FreedomWorks Blasts GOP Convention Rules Decision

Monday, 15 Apr 2013 08:06 AM

By David Yonkman

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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.

Grass-roots activists forced a rules change at the RNC’s spring meeting on Friday that allows delegates at the national GOP convention to keep their status even if they switch their preference from the candidate they were selected to support during a primary or caucus.

However, the delegate’s vote would still be cast on the convention floor as it was decided during the primary, leaving the grass-roots 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 rules change allows presidential candidates to make better use of their scarce time by preventing them from being forced to campaign twice in the same state to maintain the support of delegates.

Supporters of Ron Paul vehemently fought against the rule — pushed by the campaign of Mitt Romney at the convention in Tampa last year — because 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” autopsy report released in March about better embracing the grass roots in their restructuring of the party.

“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 Tampa, it’s just more of the same.”

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