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Threaten to withhold votes in seating flap
TAMPA, Fla. — The attorney for Rep. Ron Paul’s Oklahoma delegates to the Republican National Convention on Monday threatened the withholding of votes for presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, Oklahoma’s GOP chairman says.
The Paul attorney told the RNC's Committee on Contests that unless it seated the Paul delegates instead of those elected by the Oklahoma GOP, Paul supporters across the country would withhold their votes from Mr. Romney.
“That this lawyer turned a rules challenge into political blackmail was thuggish and certainly not the way to restore the first principles of this republic, which is the professed aim of the Ron Paul revolution,” Republican National Convention Vice Chairman Solomon Yue told The Washington Times.
The threat, if carried out, would have little effect on the outcome of the presidential election when it comes to the red state of Oklahoma, but could matter significantly in swing states like Colorado and New Hampshire, which have concentrations of so-called “Paulites.”
The Republican Platform Committee also met here on Monday to debate and put the finishing touches on the governing document that will go before the nearly 5,000 convention delegates and alternates when they assemble here next week to nominate Mr. Romney and his running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.
“Historically, the only time you hear much about a platform proposal is when there is disunity in the ranks about its content,” said former Florida GOP chairman Al Cardenas, who has had years of experience with the writing of previous national platforms. Having escaped from communist Cuba some years ago, he became a successful American businessman and political activist and is now chairman of the American Conservative Union.
“As Republicans become more conservative and ideological, the importance of the platform grows,” said Mr. Bopp, who practices constitutional law. “In addition, the tea party has heightened the important of the platform.”
For many years, the party worked behind the scenes to remove what it regarded as controversial items, such as the anti-abortion plank. The plank stuck nonetheless.
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About the Author
Chief political writer Ralph Z. Hallow served on the Chicago Tribune, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Washington Times editorial boards, was Ford Foundation Fellow in Urban Journalism at Northwestern University, resident at Columbia University Editorial-Page Editors Seminar and has filed from Berlin, Bonn, London, Paris, Geneva, Vienna, Amman, Beirut, Cairo, Damascus, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Belgrade, Bucharest, Panama and Guatemala.
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