Guest Blogger – Ray Hagar -Will Ron Paul Supporters Really Break the First Ballot Rule?

April 30, 2012
Inside Nevada Politics
Veteran RGJ reporter Ray Hagar sends dispatches on politics in Nevada. Follow Ray on Twitter @RGJRayHagar.  You can follow Ray’s RGJ columns at:  http://www.rgj.com/section/COL0605

Note:  This is a Guest Blog, written by Reno Gazette Journal columnist Ray Hagar, and is used unedited and with his permission.  It was originally published here:  http://www.rgj.com/section/blogs01?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&U=063a1ff4-7a74-4c66-8976-85b765479560&plckPostId=Blog:063a1ff4-7a74-4c66-8976-85b765479560Post:3c52aeaa-06c1-4212-9ae2-4bf6fb42f1f6&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest

 

I just finished writing an involved Sunday story (http://www.rgj.com/article/20120429/NEWS/304290070/Ron-Paul-backers-prepare-takeover) on the Ron Paul campaign strategy to take over Nevada’s state GOP convention and various state conventions across the nation.

Although the Republican National Committee mandates that many national delegates must vote in accordance with state primary or caucus results, presidential candidate Ron Paul’s supporters appear to want to push the mandate to the limit.

Carl Bunce, chairman of Congressman Paul’s Nevada campaign, suggested that some national delegates who support Paul would have a difficult time voting for front runner Mitt Romney on the first ballot, even if they were instructed to do so based on caucus results.

The Paul campaign is trying its best nationwide to stack the national delegations of various states with Paul supporters, including Nevada.

“They might not be Romney supporters,” Bunce said of the national delegates. “The people who have the heart and minds to make it to the national delegation floor, they have a choice to make. Anything is possible at that point.

Bunce said the campaign will play by the rules but can’t answer for every Ron Paul supporter who is also a national delegate.

“People have a choice,” Bunce said about a first-ballot decision. “It is their vote. When people show up to vote, they vote their conscience, right?

When reminded of the RNC rules that apply to the first ballot vote, Bunce questions the binding rule.

“What is the punishment?” Bunce asked rhetorically, referring to the binding rule for the first ballot. “It (switching votes) is not something that I condone. There are a lot of rules, RNC, state bylaws. But the binding is kind of superficial as well.

“We have always followed the rules and we will always continue to tell people to follow the rules, as far as the convention process,” Bunce said. “But people who get elected as national delegates, they come down to a choice. Whether or not they are going to continue to follow the rules …I believe most will. But again, it is one of those predicaments people find themselves in. If they truly support Congressman Paul and are told they have to vote for Mitt Romney, it becomes a dilemma for them. And it is not just in Nevada, In general, it is across the nation.”

Those words brought out consternation among state GOP officials.

“If somebody decided that they are going to break those rules just to advance whatever political agenda they might have in their mind, to my of thinking, that person isn’t the kind of person we’d really even want to see as a national delegate,” said Jim DeGraffenreid, secretary of the Nevada GOP. “They are going to do a lot more damage to their cause, in the long run, by showing they are willing to cast aside rules for political expediency.

“That’s almost saying there are no rules and it is just a free for all. That doesn’t benefit anybody,” DeGraffenreid said.

Note:  Be sure to also read Ray Hagar’s extensive news story from Sunday’s Reno Gazette Journal about the plans the Paul Campaign has to steal the nomination in Tampa, and how they intend to do it:  (http://www.rgj.com/article/20120429/NEWS/304290070/Ron-Paul-backers-prepare-takeover)

 

Ned Barnett – Nevada Conservative

Ned Barnett has worked in campaigns, and as a speechwriter to candidates and elected officials, since he was the “mascot” to the local Young Republicans in 1964 (Goldwater) – he has managed media and strategy for three state-level Presidential campaigns, and worked hand-in-glove with the legendary Lee Atwater in South Carolina in the Ford Campaign.  In 2009-10, as an active Tea Party supporter, he served as both the Clark County/Las Vegas and Nevada Republican Party Communications Director.  He owns Barnett Marketing Communications in Las Vegas, and provides a full range of PR, marketing, issues-management and fund-raising services for clients in Las Vegas, around the country, and in several other countries.  He can be reached at 702-561-1167 or ned@barnettmarcom.com …


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