The State Republican Convention in Louisiana on June 2nd was anything but ordinary. Even in the days before the convention rumors were spreading that the Louisiana GOP would be willing to take extrodinary precautions against avictory. A series of incidents then proceded:
During the convention the Ron Paul supporters consituted nearly 2/3rds of the attending delegates. They voted in Alex Helwig as the Rules Committee Chairman following Robert's Rules Of Order, and Alex Helwig immediately attempted to remove the new and some say illegal convention rules. After Roger Villere attempted to block the removal of the new guidelines, a vote was held to replace him with Henry Herford Jr. which also passed.
Roger Villere refused to vacate his seat, telling the off duty police providing security that Herford was a trespasser - despite Herford being a selected delegate as well as the new Convention Chairman. The police who were hired by Villere followed his orders, arresting Herford with force and breaking his hip in the process. The entire crowd began a chant "The Chairman Was Removed" but to no avail, the police were listening to nobody but thier employer - the previous Convention Chairman Roger Villere.
Roger Villere then told the police that Alex Helwig, current Rules Committee Chairman, was being disruptive and he was also arrested. During his arrest his fingers were broken and his leg was injured. Hours later when he returned he looked as if he had been attacked and had to use a crutch to walk.
The convention then elected an acting Convention Chair, another Ron Paul supporter, but Roger Villere refused to hand the microphone to her. Villere's supporters were guarding the PA system. Most of the delegates then continued the convention on one side of the room while Roger Villere attempted a rump convention in the corner. Both conventions elected delegates to go to Tampa, with the Ron Paul side getting double the votes of the Villere side. Both submitted slates to the RNC, although the Villere side could not come up with enough delegates to send a full slate.
It is unclear if any criminal investigation has begun into the incidents at the convention. Matters of police abuse and corruption in Louisiana are notoriously difficult to prosecute. The practice of hiring off duty police officers has been criticised as a strategy to avoid accountability. The RNC is now stuck with a tough choice between the duly elected delegates of a political maverick vs the half slate of delegates of a chairless convention which did not follow Republican guidelines. It is also unclear who is the head of the Louisiana GOP at the moment. There is no comment on the incident on the official website.
LA Secretary of State Election Fraud / Intimidation Pamphlet: