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Romney Camp Removing Rules Committee Members

I just got off the phone with a concerned Florida activist, Laura Noble, who informed me that both of Florida's Rules Committee members, Peter Feaman and Kathleen King, have been removed from the Rules committee and replaced with Romney-appointed delegates. 

Clearly anticipating a grassroots backlash against the "compromise" on Rule 15 and the changes on Rule 12 has caused the Romney camp to preemptively replace delegates to ensure they have support on the Rules Committee.

It's enough to make your blood boil. Please call your state's Rules Committee delegates here and ask that they oppose the "compromise" on Rule 15, oppose the changes to Rule 12, and support the full Minority Reports on the Rules.

UPDATE: Delegations we should be focusing on include the following states: North Carolina, Oregon, Indiana, Ohio, Nebraska, Kansas, Arkansas, Tennessee, and West Virginia.

Follow our coverage of the fallout between the Romney camp and grassroots activists at these links:

http://www.freedomworks.org/blog/jimhoft/gop-rules-change-update-victory-or-farce

http://www.freedomworks.org/blog/mduncan/stop-the-establishments-shell-game-at-the-rnc

http://www.freedomworks.org/blog/jimhoft/urgent-action-needed-rnc-is-pushing-to-eliminate-g

http://www.freedomworks.org/blog/mduncan/stop-the-establishment-from-rewriting-the-rnc-rule 

48 comments
John Jingleheimerschmidt
08/29/2012

I'm going to vote for Obama. I am sick of what was once a great party under Reagan, now nothing more than a group of pigs and whores, who still refuse to listen to the true conservatives in the party. This country needs to be financially and morally obliterated before our voices are finally heard. Sad to say it, but it's the truth. God save America!

Raulie Casteel
08/29/2012

As I've written in another thread, if these amendment are actually legitimate (eg., in writing), one salient point remains fixed, and that is each delegate can still vote his or her conscience in November! It is interesting that no one candidate, or state or national committee, can assure an ultimate victory until our final vote has been cast November. Then why do we need a national committee, or better yet state appointed delegates?

Going forward, I still think "tea partiers" are better off working within the Republican Party because we are the party of Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan!

Robert Hantson
08/28/2012

I can't believe that this one issue just Trumped getting Obama out of office. Maybe the critics are right - the Tea Party really is more concerned about their own personal issues than the Country as a Whole. So you all are upset that the RNC is making changes to how they do things... Well, guess what? Since when was the RNC the Tea Party? It's THEIR RULES... Not YOURS... Not "We The People"... Its the RNC's...

Maybe if the Tea Party got behind a single candidate (like the Republicans), the Tea Party would have more of a say in the national political scene... but with roughly 30 different "Tea Party" candidates running on tickets all over the country for President... and the Ron Paul bots out there thinking that Ron Paul is the second coming of Christ... the Tea Party makes Occupy Wall Street look like a well oiled machine.

I hate to say it, but the "Grassroots" efforts out there are so mangled with so many different ideas... so many different ways of doing things... and filled with so many "It's OUR WAY or the highway"... You can't BLAME the RNC for saying - we can't do this! We need to limit their ability to effect things.

Until the day you guys get on the same page with each other, and come up with organized ideas and platforms - the Tea Party (and every other "grassroots" group out there) are going to be looked at just a rag tag group of people who have no clue what the other group next to them is shouting for.

West Coast Patriot
08/29/2012

Go back to your establishment GOP. Real Tea Party voters will continue to fight for smaller government (where the elite do not call all the shots) and fiscal responsibility (Romney's plan will add to the 16 Trillion Dollar debt). This move has taken the rights of the people to vote their conscience and tells everyone that the elite know best. This power grab is akin to Obama style power grabs and if you cannot see that, then you are not a Tea Party voter, but an establishment troll. We need to send a clear message to the establishment that "We the People" are their bosses and not the other way around. If we let this slide, we will see the entire destruction of our once free nation, believe me. I will not stand for this, who is with me? If the Freedom Works Tea Party can get behind Gary Johnson for one term, we would see the Paul supporters follow us and we could finally, get someone other than a Republican or Democrat in the White House and I believe our country could have a chance to heal. Go to GaryJohnson2012.com and read about him. He was a successful two term governor where Romney was a failed one term governor.

08/28/2012

Please, people. Take a breath. Okay, what has been done is unconscionable, and I, too am LIVID and am going to become an Independent. But we NEED TO VOTE for Romney in November, and then IMMEDIATELY begin the 3rd party movement of CONSERVATIVES. But right NOW, our country cannot take 4 more years of Obama... PLEASE do not let THAT greater EVIL become a reality. In another time, it might have made sense to "punish" the GOP in this manner, but THIS election is the last one the country we know and love will have if the DEMS keep control. We can begin organizing a 3rd party now, but NEED to vote for Romney and then PRESSURE HIM for the next four years to act conservative. We have no chance with Obama.

Stephen Bozich
08/28/2012

You sound like a crackhead: I'll get sober, just after one more hit.

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08/28/2012

Why would Mitt Romney’s advisors seek to weaken the “grass-roots” of the GOP for increasing more Presidential political strength? Mitt Romney must take control and tell his “team” to get out of the way and allow all “Conservatives” to participate as part of the entire GOP structure. There is nothing offensive about the current GOP Rules.

Otherwise, Mitt Romney’s advisors may flex their muscle by removing members from the 2012 Rules Committee; however, that flexing may cause millions of, otherwise, Republican voters to sit at home on November 6, 2012 costing Mitt Romney and Americans defeat.

The GOP National Convention and the November 6 election are just around the bend. What and how will Mitt Romney do and/or act? Is Mitt Romney fumbling his own 2012 Presidential election?

Oscar Y. Harward

08/28/2012

Vote Libertarian and let these morons know they are redundant

anthony derosa
08/28/2012

if the changes go tru i"m done with the reb.wus party.

Keith Perren
08/28/2012

If this happens, it will be time for a third party. I believe it would have the momentum given the lack of trust mustered by the criminals.

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Paul Barcomb
08/28/2012

I called and sent e-mail to both of my delegates requesting that all changes to rules be voted down at this convention.

The GOP is being driven by fear. This is a sad commentary when America needs leadership so badly, all the Republican Party can mount is an internal smack down for its own body. It seems the GOP now regards conservative values as a "cancer" that must be removed from the party.

I wonder how that's going to work out?

Mary Finley McKinney
08/28/2012

Heads-up to all conservative Christians: at present, the perceived "cancer" to the GOP is the Tea Party (comprised of conservatives and libertarians.) Eventually the "cancer" will be perceived to be mainly the
conservative Christians, as we comprise a larger bloc and will be more vocal about religious liberty, moral values, etc. We will be the enemy. This is how persecution will come. Know to Whom you belong.

Edward Elmer
08/28/2012

Let's get past this fight, unify to defeat Obama, and then establish the Tea Party as the 3rd national party!

CATALINA HEIRAS-RAMOS
08/28/2012

I am with you Edward... We need to elect Mitt and then begin process to form a third party.

08/28/2012

Those of us who remember what TEA stands for are better served by the Libertarian Party than these crooks.

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Paul Barcomb
08/28/2012

Yes, this is the only option we have left. Clearly the GOP doesn't think the T.E.A. Party can pull it off. Love to prove them wrong!

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Joan Pollock
08/28/2012

Okay, this might be really dumb but is West Virginia on the delegates list? I think the state abbreviation should be WV but I don't see it. Thanks in advance.

Lawrence Mayo
08/28/2012

They need to back off the Rules Change RIGHT NOW. I understand the GOP-elite is upset about the Paultards, but they need to put up with Paultards. Look to the bill of rights to see how to govern. Even offensive speech must be tolerated.... because if they exclude our conservative voices, if they exclude the voices of gun rights people, then they will fracture the party and the GOP-elite will LOSE TO OBAMA.

DO NOT FRACTURE THE PARTY..... and Romney, please do not govern to the left.

Please don't freeze us out or WE ARE DONE with your GOP.

West Coast Patriot
08/29/2012

Re-Post:
I truly believe that Mitt Romney is the Republican form of Barack Obama. With the level of dirty politics that his campaign did to Ron Paul, even committing what I believe to be violations of federal law, he has shown that he is capable of almost anything and cannot be trusted. It has been shown that his campaign was a part of intimidation, threats and coercion in forcing delegates to sign an affidavit under penalty of perjury to vote for Mitt Romney on the first round when it clearly states in federal law that this is illegal: 42 USC 1971 (b) Intimidation, threats, or coercion No person, whether acting under color of law or otherwise, shall intimidate, threaten, coerce, or attempt to intimidate, threaten, or coerce any other person for the purpose of interfering with the right of such other person to vote or to vote as he may choose, or of causing such other person to vote for, or not to vote for, any candidate for the office of President, Vice President, presidential elector, Member of the Senate, or Member of the House of Representatives, Delegates or Commissioners from the Territories or possessions, at any general, special, or primary election held solely or in part for the purpose of selecting or electing any such candidate. What did it gain to strip delegates from Ron Paul and ruining his chance of the plurality of delegates on his final run for President, and then when Ron Paul got affidavits from six states giving him his plurality in order to have his name entered on the ballot, having the rules committee change the rule to eight states at the last minute. Ron Paul deserved the recognition, the grassroots deserved the recognition, but they used a power grab to steal Dr. Paul's thunder, for what? Romney would have gotten the nomination anyway, he had the delegates, but decided to slap the Tea party in the face. I will now pull my vote away from Mitt Romney and I will look to Gary Johnson. Johnson will need support as Romney's campaign is now going after him in an attempt to remove him from the ballot in several key states. Romney does not care about the people, but only cares about power. He has no sense of fair play in my opinion! Google RNC attempts to get Johnson off the ballot and read for yourselves. I am tired of the establishment status quo determining who we have to choose from for any election. I am Mad as Hell and I am Not Going To Take It Anymore!!
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Bob Price
08/28/2012

These kinds of tactics should not be allowed. Delegates are representatives of the states parties and not the presumptive nominee. These strong arm tactics should not be allowed. I encourage people to contact their delegates and ask them to stand strong for our elective processes.

Lynn Harris
08/29/2012

Representatives of the states parties are nothing without the backing of the national party. It is all a game. The 2 party 1 party system is rigged against we the people. When is the last time you really felt represented? Ever? It is set up so that if we do get pissed and start a 3rd party... LOL good luck with that. See what it takes to get a 3rd party on the ballot... it is what it is folks... wake up

lil kremer
08/28/2012

This is a stupid GOP establisment and Romney move at a time when we need to be making our
"tent" bigger! Kicking the GOP conservative base in the guts: foolish. And what of Paul Ryan's political future as he doesn't even seem to be against these moves?

08/28/2012

IF THIS IS TRUE ROMNEY AND RYAN MUST ADDRESS IT. THIS IS NOT THE TIME FOR DIVISION IN THE PARTY. IT COULD BE A PLOY BY THE DEMS PUTTING A TROJAN HORSE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE CONVENTION. EITHER WAY IT MUSN'T BE ALLOWED TO RETAIN THE THOSE ELITIST RULES.

maureen saino
08/28/2012

Thank you. Let cooler heads prevail

Catherine McKenna
08/28/2012

The lesser of 2 evils is still evil--Romney is Obama lite. I am sick of choosing which one will do the least damage to us.
If you wish to understand how they can come to this, understand that the Republicans have been using the "Blackwell Strategy" for years. This strategy has the RNC making all choices for National candidates-- here in Virginia it has wound up with George Allen this year and a host of others --McCain and Dole just to name two. Ever wonder why we never, ever get congressmen and senators that are conservative? The Blackwell Strategy is the reason. The RNC took over choosing senate and congressional candidates back in the 70s. This is the to counter--not the libertarians--but the tea party and to freeze them out. The Dems may not have gotten the message of 2010, but the Republicans did. The tea party got way too many of it's "trouble making" people in last time and they(Romney) want to make sure that the grassroots never again have a say in their own governance. The only hope of defeating this is for the delegates to refuse to vote unless the proposed rules are dropped and struck. A general strike for freedom would be a damn site better than the totalitarian rule of the progressive Romney wing of the party. If these rules pass there will be no place for conservatives in the Republican party and the only choice will have to be a viable third party.

Stephen Bozich
08/28/2012

There is no third party Garey Lancaster. If you're willing to let Obama win, then the only true choice you have is to either not vote, or vote for Obama. Voting for Obama hurts the GOP the most. If all the true conservatives jumped the aisle, maybe then the GOP would listen.

GAREY LANCASTER
08/28/2012

Whatever [conservative] third party that may be, I'm willing to sign up, and I hate to say it, but even at the expense of losing the next election to Obama. "Inside-the- beltway" politics has gone on unchecked far too long. I thought they learned their lesson with the 2010 mid-term elections but it doesn't appear that way.

CATALINA HEIRAS-RAMOS
08/28/2012

What third party?

GAREY LANCASTER
08/28/2012

I'm in NC and after hearing this on Rush Limbaugh's show today, I am willing and ready to join that "third party."

08/28/2012

Which states actions in the rules committee iniated this controversy? What was that state proposing? Before I start criticising I want to know the facts.

Stephen Bozich
08/28/2012

Maureen: how about you stop being a puppet? How about that? How about YOU stop the infighting?

maureen saino
08/28/2012

Agree! What's with all the 3rd party talk? It will only give us 4 more years of Obama. Please, stop the infighting.

Jim Swantko
08/28/2012

I just left a VERY passionate/pissed off message on my representatives v-mail. I cannot believe they are this deaf to what the base demands! It's stunts like this that WILL create a 3rd party.

Brandon Moore
08/28/2012

Working I sent the Email promised I will lead the fight in Florida if need be to gut this party and leave them nothing for 2016.. .if there is even anything left of this nation for 2016

08/28/2012

I am from NC. I called both delegates. One let it go to voicemail and I left a POLITE message. The other delegate answered said nothing then hung up.

Mr. X
08/28/2012

I'm in NC also. I emailed both delegates.

Diane Fonte
08/28/2012

I just e-mailed the message. I'm outraged and will change my party
affiliation to independent, if necessary. The repubs are dems in disguise.

08/30/2012

The Constitution Party is socially conservative, supports limited government and is natural place for fed up Republican social conservatives to migrate. I just can't support the Romney/Ryan after seeing how the State Republican caucuses and the RNC Convention has been run this year. It is never right to change the rules midstream or after the fact to create the illusion of no dissent within the party. This blatant dishonesty has created more dissent while trying to create a facade of unity.

CATALINA HEIRAS-RAMOS
08/28/2012

What about "TEA PARTY CONSERVATIVE POLITICAL PARTY?"

Mr. X
08/28/2012

The GOP will go the way of The Whig Party if this passes. Conservatives will leave. A true 100% Conservative TEA Party will replace them.

Paul McKay
08/28/2012

Progressives are not liberals. There's nothing liberal about them.

Mary Finley McKinney
08/28/2012

Progressives by any other name are still liberals. I changed my affiliation ti independent last year.

Chris Morrissey
08/28/2012

Made my call but had to leave voicemail.. I received a call last week from the Romney fundraising machine and I pledged a chunk of cash to his campaign.. I had written my check this morning and had it ready to go out, then I received this email from FreedomWorks. I have since notified them that they will not be receiving a dime from me if they proceed forward with this B.S.

It is all about power. always has been... Always will be??? I guess that is ultimately up to the people.

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Paul Barcomb
08/28/2012

I donated to Romney one time already, after finally becoming whole again after the Primary. I planned to send more money and intentionally decided to disperse the donations over time. I will not send another dollar if they change the nominating or Primary rules of the party at this convention. They need to gain wider support first. Short of that it becomes obvious that the changes are to guarantee a larger share of power to an ever smaller group of Republicans. Damn that!

Mary Finley McKinney
08/28/2012

FLOOR FIGHT!!!!

Janice (Jan) Campbell
08/28/2012

This is so very wrong!!! Government is to be elected to represent "We the people"-I really think we need to throw the bums out and start all over again... I had such high hopes that Romney-Ryan would listen to the people of our country.

Stephen Bozich
08/28/2012

Throw the bums out? Honey, we have haven't even elected these bums yet!

CATALINA HEIRAS-RAMOS
08/28/2012

me too. I think it's time to form a new political party. Maybe the "Conservative party?" Then we can form coalitions and make them listen to us.