Jim Galloway over at the AJC has an article about a new rule that would allow the presumptive nominee for the Republican presidential ticket to vet any delegates elected from each state and disavow them if they weren’t really behind him or her. My initial reaction channels Madea: ”aww hell naw.” If you’re a Ron Pauler (or even someone supporting a candidate other than the presumptive nominee), then you should be most concerned, because it essentially shuts you out of the process. I’m not sure what sort of narcotic may have been slipped into one of the Romney folks’ drinks, but I believe that this is the EXACT OPPOSITE OF THE IDEALS OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY. This seems to me like a form of the spoils system. I don’t know if the national GOP folks read our blog, but I know a lot of influential folks in the state of Georgia do, and I hope they are making alliances with other states. I am thankful that both Secretary of State Brian Kemp and Georgia Republican Party Legal Counselor Anne Lewis, both members to the rules committee for the national convention, voiced their opposition to this as this would stifle the voice of grassroots Republicans.
I spoke to Brian a few minutes ago concerning this rule change. He said that the process for the rules committee was very open and allow anyone who wanted to propose a rule change to be heard. Even though the controversial rule change was brought up twice in the 10 hour meeting, there was enough support from the majority of the rules committee to keep it in the committee report. He also said that he would sign onto the minority report if the rule in question were the only thing on there, but there were about four or five additional items on there, so he was uncomfortable to sign it without reading through it, but time wasn’t available for him to do that. However, there are enough people that have signed onto the minority report to move it forward.
There is a new rule in the national rules that would benefit Georgia. We had to allocate our delegates proportionally since we moved our Presidential Preference Primary back to early March. Georgia would be allowed to return to a winner-take-all system without being penalized…which would mean that we could be an even bigger player in Republican presidential primaries in 2016 and beyond. There are other rules changes that would increase penalties for states that try to move back their presidential primaries earlier and earlier (a so-called “nuclear option”). I haven’t seen a copy of the rules, but I’ll be sure to post them if I see them.
The rules now goes to the convention tomorrow where we may see a fight on the floor. Brian said there may be an up-or-down vote on the rules as a whole, but he’s still trying to find out what will go down tomorrow. He assured me that he and Anne will both be on the side of grassroots. Who said that conventions couldn’t be fun?
I’ve found a site that looks to have some information concerning the proposed rules and the minority report.
A letter from Georgia delegate Julianne Thompson (also Tweeted out by Michelle Malkin):
AN OPEN LETTER TO THE REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE
By: Julianne Thompson – National Delegate, Georgia
Chairman Reince Preibus, members of the Rules Committee, and the entire voting delegation of the 2012 Republican National Convention:
As a National Delegate to the 2012 RNC, I am extremely disappointed that a rule would be passed through committee that essentially strips the grassroots of all of it’s representative power by ridding State Parties of their ability to choose whom they will send as delegates and alternates to represent their State to the Republican National Convention. The rules change would allow the Presidential nominee sweeping new power to override that process and choose their own National Delegates. The rule also allows the RNC (with a 3/4 vote) the power to amend the party’s rules without a vote by the full Republican National Convention.
The GOP is the political Party of the grassroots. Our national delegates are the boots-on-the-ground that get Republicans elected. We are there for County meetings, State Conventions, National Conventions, and most importantly we spend our time and money canvassing our neighborhoods, going door to door, making phone calls, writing personal endorsement letters, and getting-out-the-vote for Republicans. We are the worker bees, and we are the heart and soul of the Republican Party.
We have always believed that our Party is the one who best represents what it means to be an American…freedom! With your current attempt at this rules change, you are essentially striking the first blow that chips away at that freedom, and you disenfranchise the very people that turned the tide for the GOP in 2010 by returning power in the U.S. House of Representatives to Republicans.
I would like to hope that our nominee is unaware of the skullduggery that occurred with regard to this attempt at shutting out the people that have unified to help him win in November. The audacity of creating a firestorm when there is an opportunity for unity and peace that is needed to win back the Senate and take back the White House is irresponsible and I seriously question the motives of those behind this attempt.
Why the change in rules? That is the million-dollar question, and it is fairly easy to answer. There are still those in place in the GOP and on campaigns that would like to use the delegate and alternate seats as rewards for donating large checks to campaigns and the RNC.
If your desire is to win elections, then I strongly suggest that you engage the grassroots and show respect to those who help put you in power.
During a time that should ring of unity, you have put the GOP at a crossroads. Do you want to win this election and future elections? Now is your opportunity to prove it. Either take it to the floor and let us vote it down, and better yet, pull this insulting attempt to disenfranchise the heart and soul of our Republican Party!
Julianne Thompson, National Delegate for Mitt Romney – Georgia
*** ATTENTION NATIONAL DELEGATES: A minority report was put together, so this change could be brought to the floor and voted-on by the entire delegation. Despite attempts to pressure rules committee members into not signing-on to the report, signatures are still being actively sought, so this report can be brought forward.
PLEASE CONTACT YOUR RULES COMMITTEE REPRESENTATIVES TODAY AND TELL THEM TO OPPOSE THIS CHANGE AND SIGN THE MINORITY REPORT.