Is the GOP Trying to Steal Ron Paul’s Louisiana Victory?_Featured_, News Flash, Politics Sunday, July 29th, 2012
The campaign of Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) thinks so, as detailed in this account from CNN of the fate of Louisiana’s contested delegation to the Republican National Convention in Tampa in August. It gets complicated, hold on tight:
The Ron Paul 2012 campaign is preparing to challenge the entire slate of Louisiana’s 46 delegates selected to attend the Republican National Convention next month in Tampa, Florida.
Paul’s campaign asserts the final list of delegates released Friday that were selected during the state party’s convention last month were chosen against the rules. At the time, Paul supporters held their own rump convention, or protest vote, in the same room, which composed a majority of those attending.
Paul’s political director Jesse Benton gets tough:
“We believe that they grossly and blatantly and repeatedly violated their party rules and elected a delegation that was improper,” said Paul’s campaign chairman Jesse Benton. “We believe that our rump convention is the legitimate delegation and they have a right to be seated at the Republican National Convention.”
The victory Paul’s campaign says it won in Louisiana was very much a result of intelligently making use of the caucus’s very republican process, not pure democracy: