chairman by the campaign organizations for Romney, Santorum and Newt Gingrich...

“The caucus was the last in a series of 142 such meetings across the state. Cole, from Cassville in southwest Missouri, began the meeting as temporary chairman. He then oversaw the election of the caucus chairman, Stafford...

“The caucus Tuesday night picked 147 delegates to attend congressional district conventions April 21 and 147 to the GOP state convention in June. Those meetings in turn will choose most of Missouri’s 52 delegates to the Republican National Convention in Tampa.”

“Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, carried half of the 24 delegates being decided at Missouri's congressional district conventions... Santorum, the former Pennsylvania senator who suspended his presidential campaign earlier this month, won seven Missouri delegates on Saturday. Four delegates went to Texas Congressman Ron Paul and one to former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich. Most of the rest of Missouri's 52 delegates will be decided at a state party convention in June...

“Missouri House Majority Leader Tim Jones... predicted that most or all of the 25 delegates to be allotted at the state convention would go to Romney as he further establishes himself as the likely Republican nominee. Missouri's three other delegates are reserved for the party chairman and the state's two national committee members.”

“Republicans who gathered at their state convention in Springfield approved a slate of delegates to the Republican National Convention in late August that includes 19 people bound to support Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, and six pledged to support former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, who already has ended his presidential campaign.

“When combined with the results of Missouri’s eight congressional district conventions in April, Romney now has received a total of 31 delegates from Missouri, compared with 13 for Santorum, four for Texas Congressman Ron Paul and one for former House Speaker Newt Gingrich...

“Yet the Missouri Republican State Convention was not without contention. The slate of Romney and Santorum supporters — dubbed the Show Me Unity Slate — defeated an alternative championed as the Grassroots Life and Liberty Slate that would have allotted 16 delegates to Paul, nine to Santorum and none to Romney. The vote was 1,025-781, with the Romney-led slate carrying support from all regions of the state except from St. Louis and the Kansas City area, which went for Paul...

“Jack King, 73, of Shell Knob, watched the Republican convention as a guest. King, who participated in tea party marches in Washington, D.C., in 2009 and 2010, said he considers Paul “too much to the extreme right.” He believes Romney’s private-sector business experience could help improve the nation’s economy.

“ “A businessman is the greatest asset we can have in government,” King said...

“John Dilsaver, 54, watched the state convention as a Paul supporter. He voted for Obama in 2008... “I’m more comfortable with Romney than Obama, but I haven’t heard Romney speak definitively enough on foreign policy in a way I can agree with,” said Dilsaver.”

“Supporters of Ron Paul, a libertarian favorite who essentially dropped his presidential bid early last month, attempted to take control of the convention through the alternate delegate process. Paul, however, did not have enough support at the convention.”

The following shows all alternates went to Mitt Romney except for one alternate delegate for Rick Santorum:

“Romney allies outmuscle Paul forces at Missouri Republican Party convention...

“Paul's loss Saturday was somewhat expected after the state convention’s first key vote, which saw Romney's forces narrowly elect state Republican Party chairman David Cole as the state convention’s chairman. He defeated Paul supporter Brent Stafford of St. Charles...

“Delegates battled at length over a noontime motion to take a break for lunch, which some Romney supporters viewed as a move to reduce their numbers so that Paul's allies could eke out a victory.

“Paul's backers who had sought the break claimed they had no ulterior motive... The move was defeated, and the convention didn’t break for lunch until 2 p.m. – after Romney's slate had won...

“After their late lunch, the delegates engaged in another Romney-Paul battle over the state party's platform -- which offers up philosophical themes along with specific stances on issues.

“The conventioneers got into a prolonged fight over a motion to adjourn, with the Paul allies arguing that they wanted to continue discussing the platform -- even after a majority of delegates had approved the draft...

“A Romney delegate declared at a mike, "We're not the Libertarian Party,'' generating cheers...

“The platform was presented by state Senate Majority Leader Tom Dempsey, R-St. Charles, who focused on its broader objective: "A call for a return to principles that made America great." ”

Another typical Ron Paul activist profile found in the above article:

“Zac Cousins, a pro-Paul delegate from Greene County, said he was “a bit discouraged’’ ... Cousins emphasized that he ... will not vote for Romney in November ... Cousins said he plans to write in the name of another Republican instead. He didn’t say who.”


Minnesota

“Minnesota will send 40 delegates to the Republican National Convention. Twenty of the 24 delegates based on congressional districts were awarded to Texas Rep. Ron Paul in selection processes that concluded this weekend.

“Thirteen Minnesota delegates will be allocated based on the results of a statewide convention in May, according to Paul campaign senior adviser Doug Wead.”

“In Minnesota, Ron Paul won in a landslide, taking 20 of the 24 delegates that the state party’s conventions locked in over the weekend.

“If the trend continues... the convention will become a brokered convention and all bound delegates will be “unbound,” allowed to change votes for whichever candidate they choose.

“Although it is impossible to determine the actual number without official counts, Paul’s campaign seems quietly self-assured that at this point, many of Mitt Romney’s bound delegates will vote for Ron Paul and hand him the nomination, not because Paul thinks he can charm and persuade them in Tampa, but because the Paul campaign has already stacked each state’s slate of delegates with his own supporters, who have been stealthily getting elected as delegates. There’s no telling how many of Mitt Romney’s currently bound delegates are actually covert Ron Paul supporters ready to turn on a dime after being unbound in a brokered convention and vote for Ron Paul.”

However, the Ron Paul people failed in neighboring North Dakota:

“At the state convention, Romney supporters successfully elected the most delegates — even though the former Massachusetts governor finished third in the caucuses. In interviews with the AP, 12 delegates said they backed Romney, eight supported Santorum, two favored Paul and one preferred Gingrich. Two delegates said they had no favorite.

“Rounding out North Dakota's 28 delegates are three members of the Republican National Committee who will automatically attend the convention. Among them, Sandy Boehler supports Romney while Curly Haugland and Stan Stein, the state GOP chairman, are uncommitted.”

Example of how the Minnesota takeover occurred:

“Yesterday I attended the Republican organizational convention for my Senate district here in Minnesota, and what I witnessed was an organized take-over of our nomination process by Ron Paul cultists. They came to this convention with the sole intent to take over as many of the delegate seats as they could, and sadly, they succeeded...

“Before the convention, delegates had been contacted to see if we were interested in running for the State Delegate positions, and we were given plenty of time to put our names in the hat to run for these positions.

“The Paulbots, who did NOT submit their names prior to the convention, were now demanding that they should added to the list of nominees that very day. This is normally outside of the rules, but the Paulbots(there were at least 50 of them spread throughout the auditorium) through a suspension of the rules, demanded that they be added to the list of nominees. It was difficult to override their votes, as they had descended en masse to this event, and the unsuspecting non-Paul delegates were confused as to what was going on!

“After some manipulative moves on the floor, and by using Roberts Rules of order AGAINST the Convention Chair, they were able to add all of their names to the delegate nominations.

“I’ve never seen such unmitigated rudeness at a convention before. The Paulbots would leap to their feet screaming “Point of order!” every time they thought that the chair was being dismissive of them.

“The entire process was chaotic and psychotic, and the non-Paul delegates were stunned. They didn’t understand what was happening, and I tried to explain to an elderly woman from my precinct that this entire coup was PLANNED, and that the Paulbots had every intention of flooding the State delegates with Paul supporters...

“This convention dragged on for 8 hours yesterday, because the Paulbots slowed down the procedure with motions, amendments and screams of “point of order!” They have every intention of voting as many Ron Paul supporters into delegate positions as they can...

Luap Nor will do anything to win the Presidency, even if it means strong-arming conventions to do so. He’s not some “kooky Uncle” that I once joked about. In my opinion, he’s dangerous.”

“The aim for Paul isn't the convention, which is a mainly meaningless but entertaining exercise in American politics. The real goal was to seize control of party apparatuses in states that rely on caucuses...

“ ‘Starting with the Minnesota State Convention this weekend, our movement has an opportunity to secure more delegates, take control of more local and state parties ... to achieve lasting victory in the years to come,’ said John Tate, Paul's campaign manager.” ”


Michigan

(Reports of Paul disruptions, but they were overwhelmed with Romney support)

“Of the 42 Michigan delegates awarded, Romney won 32, six appeared to go in support of Texas Rep. Ron Paul and the remainder went for tea party and other conservatives...

“Of Michigan's entire delegation of 59, which includes at-large members selected Saturday, 50 support Romney...

“Don Koontz, 62, of Nottawa Township in mid-Michigan's Isabella County said he's a Paul supporter... Koontz said the convention is a good place to let dissent be raised and all voices heard. "Right now we do our bickering," he said...

“Some aren't climbing on the Romney bus just yet. Among them were Scott Calhoun, 31, and James Smith, 28, from the Upper Peninsula's Menominee County, who were part of a contingent of Paul supporters.

“Calhoun said Romney is "not a shoo-in, yet," and Smith said the party establishment... "can try and sell us Romney but I don't think they'll be successful." ”


Illinois

“One may recall the 2008 Illinois GOP convention when Ron Paul's followers made it a very messy convention, indeed. Party big wigs were incensed at their behavior. This year a lot was done to make sure Paul's raucous followers could not initiate that same level of disruption. But even though this year’s proceedings went on firmly under the control of Party leaders, there was still dissent voiced from all across the convention floor as results of committee meetings were announced...

“Every vote that was presented, introduced, seconded and accepted by the delegates met some hooting and hollering. It was happening so much that Chairman Brady was forced to address the matter saying that he appreciated all those that came, even those that disagreed. Like him or not, I think he did a pretty good job of quieting the dissent, at least by his actions on the dais if not his work behind the scenes.”


Iowa

“After 25 state election contests, Ron Paul remains without a single win. But the Texas congressman isn’t giving up hope of capturing the Republican nomination...

“And as the campaigning continues, there are signs that Paul supporters are willing to make the nominating process messy.

“They’re accused of muddying county conventions in Colorado and Iowa last weekend.

“In Iowa, a half dozen counties reported disruptions during conventions. The most egregious example occurred in Polk County, where Paul supporters illegally tried to become delegates.

“ “They were abrasive, offensive, and self-centered,” said Kevin McLaughlin, GOP chairman in Polk County...

“State law clearly defines the manner in which delegates are elected, at precinct caucuses, yet some Paul supporters argued for a rule change that would allow them to be seated.

“They were eventually voted down, but not before some protesters were thrown out because of repeated disruptions, including sneaking around backstage. Some were caught rifling through delegate packets trying to find precincts where people did not show up so they could claim those seats.

“ “They wanted to be seated even though they were not elected,” said McLaughlin.

“The Iowa Republican newspaper reports that much of this behavior was inspired and encouraged by Ron Paul’s Iowa campaign itself, led by his state co-chair’s Drew Ivers and David Fischer who in an email told supporters the key is “to get elected” and “to be aggressive.”

“ “Remember, to get elected, the first key is to be aggressive so make sure you jump up as soon as nominations are open. If there are any votes, make sure you vote ONLY for Ron Paul supporters...

“McLaughlin said that it’s difficult to pin all the disruptions on Ron Paul supporters, admitting that some could have been Occupy Wall Street protesters. But, he says, the Paul supporters were the most vocal and have given their candidate a bad name in the county.

“The disruptions slowed down the convention by at least a couple of hours.

“ “In my experience it was all very unusual,” said McLaughlin, a veteran GOP member who has served through many conventions.”

“It has often been said that Ron Paul’s supporters are the biggest detriment to his image. That perception gained steam this past weekend thanks to the unruly behavior of many Paul supporters during Iowa’s county GOP conventions. There were numerous attempts by non-delegates to crash conventions, usurp the authority of the chairs, and instigate battles over which delegates get selected to the district and state conventions...

“Much of this behavior was inspired and encouraged by Ron Paul’s Iowa campaign...

“The most egregious examples of the Paul supporters usurping the process happened in Polk County. More than 20 of them made numerous attempts throughout the day to illegally become delegates. Iowa State Law is clear. Delegates are elected at precinct caucuses. Period. Despite being told numerous times that they were not allowed to become delegates because they were not elected, the attempts to crash the convention continued. Several of the Paul supporters argued their case with every Polk GOP official they could find.

“ “I think there was a coordinated effort to see if they could get somebody to tell them that they could be an alternate or delegate,” said Polk GOP Executive Director Ryan Keller. “We stayed consistent and told them the rules do not allow it. The credentials people had to turn the same people away two or three times. They would get denied, go to the back of the line and try again.” ...

“But the attempts to crash the convention did not end with arguing their case. At least two Paul supporters tried to sneak in the back doors to get on the convention floor. More than one was caught rifling through the box of delegate packets, trying to find empty precincts where people did not show up so they could claim those seats. There were several attempts to sneak into the delegate seating area. Some used the packets and badges that were given to actual delegates earlier in the day, but left before the convention concluded.

“Other issues included ballots disappearing out of delegates’ packets. Two different Polk GOP officials tell TheIowaRepublican.com they had to personally escort two or three people out of the building because of the repeated disruptions they caused...

“One Paul supporter who is on the central committee but was not an elected delegate interrupted the entire convention from the floor during the afternoon session. He also claimed he was an elected delegate, though the paperwork exists from each precinct caucus and his name is not on it. This disruption caused a delay of approximately 30 minutes as Polk GOP officials discussed the situation. Finally, he was rebuked...

“For all of the Paul campaign’s caucus trainings and braggadocious comments about their organization, some of their key supporters in Polk County apparently did not understand the process.

“Several others simply did not care about the process and were determined to become delegates any way they could. Ryan Keller estimates that the attempts from Paul’s people to infiltrate the convention slowed the proceedings down by at least a couple of hours. The disruptions were part of the reason Polk County’s convention lasted a grueling 9 ½ hours, almost twice the time of similarly sized conventions such as Linn County...

“Even worse was the behavior of a Paul supporter who interrupted Congressman Steve King’s speech at the beginning of the convention. The disrupter said it was “the peoples’ convention” and King and “all of these so-called dignitaries” should wait until the end of the convention to speak. Congressman King was likely trying to attend several county conventions on Saturday.

“Ron Paul’s entire strategy for the presidential race is to secure the majority of delegates in states like Iowa that do not reward delegates until state conventions... In some cases, the strategy is to do this by any means necessary. Even in violation of state law.”

There are some good videos in the above article showing how the County Chair and staff followed state law and the rules at the chagrin of the Paul activists.

As a result, the Ron Paul movement 1st) tried and miserably failed to remove the Polk County Chair at a later meeting, 2nd) Cursed and complained in a subsequent meeting that they didn't get their way, 3rd) once they took over the state party, evicted the Polk County Republican Party from their offices.

“Kevin McLaughlin held on to his chairmanship of the Polk County GOP central committee following a meeting Tuesday... Although the issue was noted on postcards that were sent to all central committee members last week, there was no mention on the meeting’s agenda for “new business” or to discuss concerns regarding McLaughlin’s leadership.

“Following speeches from two local Iowa House candidates, longtime central committee member Craig Bergman asked for a suspension of the rules. After several minutes of discussion of proper procedures, a vote was taken. Bergman’s motion was rejected, 91-39.

“Following some further discussion, McLaughlin told attendees that he would allow for a vote regarding his status as chairman. “I would like to get to the business portion of this meeting so we can get to a vote,” McLaughlin said. “I have no intention of stopping anyone from entering new business. If somebody wants to try to send me to the showers, they are welcome to try to do that. That said I don’t intend to go to the showers. I intend to finish my job.”

“However, that vote never came and there was never any mention of allowing discussion of “new business”. The meeting concluded and Kevin McLaughlin remains the Polk GOP chairman.

“ “I was very pleased about the meeting because two things happened,” McLaughlin told TheIowaRepublican.com. “Number one, the most controversial part of the meeting, the division that we had to address, was addressed in a ladylike and gentlemanly way...

“ “I did want to handle this quietly and it’s obvious he doesn’t want to handle this at all,” Bergman said...

“Bergman drafted an extensive letter that was handed out to attendees upon arrival. The letter points out some of Bergman’s concerns and encourages central committee members to vote for a suspension of the rules. The overwhelmingly majority did not comply.

“ “The other 2/3 have essentially by fiat suspended all the rules and do whatever they want,” Bergman said...

“Craig Bergman says Chairman McLaughlin is running the central committee like a “selfish tyrant”.”

“One of the many Paulbot clowns who tried to crash the Polk GOP convention was yelling and cursing at Polk GOP Co-Chair Dave Funk after Tuesday’s central committee meeting. The Bot claimed those who did not let him in “wasted” his entire day...

“When I explained to the Bot that its against state law to seat a delegate who was not elected at the caucus, he still argued he should have been seated and said the law shouldn’t matter.”

“The Republican Party of Iowa evicted the Polk County Republicans from their headquarters. They gave them three weeks to move. They site “security” problems with volunteers coming in and out. Shouldn’t this be seen as a good thing?

“I’d think that perhaps A.J. Spiker may want to keep them around. pick their brains a little since Polk County Republicans fundraising is on an upswing while the Iowa GOP’s is tanking...

“This seems to be to be a really stupid move. This comes after they gave the Conservative Breakfast Club the boot, another stupid move.”

“After 12 years as a tenant at RPI HQ in Des Moines, they are evicting the Polk County GOP … The issue was discussed during a State Central Commitee meeting April 14, but they waited until Friday to tell the Polk GOP. They have three weeks to get out.”

“At least half of an eighteen-member committee elected Saturday to nominate Iowa's delegation to the convention supported Paul in the caucuses, state party officials said... Paul's 2012 Iowa caucus co-chairman A.J. Spiker was elected Iowa Republican party chairman...

“Paul's supporters initially gained influence in local party circles after his fifth-place finish in Iowa's 2008 presidential caucuses. The group has grown since his strong third-place showing this year, the product of a better-organized effort to reach grassroots supporters...

“Iowa has 28 delegates to the national convention... The nominating committee will propose 13 delegates to the convention in Tampa. Roughly 2,500 delegates to the Iowa Republican convention will debate the list and vote on a slate in June. Twelve delegates will be elected at a second round of district conventions in June. The state's two Republican National Committee members and the state Republican chairman round out the 28 delegates.”

“The leadership of the Republican Party of Iowa, Chairman A.J. Spiker, National Committeewoman Kim Lehman, and National Committeeman Steve Scheffler ... Iowa’s three representatives on the Republican National Committee... seem oblivious to what is about to happen.

“The lack of foresight by Iowa’s three RNC members was on display at last week’s RNC meetings in Arizona. While Lehman and Scheffler insist that they were not looking to cause a scene when they and Chairman Spiker refused to pledge their support for Mitt Romney at the national convention, the ordeal was well documented by CNN’s Peter Hamby and was quickly picked up by the national media outlets.

“Scheffler and Lehman insist that they were unaware of the requirement to pledge their support to Romney in order to attend the photo reception with Romney... Iowa’s RNC members should have either avoided putting themselves in that situation or tried to defuse the situational quietly instead of making the remarks that were made in front of a reporter...

“If the commotion caused by the Iowa delegation wasn’t bad enough, the results from Saturday’s Republican district conventions in Iowa indicate that things are about to go from bad to worse in regards to the relationship between the Iowa GOP and the RNC/Romney campaign...

“The committee already consisted of five Paul loyalists, but four others joined them in electing A.J. Spiker, a paid Paul organizer and member of the State Central Committee, as Chairman following Matt Strawn’s resignation.

“On Saturday, the Paul allies saw their support within the committee go from being a large presence to an all out stranglehold. The new committee consists of only four incumbents, David Chung, Wes Enos, Tim Moran, and Gopal Krishna. Joining them are six declared supporters of Ron Paul, and one who is sympathetic and supported by Paul when he ran for the state legislature in 2010. That puts the number of Paul supporters on the committee to seven votes, plus the chairman who votes to break ties...

“Yet, when you consider that both Lehman and Scheffler, who are up for re-election at the state convention in June, and Enos and Krishna voted to elect Spiker chairman back in February, it becomes clear the influence that the Paul supporters have within the committee is more than just significant. All told, it is safe to say the Paul support on the committee stands at nine on the low end and around 12 or 13 at the high end in the committee of 18. Even if some of the less ardent Paul supporters broke ranks, the Chairman votes to break ties...

“If the results of the SCC [State Central Committee] are any indication, it seems very likely that Ron Paul will get a majority of the delegates to the national convention from Iowa. Paul needs a majority of the delegates in just five states to allow his supporters to vote for him on the first ballot at the national convention. Iowa is a key cog in the Paul plan.”

“Scottsdale, Arizona (CNN) - Members of the Republican National Committee gathering in Arizona were invited to meet with Mitt Romney in private Friday and have their pictures taken with the presumptive GOP nominee, but there was a price of admission: loyalty.

“RNC members and state GOP chairmen were welcomed into the private reception only after signing a form pledging to support Romney as a delegate to the national convention in Tampa...

“The Romney "delegate pledge form" asked members to sign their name and "pledge to vote for Mitt Romney at the 2012 Republican National Convention on all ballots until Mitt Romney has been nominated."

“Signers were given the option of declaring their support publicly or privately by checking one of two boxes...

“Romney spoke only briefly and spent roughly 20 minutes shaking hands and posing with members in a photo line...

“All three members of Iowa's conservative RNC delegation – party chairman A.J. Spiker and committee members Steve Scheffler and Kim Lehman – attempted to enter the reception but were rebuffed after refusing to sign the delegate pledge.

“The dispute became heated in the hallway outside, with the Iowans demanding to know why they had to sign a form to get their picture taken with the former Massachusetts governor...

“The Iowa delegates were later given the opportunity to pose for a photo with Romney at a luncheon for RNC members, after the private event for supporters.”

“Of the 13 delegates and 13 alternates elected today for the national convention, just one has publicly endorsed Mitt Romney for president – Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad... Ten of the 13 have expressed public support for Paul...

“Six of the eight members of the nominating committee voting on delegates today have public ties to Paul’s campaign and his philosophy of limited government. But they insisted that they elected people they believe are politically active and good Republicans – and have no idea who the delegates will back in Tampa...

“Paul activists have been organizing and training their supporters for years...

“One delegate, Lexy Nuzum, 26, is currently registered as a Republican, but she was a Democrat in 2010, according to voter records. Because there are only 25 GOP delegate slots to give away out of 600,000 Republicans, the slots have been traditionally given to Iowans with a lengthy or significant history of dedicated service to the party...

“Committee chairman David Haas, who volunteered for Paul’s campaign, said he has no idea who the delegates he personally helped get on the delegate list will vote for at the national convention...

“The committee rejected several prominent Republicans as delegates.

“That includes Reynolds, who is the lieutenant governor; former state party chairman Brian Kennedy, a Romney backer; Bob Anderson, the chairman of the Johnson County GOP; Steve Cates, a Pottawattamie County GOP activist and former aide to U.S. Rep. Steve King; Sukup, a former state legislator and congressional candidate; and Hoefert.”

“Republican Party of Iowa Chairman A.J. Spiker ... was a paid staffer for Ron Paul’s presidential campaign in Iowa before taking over as party chairman in March...

“ “I think everybody knows that Mitt Romney, come August, will be the Republican nominee, and he has the delegate count to become the nominee,” Spiker said.

“He said he doesn’t think the delegates will have a choice other than Romney... “I don’t see Congressman Paul receiving the five states necessary to be placed into nomination, so if only Mitt Romney is nominated, then delegates only have the opportunity to vote for Mitt Romney,” Spiker said.”

And now that they control the Iowa GOP:

“While Paul loyalists are open about their mission to try to take over Iowa politics, Iowa GOP Chairman A.J. Spiker said the state party exists to elect Republicans...

“As for the state party, some Republicans said they no longer view it as an all-welcoming mechanism to aid all GOP candidates, but as an arm of the Paul movement, where Iowans must pass a Paul litmus test before they get a foot in the door.

“ “It worries me that the leadership is so narrowly focused,” said Cedar Falls businesswoman Leann Saul... “They’re not able to reach out to the rest of the party. They’re kind of just unto themselves.”

“County officials feel disconnected from party leaders, Saul said. She said she’s the treasurer of the Black Hawk County central committee, but “no one is reaching out to us at all.”

“Paul supporters in the new leadership positions insist they’re all just Republicans pushing Republican ideals. But at least one national Republican delegate slot — a position usually reserved for party loyalists — went to a Paul volunteer who was a registered Democrat in 2010...

“Paul still has two paid campaign staffers in Iowa, including Kurtinitis, who helped train people on how to make headway into party political roles. He’s also an organizer with Liberty Iowa PAC. The newly formed political action committee “hopes to harness the recent surge of activism by constitutional conservatives” in Iowa and is circulating a list of 13 legislative candidates it has endorsed...

“ “We’re going to remake the party. We really are,” Kurtinitis said. “We want to get back to conservatism and what’s important.”

“An online training video, titled “Caucus Done, What’s Next — Ron Paul Delegates,” features Paul supporter and state central committee member Jeremiah Johnson, who spells out a financial agenda.

“ “If we have a majority of the central committee, we can take control of that again, and then decide where that funding goes, so it goes to only people that are representing our platform and not to candidates that go off on a limb and do stuff that’s against our platform,” Johnson says.”

“There was also a fascinating and lengthy discussion about the overabundance of Ron Paul backers put in charge of the RPI [Republican Party of Iowa]. Chairman Striker continued the practice of hiring/appointing only Paulites, as he named Drew Ivers, Ron Paul’s Iowa campaign chair, the new Iowa GOP state finance chair … 10 SCC members rubberstamped the appointment. Five opposed …

“Ivers said his goal is to go after the “major donors”. The problem is the major donors in Iowa are not donating to RPI largely because of Ivers and his Paulite cohorts …. SCC members Tamara Scott, Tim Moran, Jamie Johnson and David Chung tried, in vain, to point that out during the meeting …

“RPI also decided to donate a total of $70,000 to Iowa house and senate candidates. Each senate candidate will receive a $1,000 donation. Each house candidate will receive $500 … I share some of the same concerns that Steve Scheffler voiced in the meeting. There are some candidates that simply have no chance of winning and this money would be better spent on the dozen or so races that will decide the majority in the Iowa Senate and making sure we keep a sizable house majority …

“Of course, we must remember, the Paulistinians recruited several likeminded candidates to run this year. Very few of them will win, but now RPI can assist these futile efforts.”


Nebraska

“Ron Paul hasn't given up on an attempt to hijack the Nebraska Republican National Delegates...

“We received the e-mail below a little while ago and it explains the Paul strategy. Get delegates to the county conventions, elect them as delegates to the state convention, and hopefully, elect them to be delegates to the national convention...

“We can also tell you that approximately 310 Nebraskans have signed 'notices of intent' to be national delegates. In past presidential election years that number has generally been around 80, so the Paul supporters are actively working at it.”

COUNTY CONVENTIONS:

“On Thursday May 31,we took note of the effort by the Ron Paul folks to hijack the Nebraska Republican Party county and state conventions (Ron Paul Still Seeking Nebraska Convention Delegates), the ultimate aim being to send as many Paul delegates to the Republican National Convention in Tampa as they can...

“In Sarpy County it was clear that the Paul supporters were well organized. They had slates on their phones and a few paper ones. They knew whom they were to nominate and vote for for each elected position. Some even cast more than one vote which required at least one caucus to have to vote several times.

“Even the very conservative Nebraska State Senator Jim Smith could only be elected as an alternate delegate to the state convention!”

Paul activist named Ebke explains their strategy:

“I wasn’t at the Monday night event (Buffalo convention) —a Ron Paul staffer was... I WAS in Dodge County tonight... We knew that there was often a move to seat unfiled delegates (those who didn’t do the paperwork in February), in counties in Nebraska. My general instructions in the smaller counties that I worked with was this: know your numbers, and know how many people the other side has. If you still have the advantage, seat additional delegates, as a sign of goodwill. If you’ll lose the advantage by seating, well, politics isn’t bean ball...

“The Chair started some of the business (approval of minutes, treasurer’s report) and called by approval by the full body. Our folks tried to object, on the grounds that no one else had been seated as delegates, and they were the properly elected delegates. They were ignored.

“Things got progressively worse. Motions that were made and seconded and voted on affirmatively by the seated delegates were ignored. Later, motions were made and seconded, and the chair “rejected” their motions out-of-hand (I didn’t think chairs could do that!?!). [I’ve been told that our appropriate move at this point would have been to “challenge the ruling of the chair”, which would have appropriately required a majority vote of the delegates to uphold—I’m not sure I could have conveyed the appropriate way to vote, though, via text message..] All this time, I was in and out of the room, talking to the Paul campaign experts...

“The suggestion I got: get our delegates to stop the convention, and take it outside... we held our own convention, with me chairing... they did the same thing inside.”

“Ron Paul backers raise a ruckus... In Nebraska, angry Paul supporters stormed out of the county convention Wednesday in Dodge County after a rules dispute with Romney supporters. The Paul supporters later held their own convention in a nearby parking lot in Fremont...

“In Dodge County, 13 people filed to run as delegates. Of those, eight were Paul supporters.

“When they showed up Wednesday at the county convention, they ran into resistance from 50 to 75 people, many of whom support Romney and who have been attending party functions for years.

“The brouhaha erupted after a motion to allow more delegates to be elected on top of those who had met the March 1 filing deadline.

“Paul supporters objected.

“ “We proceeded to leave the illegal convention to hold our own legal convention outside the doors,” said Jake Tagart of Fremont...

“Roxie Kracl, chairwoman of the Dodge County Republicans, did not return a telephone call Thursday.

“Jordan McGrain, executive director of the Nebraska Republican Party, said he believes that Kracl followed the rules and did nothing wrong.”

“KEARNEY— After the dust settled from a heated argument about procedures Monday, Buffalo County Republicans sent seven delegates to represent them at the party’s state convention.

“The disagreement over the selection process pitted young Ron Paul supporters against Buffalo County Republicans board members at Harmon Park Activity Center...

“The 50 county delegates elected seven delegates to represent them in Grand Island at the state convention...

“Adding members to the existing voting total is something the convention has done in the past, according to Buffalo County Republican Chairman David Stubbs.

“ “There was a disagreement on the rules and procedures and the manner in which they felt the county chair was not conducting the convention properly,” Stubbs said, “That was a matter of sometimes vocal contention.”

“(Paul supporter) Peterman said he believes adding 10 county delegates to the previous 40 was illegal, but Nebraska Republican Party Executive Director Jordan McGrain said that is not the case...

“There were injuries and arrests of Ron Paul supporters in Florida and Louisiana... There were no arrests or injuries in Kearney.”

“KEARNEY— The Nebraska Credentialing Committee ruled Thursday that the delegates selected during an upstart Buffalo County Republican Convention will not be seated at this weekend’s state convention in Grand Island.

“For the young Ron Paul supporters who held the meeting and elected delegates June 10, the ruling was almost expected, according to the convention’s leadership.

“ “It’s unfortunate, but I’m not too surprised,” John Olofson, chairman of the second convention, said...

“ “It is the correct decision because we had a correct convention,” Stubbs said. “The Buffalo County Republican Party followed all the rules, and we felt confident our duly elected delegates would be seated at the state convention. Our delegates are anxious to attend and nominate Mitt Romney and are looking forward to the social and business events.”

“ “Going forward, I think we will have to network and keep involved within our group and gain more people for our cause,” Olofson said.”

“Yesterday's Douglas County Republican Convention results were probably not entirely what some expected...

“The most controversy came with a request of the credential committee to seat an additional 37 guests as delegates, those guests not having filed to be delegates before the March 1 deadline. In years past guests have been sometimes seated, sometimes not. It was apparent that Jon Tucker, a Ron Paul organizer didn't feel the preponderance of those guests were necessarily on his side and he spoke against it. He was followed by other speakers whose rhetoric would have led a naive listener to believe that the entire U.S. Constitution, and perhaps the Ten Commandments, were being violated should the guests be seated.

“After the discussion a voice vote was taken which was too close to call. That was followed by a division of the house which again proved unreliable given the fact that guests and others appeared to be standing to vote. That was followed by a paper ballot which proved equally unreliable given the chaotic method by which it was conducted and the fact that more votes appeared to be cast than delegates present. Finally, Tucker changed his mind and suggested that guests be seated as delegates and his 'followers' acquiesced (it doesn't appear the U.S.Constitution or the Bible suffered immense damage)...

“The Ron Paul folks had numerous victories. They came well organized with slate sheets distributed to their trusted recruits. The slate sheets instructed their members whom to vote for all of the elected offices... they did take over numerous leadership positions at the county and state party level and they did set themselves up with plenty of delegates to continue their thrust to elect Ron Paul delegates at the state convention.

“In summary, the Ron Paul supporters did what they set out to do.”

“Reader Comment June 10, 2012 11:44 AM:

“What was most troubling about the mind-set of some of the Paul insurgents at the beginning of the credentials discussion was an immediate response, from at least one individual, to virtually start screaming that we don't live in a democracy; this is a 'republic' and the convention was on the verge of allowing "rule by the mob", and then proceeded to lecture the delegates on following the rules, when this individual obviously knew absolutely nothing of the convention rules! His almost deranged comments were applauded by some. As the writer stated, the spoils of election are usuallly achieved by those who are best organized, and, yes, the "rules" were followed!”

“ In Nebraska insults reportedly were screamed at a county convention in Buffalo County.”

STATE CONVENTION:

“OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The rift within the Nebraska Republican Party pitting the establishment against Ron Paul supporters has widened following a power struggle that led the party chairman to reverse course on stepping down and party officials to double security for the upcoming convention.

“Nebraska GOP Executive Director Jordan McGrain said he has, for the first time, hired security for the July 14 convention in Grand Island. McGrain hopes to quash any disruptions like those at other state conventions, where disputes between supporters of presidential candidate Mitt Romney and Paul resulted in shouting matches, brawling and — in Louisiana — delegates being carted off by police...

“ "It was certainly expressed to us from delegations from Nevada, Louisiana and Iowa that whatever we were intending to do for security for the Nebraska convention, to double our efforts," McGrain said. "We have the benefit of hindsight."

“Paul, a Texas congressman, stopped actively campaigning in May, but his supporters are still trying to win delegates in an effort to get his name into nomination at the GOP national convention next month in Tampa, Fla...

“The Nebraska Republican Party is already experiencing a contentious divide... [NE GOP Chairman] Fahleson, too, has suffered from the rift. Earlier this month, he abandoned his plans to step down and seek a national committeeman post. Stepping down, he said, would have triggered an election at the state convention to replace him, and "that race was proving to be very divisive."

“Gov. Dave Heineman had already endorsed Omaha attorney Brian Buescher for the chairman slot... Orr had the support of Paul and tea party supporters in the GOP and appeared to many to be the likely winner...”

“Under party rules, if Ron Paul gets a plurality of votes from at least five states, he can be nominated as president at the Republican National Convention in Florida. He has met that threshold in four states, and Nebraska’s convention this weekend is the last in the nation – so the state convention has become the focus of attention by Paul supporters...

“After being warned by party officials in other states to be prepared for “some pretty rowdy guests,” last week the executive director of the Nebraska Republican Party told Nebraska Watchdog of plans to hire security for the first time.

“But that only seemed to fan the flames for Paul supporters – and today GOP Chairman Mark Fahleson tried to douse the fire.

“Fahleson and Laura Ebke, chairwoman of the Tea Party/Paul-supporting Republican Liberty Caucus, met ... the GOP has decided not to hire extra security for the convention. The Republican Party will discourage those who wish to intimidate, agitate or monitor the convention from attending.”

“GRAND ISLAND, Neb. — Nebraska Republicans said "no" Saturday to Ron Paul... The Paulites won only two of the state GOP's 35 national delegates.

“Nebraska was Paul's last chance... Several Paul supporters said the Texas congressman had talked to them at a rally the night before -- via telephone -- and urged them to be polite and play by the rules.”


Oklahoma

Paul voters continue their regular routine of disruptions and cheating but are thwarted.

After taking 4th in the Oklahoma primary, they make up 40% of state convention but after hundreds more vote than are certified and allowed, a much closer vote occurs but they still lose. They boo the governor, get into fights, and continue to accuse everyone else of causing the problems and cheating. (When a balding, stocky Ron Paul supporter is escorted out of the convention by police for assaulting an elderly man, it is almost hilarious to hear him claim he was the one who was assaulted.)

“OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma's State Republican Party convention turned raucous with supporters of Texas congressman Ron Paul taking the convention outside the Norman hotel where it was held after the convention adjourned and following a physical confrontation between a Paul supporter and a supporter of presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney.

“ "There was one confrontation" state Republican Party Chairman Matt Pinnell said. "The sergeant-of-arms and a deputy broke it up."

“Paul supporter Lukus Collins attributed the altercation to the passion of the supporters...

“This Ron Paul supporter says he was hit in the head by a 70 year old”

“Backers of GOP presidential contender Ron Paul came up short Saturday in their attempt to elect their slate of delegates to the national convention during a raucous state convention — hindered by fights over rules and a physical altercation between opposing delegates.

“Backers of Paul, a Texas congressman, booed Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, a onetime 2012 GOP presidential contender, when both encouraged the approximately 1,400 delegates to support the presumed Republican Party presidential nominee Mitt Romney...

“Paul supporters, who numbered about 600 and made up about 40 percent of the convention, used various parliamentary procedures to contest rules...

“Earlier, a Paul supporter complained he had been hit in the back of the head by a Romney backer; Paul supporters got upset when convention officials tried to remove the Paul backer.

“Order was restored quickly when a sheriff's deputy arrived. [and removed the disruptive Paul activist]

“The convention was slogged down mostly by difficulties in determining the credentials of the delegates.

“When delegates cast their votes, 256 more voted than were listed as approved delegates.

“The mess wasn't cleared up until about 3 p.m.; a lunch featuring Pawlenty had to be canceled...

“The Paul supporters submitted their own slate of delegates and alternates, but they failed to get enough votes to amend convention rules to let delegates vote on both slates.

“Instead, the convention delegates selected a slate of delegates and alternates to the national convention that was put together by the party's executive committee from about 200 applicants, state Republican Party Chairman Matt Pinnell said...

“Oklahoma will send a contingent of 43 delegates to the Republican National convention... In addition to the 25 delegates selected Saturday, 15 others were elected in congressional elections... The other three delegates are Pinnell and the state's national committeeman and national committeewoman.

“Lukus Collins, a Paul volunteer, said Paul supporters won nine of the 15 congressional district national delegate slots. It appears three are committed to Romney... one of the 25 delegates selected Saturday is a Paul backer, Collins said.

“Santorum and Gingrich each have endorsed Romney and it's expected they will encourage their delegates to vote for Romney...

“Delegates elected a new national committeeman.

“Steve Fair, of Duncan, won 52 percent of the delegate votes while Richard Engel, who lives between Mustang and Tuttle, and had the support of the Paul backers, won 48 percent.”

“Collins says party rules were violated by the holding of voice - rather than roll-call - votes for delegates to the GOP national convention. Pinnell says the voice vote was to meet the agenda's predetermined 5 p.m. adjournment.”

Looney Ron Paul supporters after getting only 10 of the 43 Oklahoma delegates held their own mock convention in the parking lot as noted in the first quote, where they nominated their own fantasy delegates then claimed they won a majority in Oklahoma. Probably trying hard to keep a straight face to not rile up those looney fringe supporters who made the claim, the RNC did not acknowledge their claim:

“The libertarian septuagenarian controls the state delegations from Nevada, Iowa and Minnesota. But a candidate needs five states to be officially recognized on the floor. Paul supporters have made claims to Louisiana, Massachusetts, Oregon, Oklahoma and Maine. But Romney's coterie of lawyers skillfully used the rules and interpersonal negotiations to peel each away.”


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