The sting in Ron Paul-Mitt Romney nomination match: A reaction

The sting in Ron Paul-Mitt Romney nomination match: A reaction

Houston : TX : USA | May 13, 2012 at 6:09 AM PDT
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The sting in Ron Paul-Mitt Romney nomination match: A reaction



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The GOP match between Ron Paul and Mitt Romney for presidential nomination is taking its final make up round with a Paul sting. Paul and his supporters bank much on the “delegate card” which carries the sting of nomination victory over Romney.

The hope with a sting lies on Rule 38 which states that "No delegate or alternate delegate shall be bound by any attempt of any state or Congressional district to impose the unit rule.”

Mason Rockwell Buran explains the truth about Rule 38 and it lies in the hands of a ruling by the Republican National Convention Legal Counsel back in 2008. Such ruling is upheld in Utah’s winner-take-all delegate awarding system, which means that the majority winner of the state attains all 40 delegates.

A precedent in Utah during the 2008 GOP Nomination process, a delegate refused to vote with the state’s primary winner, Mitt Romney. The Republican National Convention Legal Counsel Jennifer Sheehan plainly stated in a letter to Nancy Lord, Utah National Committeewoman, several weeks before the convention, 'The RNC does not recognize a state's binding of national delegates, but considers each delegate a free agent who can vote for whoever they choose.'”

In view of this ruling, Paul and his supporters have been taking advantage of the delegate process since Iowa Primaries and Caucuses. They know that in the winner-take-all states, they have been nominated as delegates to the Republican National Convention but are still hypothetically to vote for Romney. Nevertheless, according to same ruling by the Republican National convention Legal Counsel, “they are not required to vote for Mitt Romney in any circumstance.”

Paul’s supporters have to bear in mind that the Republican Party is a private organization subject to their own ruling. If they respect and take their 2008 ruling as precedent, this gives the Ron Paul Revolution the “sting” to complete one of the biggest feats in GOP history.

The question is: Will the Ron Paul camp be able to assert its right over the ruling before or on convention time? If they cannot, that will constitute their consents to electoral cheating in favor of Romney.

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