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LAKE JACKSON, Texas – The
Ron Paul 2012 Presidential campaign condemned today the efforts of the
Alaska Republican Party and its chairman Randy Reudrich to
disenfranchise Paul and other non-Romney delegates to the party’s
upcoming state convention. In doing so, the Paul campaign also
announced that it will utilize all legal tools at its disposal to prevent or reverse the state party’s illegal efforts to omit non-Romney delegates to the convention.
The state party-initiated conflict in this regard is especially
worrisome and politically sensitive as the Paul campaign believes it won
a significant portion of delegates at the Alaska State House district
conventions already held. The Paul camp anticipates that its delegate
tally at the upcoming state convention will increase as supporters of
former candidate Rick Santorum – including fellow prolife supporters –
defect to the Paul camp or become non-Romney delegates to the Republican
National Convention to be held late August in Tampa, Florida. In light
of this, the issue has national party and political implications
because it affects the conversation that will occur in Tampa over
whether constitutionally-limited government and an authentic commitment
to the sanctity of life will prevail over the status quo.
The Alaska Republican Party state convention is set to be held from April 26th-28th,
and all previous communications to would-be delegates have stated that a
delegate fee of $250 would be accepted up until the convention
registration deadline, which is 2:00 p.m. Alaska Time on April 26th. However, on Monday the 16th state party chairman Randy Reudrich called a state committee meeting at
which he stated that delegate fees would be accepted no later than 48
hours from the time of the meeting, which would be Wednesday, April 18th. However, on Tuesday the state party said that delegate fees had to be paid by 6:00 p.m that evening. As individual delegates and campaigns scrambled to pay delegate fees,
the state party erected bizarre and allegedly extra-legal obstacles in
front of Paul, prolife, and other non-Romney delegates, and
communications between self-identifying non-Romney delegates and state
party personnel degraded.
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