Thursday, August 30, 2012

Disgruntled Ron Paul Devotees Plan Protest Press Conference

DENVER POST | Allison Sherry | August 30, 2012

Disgruntled Ron Paul supporters who say they feel like the Republican National Committee is forcing party unity on them plan a press conference just hours before Mitt
Romney’s acceptance speech Thursday.

Bobby Eskenberry, an alternate delegate for Colorado and Ron Paul supporter, says the press conference is meant to be respectful to Romney, but will give voice to people who think the Republican National Committee is being coercive this week in Florida.

Eskenberry says proper voice vote procedures weren’t followed on Tuesday when rules that are designed to limit the ability of insurgent presidential candidates to amass delegates at future Republican conventions were voted on.

The new rules will bind delegates to the outcome of presidential primaries and caucuses, preventing a candidate such as Paul from pushing up their delegate counts at state conventions.

It doesn’t affect Colorado, since the state is non-binding, said Ryan Call, state GOP chairman. This means that delegates can change their mind on who to support for president when they get to the convention.

Eskenberry says he and the other Colorado delegates planning on attending the press conference haven’t had any problems with the Colorado leadership.

“We have been treated fairly with our own state people,” Eskenberry said.

Romney earned more than enough delegate votes to make the ballot for November. Of Colorado’s 36 delegate votes, 28 went for Romney and eight abstained because they supported other candidates.

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