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RON PAUL NOTE:

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 »

WESTERN STATES:

Nevada Shenanigans

“The Paul folks are more organized than four years ago... they have taken over the state party’s executive board and elected a sizable number of delegates to the Sparks confab. And now this, from state Paul Campaign Director Carl Bunce to his folks about Mitt Romney canvassing calls to delegates:

“I fear they will continue to call you until you finally submit some type of answer to them. I suggest that you say you support Mitt Romney on Question 1 and that you are attending the State Convention on Question 2. These answers will give them a false sense of strength in the process moving forward.”

“And you thought the presidential race was over. Not in Nevada...

“As much as I would hate to see it, the Paul folks are intent on trying to do in 2012 what they almost did in 2008 — hijack the national convention delegation. Even though Republican National Committee rules mandate that the Nevada delegation votes proportionally to the caucus results — Romney received 14 delegates to Paul’s five — do the rules really apply to the Texas congressman’s acolytes?”

In answer to the above question, the answer is a resounding, No!

“As Ron Paul’s supporters doggedly pursued every last, pie-in-the-sky option for putting their candidate up for nomination at the Republican National Convention, they repeated one mantra: We’re here to follow the rules...

“But in the end, after they had exhausted all of their options, the Paul supporters broke the rules.

“When it came time for Nevada’s delegation chairman, Wayne Terhune, to announce the Silver State’s votes, he ignored the binding results of the presidential caucuses, which guaranteed Romney 20 delegate votes and Paul eight delegate votes.

“Instead, Terhune reported a new tally... "We proudly cast 17 votes for Congressman Ron Paul, five abstentions and five for Romney," he said...

“Terhune’s moment at the microphone was the final word in a frenzied, all-out effort to put Paul’s name up for nomination.

“The day began with high hopes for Nevada’s Paul delegation. Terhune had cobbled together signatures from six states supporting his effort to put Paul’s name up for nomination.

“Just before the convention gaveled open, Paul wandered onto the floor to greet his supporters from Nevada... but remained non-committal when asked if he supported their effort to nominate him. “I have no idea what they’re doing,” Paul said...

“Terhune spent an anxious half-hour pacing the hallway with a small gaggle of Paul supporters who knew the plan in advance. Then, a Paul delegate from Minnesota had enough of the waiting game. Gary Heyer, a yoga instructor from Chaska, Minn., grabbed a handful of other Paul delegates and tried to storm the stage...

“Convention Chairman John Boehner called for a vote on the rules with no discussion. Romney, with an overwhelming majority of the delegates, easily won the vote.

“That ended the 2012 Paul revolution...

“So, in one last act of defiance, Nevada’s delegation decided to “vote their conscience” instead of respect the binding rule...

“ “They just hurt their movement in Nevada for a very long time,” Washoe County GOP Chairman Dave Buell said. “You can’t sit there and scream about the rules and then break the rules.”

“James Smack, the incoming Republican national committeeman and former Paul supporter, was incensed.

“ "We spent the last four years working to get this party to follow the rules and this just slaps it in the face," he said.

“In fact, had Terhune correctly announced Nevada’s vote, the Silver State could have had the distinction of being the state to put Romney over the top in the delegate count, Buell said.

“Instead, New Jersey basked in the fireworks on the Jumbotron screen as the state to deliver the nomination to Romney.”

The Washington Post and Reason Magazine summarized some of their tactics:

"In Reno, regional coordinator Wayne Terhune used a slide show on a recent weeknight to teach volunteers how to participate in a Republican precinct meeting to help Paul win delegates in the state’s caucuses on Saturday. He has tutored packed rooms at Denny’s as well as smaller crowds in the campaign’s Reno headquarters, located in a low-slung office building alongside the airport.

"In a tiny conference room with a water cooler and two dogs on the floor, Terhune told the volunteers not to allow paper ballots out of their sight once votes take place — and to dress neatly and inconspicuously, so fellow Republicans won’t be disinclined to elect them as caucus delegates....

" “You’ll nominate yourself,” Terhune told the room. “They’ll probably have you give your speech. Have a meeting a day ahead so all the Ron Paul people know who the other Ron Paul people are, so you can vote for them. Then you give a generic speech, and the non-Ron Paul people say, ‘Oh, he’s solid, I can vote for him.’ ” ..."

“The Ron Paul presidential campaign has a guerrilla-style takeover strategy heading into next week’s Nevada Republican Convention at John Ascuaga’s Nugget in Sparks...

“Those who show up will elect 25 of Nevada’s 28 national convention delegates, as three spots for the state chairman, national committeeman and committeewoman are already taken.

“The Ron Paul folks want to stack that number with their people. Other state Ron Paul organizations are doing the same, Republicans said.

“If the campaign can muster lots of national delegates nationwide, the sky is the limit in the imaginations of Paul’s supporters.

“They hope for a brokered national convention, where front-runner Mitt Romney fails to win the presidential nomination on the first ballot...

“Paul’s supporters swarmed last week’s Texas Republican Senate district conventions, making a push to gain more control of the party, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram...

“For Nevada’s Paul supporters, the state party takeover could be viewed as payback for what happened to them at the 2008 GOP state convention at the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino in Reno.

“Party leaders abruptly aborted that convention, leaving Paul supporters feeling that the state GOP had cheated them out of a place at the national convention.

“In 2008, Paul’s numerous supporters who attended the state convention won a rules change that would allow them to vote Paul delegates to the national convention.

“The rules change extended the voting process into the evening hours. Just before 6 p.m., party officials abruptly gaveled the convention closed, saying they didn’t have a contract to use the hall for the evening...

“The party didn’t schedule another convention and appointed the delegates, including two Paul supporters...

Break the rules?

“Although the RNC mandates that national delegates must vote in accordance with state primary or caucus results, Ron Paul’s supporters appear to want to push the mandate to the limit.

“[Paul’s campaign chairman for Nevada] Bunce suggested that some national delegates who support Paul would have a difficult time voting for Romney on the first ballot, even if they were instructed to do so.

“ “They might not be Romney supporters,” Bunce said of the national delegates. “The people who have the heart and minds to make it to the national delegation floor, they have a choice to make. Anything is possible at that point.”

“If Newt Gingrich drops out of the race this coming week as expected, Mitt Romney will be awarded 20 delegates and Ron Paul will be awarded eight. Rick Santorum, who won three Nevada delegates earlier already dropped out. If Gingrich remains in the race, the delegate count will be 15 for Romney, seven for Gingrich and six for Paul.”

“Balloting for the national delegates didn’t begin until after 7 p.m., pushing the marathon convention into a 12-hour stretch...

“Paul’s supporters, driven by four years of planning and persistence, vowed to outlast the so-called Republican establishment...

“ “I’m here specifically to offset the huge Ron Paul organization,” said Romney supporter David Dietze. “They are hard at work. There’s been a lot of delays, and clearly their tactic is to be the last man standing.” ...

“First, Paul supporters blocked a move by Romney supporters to require 50 percent of the delegates remain in the room to conduct any convention business...

“ “We’re prepared to stay here however long. We’re prepared to fight however long and by the rules,” said Paul supporter Allen Adams.”

Once in power, these people have not tried to help the republican party, but to work against it, leading the press to thinking they are worst than incompetent:

“The president’s biggest trump card in Nevada may be organizational rather than demographic.

“Jon Ralston -- a longtime political reporter and analyst for the Las Vegas Sun, who recently founded his own Web site chronicling the state’s political scene -- credits the Democrats’ sizable advantage on the ground as a major reason Obama appears to have an edge.

“The Republicans here have to be upgraded in order to be classified as inept, and you just have this situation that goes against what the economic conditions are,” Ralston said. “The RNC has come in here, to their credit, and realized that the Republican Party here is a joke, and so they’ve essentially set up a parallel organization with the Romney campaign. And they do have some good people who understand the state, but you can’t just erect that type of infrastructure overnight and be able to get a ground game going.”

Most likely, these efforts by these people who took over the Nevada and Iowa Republican parties, will result in Obama barely eking out a victory in those states, even though both states have strong republican leanings, including having republican governors.

But if they fail to hinder republican electoral success, Ron Paul extremists in the electoral college plan to vote against the winning republican nominee anyway. After one openly admitted that to the press and was forced to resign, they are still admitting it but being more vague and wishy-washy in their statements:

“Because so-called faithless electors are rare, the position of elector is largely viewed as symbolic. Each party chooses people to serve as electors in the 50 states, and electors from the winning party convene in each state capital in December to officially select the president and vice president.

“As Paul supporters fought for more prestigious delegate slots during state-level conventions this year, they also quietly accrued electors...

“In Nevada, for example, Paul's forces seized control of the state convention and won a majority of delegates. They also placed four Paul supporters among the state's six electors...

“Nevada's electors are approaching their duties in different ways...

“Ken Eastman may not cast his Nevada electoral vote for Romney, if the former Massachusetts governor wins the state. Eastman said he wants to explore options with Republican leaders in Clark County, a group now dominated by Paul supporters...

“Zimmerman said she hasn't decided how she'll cast her electoral vote.

“Along with the three electors looking at alternatives, Nevada GOP elector Ken Searles said he may vote for Paul as a protest...

“About half the states, including Nevada, have laws requiring electors to follow the popular vote. Nevada's statute carries no punishment, and it's unclear how it would be enforced. Election officials said they may turn to the courts to enforce the law if an elector strayed...

MORE ON OUTCOME AND EFFORTS TO TAKE OVER OR DESTROY THE PARTY »


Idaho

“I’m in Idaho where Romney took over 60% of the caucus vote and Paul was third with less than 20%.

“They are trying the exact same thing. All by being sneaky.

“Last weekend they tried it in Utah — and got skunked.”

“Thursday night over at Banbury Hot Springs just west of Buhl, the Idaho Republican Liberty Caucus [what Ron Paul activists call themselves] held a special gathering to help rally their troops for the Idaho Republican Convention...

“The night was full of live debates and speeches with the intent of strategizing and organizing the group in preparation for the National Presidential Convention.”

“TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) - Idaho Republicans voted to send their 32 delegates to the national convention this summer to support presidential candidate Mitt Romney...

“Before the state convention in Twin Falls, there had been murmurings that supporters of Ron Paul would openly seek to undermine Romney's support. That didn't materialize...

“Paul supporter Ryan Davidson, an Ada County delegate, said discussion of attempting to direct delegates away from Romney in Twin Falls was always "theoretical." ”


Colorado

“GOP has chosen 13 Romney delegates and six Santorum delegates. The remaining 17 delegates are unpledged...

“13 unpledged delegates, including me, will vote for Ron Paul on the first ballot. One unpledged delegate will vote for Santorum. The remaining three unpledged delegates, also known as the 'delegates at large,' are the state GOP Chairman, the state GOP National Committeman and the National Committeewoman. Those three will likely vote for Romney...

“The Paul delegates ran unpledged in order to win the votes of Santorum supporters...

“Remember, this is a state where Santorum won with 40% of the caucus popular vote. Romney came in 2nd with 35% and Ron Paul finished last with 12%...

“There were also 36 alternate delegates elected at Colorado’s convention... almost all of the alternate delegates are Paul supporters. He also believes that if nothing changes regarding Santorum’s campaign, many of his delegates may forego the time and expense of attending the convention, leaving the door open for Paul to win the state when alternates pledged to Paul are seated.”

“In Colorado on Saturday morning, video correspondent Kelly Maher videotaped a meeting of the Denver County Republican Assembly...

“ “The Ron Paul chair here went around the GOP chair and committed $900 worth of security from the Denver Police,” she warned. “And now they’re sending out strategy emails on how to ‘shanghai’ the assembly.”

“And shanghai they did. The meeting, Maher said afterward, “descended into madness” when Paul’s supporters “started screaming from the floor.”

“Maher told The Denver Post after the meeting that “the Ron Paul people showed up with an alternate set of rules and calendar for the day.”

“ “[One woman] was standing at the mic and kept demanding to be recognized. She kept calling ‘point of order,’ and that was the first yelling. Once the rules were adopted, the Ron Paul people demanded they be read aloud.”

“ “So [chairman] Danny [Stroud] called up [secretary] Brett [Moore] to read them, which made everyone flip out again because he did it in his ‘fast reader’ voice (he used to be the reader for the state House.)” ...

“Denver County GOP chairman Danny Stroud sent TheDC a statement about Saturday’s meeting, saying among other things that “we can never let passion trounce on the rights of others. Unfortunately, that was exactly what was attempted at the Denver GOP Assembly. A small, loud group attempted to hijack the assembly and trample on the rights of those who took time out of their busy lives to participate in the political process.” ”


Washington State

“Despite Mitt Romney winning Washington state's straw poll at the precinct caucuses in early March, the fight for the state's 43 delegates is still brewing...

“The showdown should be evident this weekend when nine counties -- including Snohomish and Clark -- hold conventions to elect delegates to the state GOP convention, where the national delegates will be picked in June...

“State Republican Party Chairman Kirby Wilbur said he's growing concerned about scheming leading to a disruptive fight at the state convention.”

“SILVERDALE — Kitsap County Republicans might not have anywhere near full representation at the state party convention in Tacoma...

“The county GOP convention ended Saturday at Klahowya Secondary School with only 14 delegates elected to represent the county at the state convention on May 31 and June 1. The county was allotted 64 delegates.

“Jack Hamilton, county party chairman, said the party anticipated the higher than normal attendance at Saturday's convention and that there was enough time to get delegates finished by 4 p.m., but some delegates worked to delay the process. "The delegates did not complete (the voting) in the time available," he said.

“ "There was a small group there to exercise their will," Hamilton said of some at the gathering who challenged convention and party rules. When asked if those were supporters of U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, Hamilton responded, "I will not tell you that, but I'm not going to deny it."

“Paul backers who were upset... were likely the most organized bunch in the group...

“In earlier conventions, Republicans in Chelan and Clark counties also broke before completing delegate slates, Wilbur said. In Chelan County, 12 of 20 were picked; in Clark County, Republicans picked 75 of 94 delegates.”

Whatcom county convention: (I have been informed by email by one of the people urging a vote-for-Paul strategy that they really were a Santorum supporter)

“TACOMA, Wash. – Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has secured Washington state's 13 final delegates.

“Romney swept all 10 at-large delegates at the state convention on Saturday and then got the support of the party's three automatic delegates. That means Romney emerged from Washington with 37 of the state's 43 total delegates.

“Supporters of Texas congressman Ron Paul won five delegates on Friday and helped a delegate for Rick Santorum move to the national convention.”

“TACOMA — Mitt Romney may be the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, but supporters of Texas Congressman Ron Paul made a loud showing at the state Republican convention Friday...

“One of Romney's sons, Josh Romney, was booed by Paul supporters as others cheered when he spoke to the convention Friday morning.

“Citing the latest dismal unemployment report, Josh Romney said, "We cannot afford four more years of President Obama." ...

“But Matt Dubin, a leading local Paul organizer, told the crowd the GOP presidential race will not end until delegates select the nominee at the Tampa convention...

“Dubin drew boisterous cheers from the pro-Paul crowd when he indirectly questioned Romney's conservative credentials...

“State GOP Chairman Kirby Wilbur said the Paul backers "made peace" and agreed not to disrupt the convention with noisy disputes over rules or other issues"...”

“ “We are the new activist branch of the Republican Party,” Dubin said, “and soon, very soon, all GOP candidates will be forced to seek our support if they want any chance of success...

“Paul supporters complain... [about] a group of Republicans from the Paul stronghold of Clark County who weren’t seated as delegates ...

“The state GOP said the Clark County delegates had been appointed after the convention rather than elected at the convention itself, so they were invalid.

“ “They were making up their own rules,” party spokeswoman Meredith Kenny said .”

“Paul supporters also booed other speakers who suggested it was time for the party to unite behind Romney as the nominee to ensure Obama's defeat.”

“They're still scraping for every possible delegate. And they hold out hope that Ron Paul could win the presidency this year. ..

“Several Paul delegates said the ultimate goal is to oust President Barack Obama... Others said they would never back Romney. Steve Holmes, 60, of Deer Park, said ... he planned to write Paul's name in. ”


Arizona

“In a never before seen spectacle, Ron Paul supporters, thrusting their fists in the air like brownshirts, booing and screaming demands, tried to overtake Arizona’s 2012 Republican Convention Saturday. The tactics of disruptive chaos employed by “Occupier” anarchists have been enthusiastically embraced by these zealots...

“The usually respectful and orderly proceedings held this year at Grand Canyon University became a thunderous battleground for what the zealous, anti-establishment activists refer to as the “Ron Paul Revolution.”

“Their childish rudeness reached a pinnacle as the Paulbots loudly jeered and booed Josh Romney, speaking on behalf of his father, presumptive Republican presidential contender, Mitt Romney. Count on the newspaper to get it wrong, headlining that he was “booed off stage.” Josh Romney held firm, was courteous and although his speech was disrupted by the fringe group, he stayed at the podium and finished his comments. Gov. Jan Brewer also spoke.

“Balloting for National Committeeman and Committeewoman took place late in the day after many of the Republican attendees left... Bruce Ash was reelected to his post, but the position of Committeewoman will require a run-off between Sharon Geise who currently holds the post and former state Sen. Karen Johnson, a Paul enthusiast.

“State GOP chairman Tom Morrissey had already gaveled the meeting adjourned, since there was no longer a quorum, throwing the Paul supporters into a raucous tantrum...

“Out of nine congressional districts, Ron Paul’s delegates won two positions, one each in CD 1 and 5...”

“This entry was posted on Saturday, May 12th, 2012 at 11:47 pm and is filed under Arizona Politics, Elections, National Politics, Presidential campaigns.”

Sample Reader comments:

“Weren’t you the slightest bit sickened by the nazi like salutes and drowning out of other’s voices, so only yours was heard? The post was correct in using the term “brownshirts.” ” — Pima Pal

“A pox on both our houses. Ron Paul should be ashamed, Paul supporters for the most part were rude and classless...

“As for our leadership it was amateurish; we waited for hours because there were not enough ballots, the little asterics next to the Romney endorsed candidates on the ballot was insulting if not illegal, and why were we not prepared in advance with the slates? We showed up for a gun battle with squirt guns. Ronbots knew exactly which 6 delegates to vote for in each district while we were voting for our favorites out of 74 in cd 5... And to you Ron Paul supporters: you probably missed the respectful way the Republican Party delegates treated your spokesperson...” — Paul Marchant

“I was at the convention. A handful of LP’ers [Libertarian Party'ers] had gotten to the floor as stealth delegates. They also had a group of leather-lunged back-up screamers in the gallery, some watching and some hoping to come down as alternates if any Republican delegates failed to arrive.

“The LP’ers performed in the finest Saul Alinsky-esque fashion. Their perceived Constitutional freedoms extend only themselves. They trampled on the 1st Amendment all day. Not only did they “shout down” Mr. Romney, but they did the same to other Republican speakers, including the Republican Governor of the Gila River Indian Nation. They did everything they could to disrupt and stall the convention. They have been well-schooled by their ACORN mentors.

“Their actions and their writings display perfectly that they will do all in their power to hand this great country back to Obamao. There may be some sincere Paul supporters who are not true LP’ers, and those should quickly reassess their personal plans for this country, because as the LP fanatics write above, Obamao is fine with them.

“God bless America.” — LEO IN TSN

“I spent a fair amount of time in the “counting area”, and it was clear to me that their actions were not in any way an attempt to insure the count was correct, rather it was to harass, intimidate and challenge the volunteers trying to accomplish their tasks – mostly accomplished by unpaid volunteers.” — 1st hand witness

“Sadly, they pushed around Cindy a GCU security guard when she would not let them speak from the podium after Arizona Republican Party Chairman Morrissey ended the meeting. She was trying to keep her composure after the attack and finally broke down crying in the ballot counting room...” — jackhammer

Seeing Red AZ says:

“May 13, 2012 at 10:32 am

“During the night and so far this morning, Seeing Red AZ has received nearly 250 comments, mostly from Ron Paul supporters, indulging in name calling with many using the same derogatory words and phrases, such as calling us “lying propagandists” and “Zionist protectors,” while calling Mitt Romney the “White Obama.”

“It’s clear they sidle up to Paul’s website for their daily dose of party-line deception, in much the same way liberals do. Although they deny their use of Alinsky tactics of disruption and chaos, we were on scene at the AZ GOP Convention, and saw the loathsome activities first hand. There may be some who sincerely believe Ron Paul is the answer to America’s ills. But Ron Paul himself is not among them...

“We have put up a fair representation of comments to this post, omitting the vulgarities and anti-Semitic rantings. Comments are now closed.

Monday May 14, 2012:

“Since closing the comment section and putting up numerous comments of the hundreds from rabid Paul supporters, we received this lengthy comment from regular reader Tyler Mott. In the interest of presenting an accurate accounting, we have allowed this to go through, although normally something of this excessive length would not be posted. But these are abnormal circumstances and Tyler Mott was also in attendance at the Saturday meeting.”

Tyler Mott says:

“May 14, 2012 at 11:04 am

“... This is what I wrote the night of the event. I was already pissed off after being at the Convention from 7:45 am to 9:05 pm. which meant that Judy & I had to get up at 4:45 am on a Saturday in order to be up there on time. Before I was at least respectful of the Ron Paul crazies, but not anymore. Here’s my report from that night:

“... The end of the meeting nearly descended into chaos as Ron Paul supporters showed up to the convention en masse and through their sophistry & subversive tactics had at least two of their delegates elected out of Arizona’s 9 Congressional seats.

“... The Parliamentarian for the Arizona Republican Party ruled that there was no longer a quorum & in rapid succession it was moved to adjourn the meeting, where the run-off election for Republican National Committeewoman would be held by mail-in ballot instead. And the meeting was immediately adjourned by the State Party Chairman after this motion & with no vote. This made the Ron Paul supporters go crazy & they tried to take over the convention stage after the State Chairman called the meeting to a close by trying to say that the State Republican Party Chairman had abandoned his position by closing & leaving the meeting in a way that was against Arizona Republican Party bylaws.”

Although the video linked to in the above article has been removed, undoubtedly because the Paul activist who posted it realized it showed too much, the following links have video showing the Paul activists behavior at the convention:

(The 'heil Hitler' calls at the convention as recorded in the video in the May 14th link above, and the above reference to nazi salutes, can be understood in the context of Paul's published views, statements, voting record and allies with respect to racial issues, as noted here.)

Additional detail to the above account which mentions "Ron Paul supporters showed up to the convention en masse and through their sophistry & subversive tactics had at least two of their delegates elected out of Arizona’s 9 Congressional seats":

“They may have been hoping that Romney supporters would rely on the booklet being passed out by the Ron Paul booth which listed the various slates of delegates. I noticed that the list of Romney supporters being passed out by the Ron Poll booth did NOT match the list being passed out by the Romney supporters. The orange sheet of delegates being passed out by the unity platform committee noted that Ron Paul supporters at prior conventions had passed out false lists of delegates supporting his opponent.”

“The Ron Paul contingent includes over 100 Arizona Republican state delegates, whose goal is interference with the placing of Mitt Romney’s name in nomination and disruption of the proceedings. Their names are included at the bottom of this report. These delegates are Paul supporters and donors who won election though stealth, as many concealed their true bent.”


Oregon

“Final election results give Mitt Romney 18 pledged convention delegates from Oregon.

“Romney also has the support of three Oregon "superdelegates" who aren't bound by election results...

“Rick Santorum and Ron Paul will take three delegates each to the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. Newt Gingrich will take one.”

“Texas Rep. Ron Paul won less than 13 percent of the vote in Oregon's Republican presidential primary, but his supporters now make up at least half of the state's delegation to the national convention in Tampa later this month...

“The Paul forces are also mounting official credentials challenges with the national GOP aimed at giving them full control of the delegation.

“Supporters of the libertarian-minded presidential candidate face an uphill battle in their credentials fights in Oregon and three other states -- Massachusetts, Louisiana and Maine -- where they tangled with party regulars over the process of selecting delegates...

“In addition to winning the three seats reserved for delegates pledged to support the Texas congressman, the Paul supporters also were selected to fill several slots for delegates who pledge to vote for Romney as well as for another candidate, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.

“All told, GOP spokesman Greg Leo said he thinks the Paul forces won half of Oregon's 28 delegates to the convention. Tom Armstrong, Paul's Oregon coordinator, said he believes his side actually has 15 of the 28 delegates...

“State Party Chairman Allen Alley angered the Paulites by shutting down the district conventions at 5 p.m., just as party precinct workers began selecting alternate delegates.

“Instead, the party's executive committee chose the alternates later. That was important, because the delegates and alternates jointly vote on who will chair the delegation and on who will serve on the various convention committees -- including the one drafting the Republican national platform. Those top spots went to party regulars. Alley, for instance, was elected chairman of the delegation.

“Outraged Paul supporters flooded the Internet with videos and caustic commentary on Alley and the state GOP's actions...

“Alley said he carefully followed the rules, knowing that everything he did at the June 23 district conventions would face scrutiny. Several longtime GOP activists defended Alley.

“ "He's trying to protect the integrity of how Oregonians voted, which is not for Ron Paul, " said Tim Nashif, a founder of the Oregon Family Council...

“In a fundraising letter sent out last month, Paul described the convention as a "critical step for our R3VOLUTION." (His campaign supporters have an unusual typeface they use for that word to highlight the word "love," which appears backward.)”

“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.”


Alaska

(Inside the link found at the top and bottom of this page, in the link's "Strategy and Evidence" section, is a Paul Alaska strategy letter, which was implemented as noted below.)

Their Alaska plan worked and they have now taken over the Alaska Republican Party:

“This weekend, it was the young, sometimes bedraggled but always idealstic and not always so polite, supporters of presidential candidate Ron Paul who were certain that if they were in charge of the party, Alaska and the country would be a better place.

“And now they’ll get their chance to prove it...

“Alaska Republicans voted Russ Millette as the party’s new chairman and Debbie Holland-Brown as co-chair. They are both supporters of presidential candidate Ron Paul...

“After the party delegates’ votes were tallied Saturday evening, a cheer erupted from Paul supporters on the second floor of the Hilton. Others looked crestfallen. Some blamed failed senatorial candidate Joe Miller and his wife, Kathleen, who spent much of their time Saturday huddled with Paul supporters. Miller was largely expected to jockey for a party leadership position, but it was Kathleen who, sporting a Ron Paul sticker, won a seat on Alaska’s GOP Electoral College...

“Ruedrich and others in charge of the Alaska Republican Party understood what the ramifications might be if Millette won the chairmanship.

“Ruedrich confirmed Saturday that the state GOP transferred all, or nearly all, of its roughly $100,000 to the local Capital City Republicans in Juneau. The party did that because legislators were “concerned,” said Ruedrich, before ending the interview to tend to party business...

“At the party dominated by Ron Paul supporters following the vote Saturday night, Millette was asked what he planned on doing about the funds that had been transferred to Juneau. “We’ll deal with that later,” he said.”

Reader Comment by poll worker and republican volunteer C. Diane Yoder:

“I worked at two different polls this past Tuesday in support of a conservative Republican candidate for US Senate. I was at one poll from 8-12 PM, the other from 1PM to 8PM. All day.

“The Paul supporters that were there passing out flyers to voters that featured Ron Paul delegates were instructed not to mention the delegates were pledged to Ron Paul...”

This is similar to what happened in Louisiana, which was carefully documented by the media. (See Louisiana section.)

“Elected State Convention Delegates gathered at the Anchorage Hilton Hotel from April 26-28 for the 2012 Republican State Convention... I didn’t get to join in on the GOP activities until late Friday afternoon. Why? I had to work my day job. Besides, I wasn’t a delegate this time around! I and a couple other workerbee ladies decided that we were going to sit this one out and hang at the Alaska Federation of Republican Woman’s booth to be in a position to see and hear about all the day’s events from lots of different sources...

“I arrived around 4pm Friday at the Hilton Anchorage where this event was taking place. I was staying at the Ramada a block or two down 3rd. On my walk from the Ramada to the Hilton I passed a few Ron Paul people aggressively waving signs in your face as you walk by...

“I make my way into the hotel and I found the Federation’s table situated directly across from main convention hall. Oh, goody, I thought to myself, NO, I actually said it out loud! “Oh, goody, we are not going to miss a thing!” And, ‘a thing’, we did not miss! There was a movement afoot in Alaska’s GOP. I personally call it a cult based on the conversations and discussions that I’ve had with what most of us call “The Ron Paul People”. These folks are in my opinion, the same one’s who have a tendency to be sycophants, useful idiots, blind followers! These are whackadoodles organizing to support another whackadoodle! And, when I say organize, I mean nationally sending out emails with instructions on how to interrupt and take over the convention to essentially give Ron Paul the delegates...

“I have been told by those who have given their best to the party that they’ve learned through the years that to stop this kind of nefarious behavior one must turn the light on the perpetrator. Secret political maneuverings soon disappear once those responsible are identified and brought to task...

“With that I’m just sitting there minding my own business chatting with the other ladies about our fine jewelry selection when some guy who I had already noticed was just walking up and down the hall carrying a binder with Ron Paul stickers all over it, as thick as 3 layers! This guy shouted out “hey, a star pointing down is a pentagram, it’s of the devil!” So, if any of you know what I’ve been doing at the Alaska State Fair for the last 23 years you’d know that I had to talk to this guy. Even though, I promised I was going to shut my mouth and just observe. This is the first of many times I couldn’t just observe!.. So, I let him try to explain why all his pins with a star are pinned upside down... From there this guy would pass by us dozens of times an hour.

“As the evening progressed the delegates and alternates were gathering for the banquet and guest speakers. Because we were not delegates we were not able to enter any of the meeting rooms. And, because armed guards were stationed at every door! So, we had to wait to hear from others or sometimes the events were televised and shown down the hall in a room made available. The ugly and ignorant of these Ron Paul people was on display in a very big way Friday night. People milling around wearing tags like WIN. So, I asked what does WIN ‘really’ mean? A lady very honestly said that she’s a captain of a group, and that she’s in charge of texting these people to give them a yes/no on the votes and to queue individuals to act. Later that evening….

“The plot thickens, during dinner there were several speakers from districts talking about general political topics. Later our sitting Senator Lisa Murkowski got up and headed to the podium. She was only going to be introducing the keynote speaker. All of the sudden a woman appeared she stood on her chair and was yelling out to the Senator “You’re a little Hitler” I tried to speak to you 9 years ago, you shunned me”. And, of course Senator Murkowski was unmoved and handled it by the accounts I heard with class and dignity. The only thing is that it showed the visitor to Alaska what a bunch of buffoons us Alaskans could be. The Republican Ron Paul ones, of course. But, that’s not what he’ll take back with him to his home state...

“And, finally from the bully file.

“A friend and I stepped into the room where the proceedings were being televised. Remember that guy with the stickers on his binder? Well, he was in there ranting and to no one in general and started to recant his story about former President George Bush being part of the Illuminati. He said he had a letter. My friend and webradio co/host asked from where? he said, Washington DC, ma’am. Then she asked from who? He said, I can’t tell you that. He might be murdered! I said, is he a 911 conspiracy person too?” Out of nowhere this guy who was 6’2 steps right in front of me with his chest popped out and aggressively says, “Hey woman, what’s wrong with someone who believes in the 911 conspiracy theory? I looked up and said “quite a bit, actually. And FYI, I wasn’t talking to you sir, step back, please!!” He retreated and went back to his dark, pathetic corner of the room. I realized I should have called for security, I did feel threatened for a minute!

“Reviewing some the events of the weekend with others it’s clear there is some history to this kind of thing. Where these movements roll over everyone and get into leadership positions and after all the fun and games are over and the real work begins, they are never heard of again! So, as it turned out, the outcome of the divisive and deceptive movement of Ron Paul followers is that the Alaska Republican Party has a new chairman, a Sarah Palin, Ron Paul follower with no real experience running anything, let alone a political party...

“This is currently NOT my Alaska Republican Party.”

“It was supposed to go smoothly for U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski on Friday night when she took the stage to give a speech and introduce guest speaker U.S. Sen. John Barrasso, a Republican from Wyoming, at the Alaska Republican Party Convention...

“That all seemed to change as Murkowski stood before her fellow Republicans at the Hilton in downtown Anchorage on Friday.

“Dozens of Ron Paul supporters -- who would ultimately get their man, Russ Millette, the votes he needed to become the next chair of the Alaska Republican Party -- found common ground with Joe Miller and his supporters. And Murkowski paid the price as they heckled her on stage... the real goal of both factions: to take over the Republican Party, both locally and nationally...

“According to various accounts, it began with one woman yelling from the back of the room.

“And then, in what must have seemed like something straight out of a William Golding novel, the woman yelled, “Republicans rise!” And lots of them -- the new face of Alaska’s GOP -- rose up.

“Things calmed down, for a moment at least, when Barrasso -- the Wyoming senator who had flown all day to get to Alaska and caught the red-eye later that night to return home -- took the stage. But when he told the crowd he was supporting Mitt Romney’s presidential bid, many in the crowd booed and began to chant for Ron Paul.

“Many other Paul supporters said they were surprised by what had transpired. Some who attended the meeting with Paul and Miller supporters before the dinner said they thought the plan was going to be to stand up and face the wall when Murkowski spoke.”

[Ron Paul's Alaska Chair before being jailed] “Francis August Schaeffer Cox convened the "command staff" of his Alaska Peacemakers Militia to set his plan into motion.

“The 27-year-old militia leader from Fairbanks had been arrested almost a year earlier for approaching a law enforcement officer without revealing that he was armed. His contempt for the legal process was obvious from the start. Cox, who holds antigovernment "sovereign citizen" beliefs, told a court officer that "we know where all the [state] troopers live, we have you outmanned and outgunned and could probably have you all dead in one night."

“It was apparently no idle threat...

“Surveillance had already begun. And the weapons needed to carry out the assaults were stockpiled in secret caches. They included eight pineapple grenades, a grenade launcher, .50-caliber and .30-caliber machine guns, dozens of high-powered assault rifles and thousands of rounds of ammunition. The signal for the attacks, Cox said, would come via his Twitter account...

“He... claims to personally know former Gov. Sarah Palin and 2008 GOP Senate nominee Joe Miller...

“Miller, the 2008 Senate nominee, denies more than a passing acquaintance with the young militia leader. But the two are connected through Miller's former bodyguard, William Fulton, who made national news when he handcuffed a journalist at one of Miller's "Town Hall" events. Authorities believe Fulton helped supply weaponry to the Peacemakers...

“He [Schaeffer Cox] also led the Alaska primary presidential campaign for Ron Paul.”

It should be noted that although Paul activists took over the Alaskan republican party that Romney still preserved his Alaskan delegate count:

“Ron Paul supporters are celebrating the delegate apportiontment from Alaska to the Republican National Convention. Alaska has 24 delegates plus 3 superdelegates. Currently 8 are committed to Romney, 8 to Santorum, 6 to Paul, and 2 to Gingrich.

“This is how thedailypaul.com puts it...

“Also, secretary and treasurer are RP supporters.

“The 6 delegates that were assigned to Ron Paul were filled by the top RP supporters that we wanted. Also, we got the 6 alternates.

“The only bonus in the delegate count was that 3 RP people got in as alternates for the Santorum team.

“Kathleen Miller (wife to Joe Miller, but an RP supporter - I can vouch personally for that) was selected as part of the electoral college (Alaska sends 3). I understand that is big.”

According to a Paul tracking spreadsheet on google docs, all Romney's Alaska delegates (plus one of Santorum's) are true Romney supporters:

Persistent, but ever falling short, the Paul people tried to reconvene the convention and take over delegates and the leadership early, of which they failed:

“The Alaska Republican Party failed Saturday to reconvene its convention after a rift between outgoing chairman Randy Ruedrich and supporters of U.S. Rep. Ron Paul resulted in a quorum shortage.

“Ruedrich had been urging the party faithful to stay away from Saturday’s convention amid fears that Paul supporters would try to grab more delegates than Paul earned for the national convention...

“A crowd gathered for the convention at an Anchorage church, but only 192 Republicans were counted, far short of the quorum needed to do business. Ruedrich said 275 Republicans were needed for a quorum...

“Ruedrich left an angry, shouting crowd after announcing results of the April convention leadership election... But the shouting began earlier, as Ruedrich spoke to the waiting crowd and urged Republicans running for state office to walk around and collect campaign funds...

“In an interview later, Ruedrich said the only issue remaining was to announce the election results of the new leadership, and he did that. He said everyone had ample time to get everything done at the April convention, but it was stymied by the purposely slowing tactics of Paul supporters.

“As far as Ruedrich is concerned, Paul supporters in the Alaska Republican Party have adopted a national agenda to grab control.

“ “The Ron Paul state convention agenda is to extend the meetings and encourage opposing delegates to leave the floor so they can control the process,” Ruedrich said.”

“Supporters of GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul tried to commandeer the Alaska Republican Party convention this weekend in Anchorage. They were disruptive, big in numbers — and partially successful...

“But they didn’t win their chief goal of changing the party rules and claiming all 24 state delegates to the national Republican convention for Paul, the favorite of the libertarian wing of the party. Instead, Alaska will send six Paul delegates to Tampa in August...

“At the convention, the pro-Paul convention crowd was so boisterous, U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski — a supporter of presumed GOP nominee Mitt Romney — couldn’t give her planned speech on Friday. A YouTube video shows her guest, U.S. Sen. John Barrasso, a Republican from Wyoming, struggling to make himself heard over boos and shouts of “Ron Paul! Ron Paul!” Murkowski was invited back Saturday and gave her speech then...

“Ruedrich said as far as he knows, never have so many Republican delegates — some 480 — turned out for a state party convention. Every legislative district was represented, which he also believes is a first. The Paul supporters tried to engineer the convention to claim delegates for the national convention but couldn’t out maneuver the old guard led by Ruedrich. An email sent out Thursday by someone who said he was with the Paul camp urged like-minded Republicans to do whatever it took to win.”

“People who were there tell Channel 2 News about half the room's party members stood up in opposition to the senator, and cut her speech short...

“Reudrich called the behavior "extremely disrespectful" and district 28 chairman Bruce Schulte said it was embarrassing for the party.

“ "I was embarrassed, dismayed, a little disgusted. It was wildly inappropriate and I think it did a real disservice to the delegates that were there," said Schulte.

“Some Republicans may have sensed something was stirring. An email, seen on conservative blog The Northern Right, was forwarded to Paul delegates and alternates on Thursday. It gave detailed instructions on how to "maneuver and confuse" and "use any means necessary to divide and conquer our opponents." ”


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