Ron Paul‘s campaign is challenging Louisiana’s slate of 46 delegates that were selected to attend the Republican National Convention next month in Tampa, Florida, because they believe the final list of delegates were chosen against the rules.
CNN reports that the list of delegates was released on Friday, and Paul’s campaign chairman Jesse Benton stated of the decision that:
“We believe that they grossly and blatantly and repeatedly violated their party rules and elected a delegation that was improper. We believe that our rump convention is the legitimate delegation and they have a right to be seated at the Republican National Convention.”
The state party, who is aware of the discontented Ron Paul campaign, stated that they followed the rules, but the Paul campaign demanded a majority of the delegates that were allotted to the state, even though their people were not selected to those spots during the convention. Policymic notes that Jason Doré, executive director of the Republican Party of Louisiana stated:
“Unless we gave them a majority, they were going to challenge our whole convention regardless. The whole thing is kind of bizarre.”
While the Louisiana convention was prepared to give 17 delegates to the Paul campaign, Paul’s supporters refused to participate, and instead held their separate vote. Despite this, Benton states that some of the Texas congressman’s supporters were kept from being able to vote. Benton stated:
“The Louisiana GOP insiders, realizing they were in the minority, grossly and repeatedly violated their own party rules to try to railroad through their preferred delegation.”
Do you think that Ron Paul’s challenge of the Louisiana RNC delegates is founded?