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GOP Rules Committee Member: 'Leave Things the Way They Are'

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By    |   Friday, 22 Apr 2016 09:33 PM

No recommendations were made this week to the rules governing the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in July for several reasons, including preventing any delegate from raising a point of order to try to "run out the clock," a member of the party's rule committee says.

"We didn't want to make changes in the middle of the game," Randy Evans, a rules committee member from Georgia, told Sean Hannity Thursday on Fox News. The committee met this week in Hollywood, Fla.

"We're in the seventh inning," Evans said. "Why would you change the rules?"

The Republican Party's process of selecting delegates to the convention at the Quicken Loans Arena have come under fire in recent weeks by front-runner Donald Trump, who argues that it favors establishment candidates.

To win the nomination, a contender must have 1,237 delegates.

Trump so far has 845 delegates, compared to 559 for Ted Cruz and 148 for John Kasich.
Any changes proposed by the rules committee must be approved by a majority of the delegates at the convention.

Evans told Hannity that another reason no recommendations were made this week was due to "cynicism."

"The idea that no matter what we change," the party will come under fire, he said. "If we change a semi-colon to a coma, one of the candidates will think that it was directed towards them."

The rules committee was also concerned about "unintended consequences," Evans said.

He referenced a proposal rejected Thursday that would allow the convention to be governed by Roberts Rules of Order.

Otherwise, the four-day parley is executed according to the parliamentary handbook of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Those rules span 1,500 pages and are considered arcane by some committee members. They also give virtually all authority to House Speaker Paul Ryan, who is expected to preside over the convention.

"If we had gone to Roberts Rules of Order, each of the 2,472 delegates could raise an order," Evans told Hannity. "If somebody wanted to run out the clock so we come out without a nominee, that would be the technique to do it.

"Let's leave things the way they are."

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No recommendations were made this week to the rules governing the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in July for several reasons, including preventing any delegate from raising a point of order to try to "run out the clock," a member of the party's rule committee says.
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