UPDATED: Maine’s Ron Paul Delegates Reject Webster’s Compromise, Setting Up Messy GOP Convention
On August 10, 2012 At 10:00 am
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“I say: SEAT MAINE’S DELEGATION … Enough is enough … Republicans are supposed to stand against wrong and stand up for right … The idea of standing up for right is what gave birth to this Party.
Seat our delegation … Do what is right and then let’s focus on the target … Restoring our economy to prosperity, returning to the Constitutional principles that founded this nation and served her well until the 1930s and regaining the moral authority that made the Republican Party something I was proud to be a part of.
We have a choice. We can either be the Party of principle, or we can be the Party of pettiness.
I am watching and so are many others … Seat our delegation and save this once Grand Ole Party”
A few weeks ago, the Maine Ron Paul delegates sent a notice of contest to the RNC (see pdf below). The RNC, via Maine GOP Chairman Charlie Webster, responded to those delegates over the weekend with the following compromise offer:
1. A majority of the delegates sign a statement agreeing that, if Ron Paul is not on the ballot, they will vote at the Convention for Mitt Romney.
2. Instead of Brent Tweed, Charlie Webster or Paul LePage would serve as the spokesperson for the delegation and announce the votes cast for president. That spokesperson would also handle all media on behalf of the Maine delegation.
3. There will be nothing negative said about Mitt Romney or positive said about Obama (especially to media).
4. The Delegation will be admitted to the Convention, and to all committee assignments, without barrier.
5. The Contest brought by Jan Staples and Peter Cianchette will be withdrawn.
Now comes word that those same delegates have said “no deal” to Webster:
Supporters of presidential candidate Ron Paul rejected a compromise from the chairman of Maine’s Republican party, raising the stakes in a political showdown that could result in the state losing its coveted delegate seats during the upcoming Republican National Convention.
In May, Ron Paul supporters showed up in large numbers to the Maine GOP and elected 20 Paul backers to the state’s 24 delegate seats. But Mitt Romney and some members of the state GOP are challenging the results, and say in-fighting could result in Maine delegates not being seated at the Republican National Convention later this month.
Later this week, a committee of Republican leaders from around the country will meet in Washington, D.C., to begin considering what role, if any, Maine’s 24-member delegation will play at the GOP national convention where Mitt Romney is expected to be formally nominated.
Update: One of the delegates, Pete “The Carpenter” Harring, has this classic rant on the situation: