GOP Convention: Central Mass Delegates Report from Tampa
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
3:58p.m.: Shenanigans right now. The Virginia delegation boarded an RNC-controlled bus to head to the convention from the hotel. The bus circled and circled with long-time national committee member Morton Blackwell on board.
Blackwell has been leading a charge against rules proposed by presumptive nominee Mitt Romney that would strip state parties of their choice over delegates.
Governor John Sununu of New Hampshire held the rules committee meeting, knowing full well that Blackwell's bus was out circling.
Sununu and company pushed a vote through the rules committee.
Blackwell is a long-time national committeeman from Virginia and is highly respected. He is a Romney supporter, but did not support the Romney-proposed rule. Big trick and slight.
The rules committee passed the rules report without allowing him to arrive. Cannot be proven, but RNC controlled his bus and directed it around and around the convention venue three times.
Blackwell is now trying to whip up a sufficient number of signatures to submit a minority report so that the rules change can be debated on the floor.
What an outrageous power grab.
4:25p.m.: Wow, they just lost control. Boos, "Point of order!", absolutely nuts, screaming "You can't count!", delegates being ignored by the chair.
4:40p.m.: Maine's duly elected delegation just left, screaming "RNC is a fraud!"
5:06p.m.: Overheard on the Section 117 stairwell: "They just killed the grassroots."
5:16p.m.: Texas delegation walking around, not looking very happy. They were really upset with the rules.
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