FreedomWorks plans to deliver a scathing letter to Republican National Committee headquarters on Monday over rules adopted last week at a meeting in Hollywood, Calif.
Grassroots activists forced a rules change at the RNC’s spring meeting Friday that allows delegates at the national GOP convention to remain delegates even if they switch their vote preference from the candidate they were selected to support during a primary or caucus.
However, the delegate’s vote still would be cast on the convention floor as it was decided during the primary, leaving the grassroots conservative group unhappy that the rule shift didn’t go far enough.
“The language may protect delegates from being stripped of their titles for switching support to another candidate, but it still restricts them from changing their vote at the convention,” says an advance copy of the letter provided to Newsmax. “If you have to make up your mind and cast your vote of support before you even step on the convention floor, then why have a convention at all?”
RNC Chairman Reince Priebus contends the change allows presidential candidates to make better use of their scarce time, freeing them from campaigning twice in the same state to maintain delegates.
Supporters of Ron Paul vehemently fought the rule — pushed at last year’s convention by the Romney campaign — arguing it prevents candidates with late momentum from competing for delegates at the convention.
FreedomWorks criticized the RNC for paying lip service to the party’s “Growth and Opportunity” report released in March, which called for better outreach to grassroots activists as part of the party's restructuring efforts.
“The real disappointment from our activists is from the lack of authenticity coming out of the RNC right now,” FreedomWorks Communications Director Jackie Bodnar told Newsmax. “If you’re looking at what came out of (the convention in) Tampa, it’s just more of the same.”
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