The GOP chairman, Charlie Webster, sent out an email to inform people to show up early on the day of the State Convention so that Ron Paul supporters (who don’t need to be told to show up) don’t have as good a chance of “taking over” the state convention. Kinda funny huh?
Ben Swann just posted the entire email on his facebook page. I’m re-posting it here.
To: State Convention Delegates and Alternates
From: Charlie Webster
Several weeks ago I attended a meeting at the Party Headquarters with a representative from the Ron Paul campaign.
At that meeting I was informed that the Ron Paul campaign intends to “take over” the Republican State Convention and Republican State Committee.
It appears that such an effort will be attempted.
It is my opinion that, in my role as Party Chairman, my obligation is to welcome every Republican activist to our Convention, and to guarantee that all voices are heard.
All of us should welcome the supporters of Ron Paul, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, and Mitt Romney.
These activists are critical to the election of our candidates in the 2012 elections.
As attendees of our convention, I write to inform you of this situation and to remind you of the importance of attending the Convention beginning with the election of the Convention Secretary when we convene at 9 a.m. ( We recommend that you arrive at 8:15, at the latest to collect your Delegate/Alternate credentials )
The very first business on Saturday will be the election of the Convention Secretary and Convention Chairman.
This would be the first opportunity for anyone to “take over” the Convention by electing ” their ” Convention Chairman.
The County caucuses will be held at 4 o’clock and this matter of business would be another opportunity to “take over” the State Committee.
I regret the necessity of writing this message, but unfortunately there are those among us who would choose to divide us rather than unite us. Individuals who seem to believe that the overall good of the Party may not be as important as their candidate and their own personal political opinions.
Thanks for reading this message, see you at the Convention. 8:15 a.m. on Saturday
Chairman, Maine Republican Party
What are they so afraid of? If Romney supporters have a hard time waking up that early maybe they shouldn’t be running the show. Maybe Romney could hand out subs or something to get his base engaged.
Here’s the response from the Maine Ron Paul Campaign director:
I regret the necessity of writing this message, but unfortunately the Maine GOP leadership has desperately chosen to use “scorched earth” tactics to suppress your vote.
This morning, Charlie Webster sent out an email to Maine Republicans which contained outright lies about a meeting he had with our campaign.
Perhaps the facts got lost in Charlie’s spam folder.
Charlie Webster says we want to “take over” the Republican Convention.
By “taking over,” he must mean we want to have our voices heard.
If that’s the case, then count me in.
In order to send a conservative delegation to Tampa, we need your help.
If you have not yet become a delegate, there’s still time. This Saturday, any vacant delegate seats can be filled by registered Republicans who show up. That’s right, you may STILL become a delegate for Dr. Paul!
Maine is winnable–with your help. To become a delegate, show up to the Augusta Civic Center no later than 8:00 am to register. Fellow supporters have worked out carpooling and room-sharing options, simply respond to this email with any questions.
If Charlie wants a fight, it’s a fight he will get!
Maine State Director
Ron Paul Presidential Campaign
P.S. Ron Paul’s been fighting for us for 30 years; fight for Ron Paul and become a Delegate, it’s easy! Just show up.
Maine’s state convention will be held May 5th and 6th. Should be exciting.