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video: Republican Party Blocks Local Delegates

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

 

A branch of local Republicans are accusing the MassGOP and team Romney of breaking party rules, by preventing seventeen delegates from rightfully attending the National Republican Convention. Massachusetts Liberty Caucus members say that their delegates were discriminated against and that those responsible for this game change did it out of fear and concerns about the party’s image.

Two local delegates, Brad Wyatt and Carol Claros won their nominations to go to the convention from Mass voters, beating out other candidates like Sheriff Lew Evangelidis, Rep. Paul Frost, Rep. Brad Jones, and Charlie Baker.

Thanks to MassGOP’s newly established rules, the delegates are now barred from going to the convention, despite already declaring their vote and allegiance to Mitt Romney.

“It’s a toxic subject to Republicans,” said Wyatt, who was booted from his seat at the convention. “Usually if a group wants control over an election, you see that in third world countries, not here.”

“I feel that I’m being discriminated against. They’re looking for minorities to join the Republican party and women and mothers. I’m all three. Check,” said Carol Claros another local delegate in the same position. “And they tell me I’m not allowed to participate. They talk about wanting to re-elect Scott Brown. I phone banked for Scott Brown. My desire to do that has gone down quite a bit.”

GoLocal attempted to contact mainstream Republicans Ed McGrath, Peter Blute, Brad Jones, Sheriff Evangelidis, and MassGOP for statements. The latter declined to make a statement, while the others were not able to be reached.

Sudden Changes

Delegates at the April 28th caucus were given little notice about the new rules for going to the national convention. According to Wyatt and Claros, two weeks after the caucus election, they received poorly written affidavits requesting them to sign, notarize and return the statement in order to receive their already earned seats.

“Team Romney came out with this, and MassGOP sent it out. They said these are the people we want. You have to be registered,” Wyatt said. “We went against some very heavy hitters. They did auto calls to general Republicans to get votes. We made personal phone calls. We got more liberty supporters there than Romney supporters. There were about 2,000 that showed up to these caucuses.”

Delegates voted to go to the convention already take a pledge in front of the caucus to vote for the party selected candidate, and previously no other action had been requested for them to keep their seats.

For Claros, the challenge of replying to the affidavit was even more difficult. The request was sent to the wrong address.

“Ten days after those caucuses, we received an affidavit to sign to vote. Mine in particular was mailed to the wrong address and was to be notarized and sent certified mail,” she said. “I only had two days, because I got it later than everyone.”

Still, despite taking an oath in front of their caucus, signing the affidavit, sending it on time, and even drafting their own rewrite, stating state laws, these delegates were not recognized.

Why Delegates Got the Boot

For these two of the seventeen delegates who have been unrecognized, they say that they were not selected because they weren’t the usual faces of the Republican party.

“Team Romney wasn’t very pleased that their state reps who would have been there talking to the media, weren’t going to go. They were disturbed that their plan was shaken up,” Wyatt said. “I think they were looking for a way to minimize the damage, and were worried that we would say the wrong thing or do the wrong thing.”

“I think it’s because we’re regular people,” Claros added. “I’m not a sheriff. Brad’s not a state rep. They have the idea that Mass is going to be put out there on the news, and they will be interviewing the delegates. I don’t think they want us being the reps. They want the sheriff and Charlie, and we beat them.”

Ron Paul Rumors

Wyatt said that there were rumors circulating on the internet that liberty-minded voters, Tea Partiers, and Ron Paul supporting delegates would undermine the Republican party, by abstaining from voting at the convention.

“In reality we were elected to go, and we will support the candidate. They bounced 17 of us and refused to recognize ballots,” Wyatt said. “[The rumors are] absolutely false, but this did generate a minor amount of fear. Also because it’s prime time programming they want to choreograph the event and are afraid of anything that might change the message.”

Wyatt said that the state committee “said they had unanimous support that we wouldn’t support Romney,” using that as their reason for barring them from delegation.

Party Support

Claros says that in this fight to keep their positions recognized, she has received minimal support from Republicans.

“I haven’t received any support from Republicans in my state saying this is wrong,” she said. “I’m a first generation citizen from Columbian born family. We were always told because there was no opportunity in Columbia that was why we left, for future generations. My family came here with desire for the future. It’s corrupt.”

Plans to Fight it

The group is currently considering filing an injunction if they cannot settle the issue with MassGOP.

“We’re trying to work with MassGOP to avoid party embarrassment. If they’re not willing, we will go ahead and proceed with injunction,” Claros said. “Hopefully a judge would make that move. I purchased my plane ticket. We’ll still be down there, appealing their decision. I’m working with some of the delegates still listed, as their guest. Either way I’m going down there to get my message across.”

“We are contemplating filing an injunction at the state level including twenty challenges that this is unfair. We’re not just going to roll over. We will play by the rules,” Wyatt added.

Why the Liberty Caucus Needs to be There

Wyatt and Claros believe it’s crucial to have the Mass Liberty Caucus there to represent their voters and their ideas.

“It’s a historical moment when the potential next President is nominated. We’re the home state,” Wyatt said. “We want to make it the party of Reagan, the party of Lincoln – for equal rights. The party that helps out regular people. It’s a rallying cry that’s making our movement even stronger.”

Despite what she calls discrimination and a corrupt situation, Claros says that she isn’t holding any ill will with the Romney camp.

“I don’t hold any ill will there, but it has inspired me to become more active at the local level,” she said. “I’m working to establish a ward committee and looking forward to running for school committee and getting other liberty-minded folks to join. We’re not to take over the party but get involved.” She says the party is hurting itself from turning away "door-knocking, phone-banking grassroots supporters."

Video below from the Massachusetts Liberty Caucus to MassGOP

 

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Comments:

Christopher Pinto

Good video showing the delegates that were disenfranchised by the establishment Romney ( Massachusetts ) GOP

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-cVQfvK2VI4

Stephen Quist

This is a typical example of why the republiCant party is a non-entity in this state.
They continuosly shoot themselves in the foot time and time again with issues like this one.
Imagine winning a delegate seat fair and square and because the person is determined to not be quite "republican enough" or actually has the audacity to support someone other than the 'chosen one' that the powers to be salivate over.......
btw the video is absolutely irrelevant........
The extremist rightwing neo-cons are not only disenfranchising voters all across this country with their 'faux pas voter id laws' but are also disenfranchising members of their own party that disagree with their hiearchy.........

Edward Saucier

What's "not republican enough" mean? Do they have to have a big red "R" tattooed on their forehead? Maybe it means they are not stupid enough to join their crowd of legitimate morons?

Stephen Quist

I don't even think the extremists of the tea party actually knows what is "republiCant enough" certainly not by their actions alienating fellow republiCants that don't subscribe to their neo-con extremist agenda..........but you do raise a valid point Mr. Saucier....I don't think you will get an answer though

Harry Huckum

Don't you just love the civil discoure?

You make some valid points, ALL of which get dismissed when you stop being civil.

When Obama called for civility after Gabby took a 9mm through the temples from an extremist on the left, I guess that you guys thought that it should only apply to others.

SO Keep it classy guys, Keep it classy.

Edward Saucier

Yeah, right Harry. The GOP got real "civil" after Gabby got shot in the head. Why was it a left winger who shot her anyway? Jared Loughner was called a liberal by one student who knew him in 2007, but his philosophies were rightwing extremism. And you're a fine one to talk about other people not being civil after some of the stuff you posted.

Q you don't have to call me Mr. Saucier, my friends call me Boots.

So harry if you want some valid points here they are. Actually they are more for the two disgruntled delegates. Maybe give them and other more insight.

Scott Brown has failed to live up to his promise of being an independent voice for Massachusetts. Instead of being solutions-oriented, Brown has worked diligently to dilute banking reform and sustain massive tax breaks for Big Oil and out-of-state special interests.

Voting in lockstep with Mitch McConnell and the Tea Party caucus, Scott Brown has proven that he is out of touch with the day to day lives of Massachusetts families. He's repeatedly voted against jobs bills that would have brought 33,000 Massachusetts residents off the unemployment rolls, and voted against DISCLOSE, which would bring transparency back to our elections. Instead of being an independent voice, Scott Brown has proven time and time again that he is willing to vote against the interests of average Americans if it helps the chances of his good friend Mitt Romney.

Is that civil enough for you, Harry?

Harvey Beehive

"not republican enough" means the same think as "not democrat enough", like when talking about a democrat who has conservative leanings. do you now understand?

Harry Huckum

Ed,

Like Mr. Quist, I will take someone who wants the job any day over someone who would rather stab themselves in the eye first.

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/01/elizabeth-warren-interview-wall-street-senate-campaign

Meanwhile, Warren had become a progressive icon. Jon Stewart joked about making out with her. For months, she deflected questions about her political aspirations, telling the Wall Street Journal that she'd rather "stab myself in the eye" than return to Washington. She then jumped into a crowded Democratic field in September. But that was the easy part. In order to beat Brown, she'll have to confront the same forces that sent her packing from DC.

I also 100% agree with Senator Brown's vote on the DISCLOSE act. Unless you are going to ban union money from elections, the DISCLOSE act is bad.




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