In a post entitled, MA Delegates for Ron Paul Under Attack, from May 22, 2012, I posted that Ed McGrath, Massachusetts State GOP Allocation Committee Chairman, sent out a letter to MA delegates which stated that all delegates and alternate delegates of the state must sign an affadavit stating that they would vote for Mitt Romney in Tampa at the Republican National Convention in August. Failing to do so would result in the delegate being charged with perjury.
That affadavit stated…
I ________ residing at _______ in ________ MA, was elected at the ________ Congressional District Caucus held in _______ MA on April 28, 2012 as a National Delegate / Alternate Delegate to the 2012 Republican National Convention. In accordance with Sections 70b and 70i, Chapter 53 of the General Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Republican Party Plan for the selection of delegates to the Tampa Florida 2012 National Convention and Rule 15 of the Rules of the Republican Party, I certify under the pain and penalty of perjury, that on the first ballot at the 2012 Republican National Convention, I will affirmatively Vote for Mitt Romney, the winner of the 2012 Massachusetts Presidential Primary.
But in a post entitled, “Massachusetts GOP upholds election of Ron Paul delegates in Mitt Romney’s congressional district” which I posted on June 8, 2012, the Boston Globe reported…
The Ron Paul supporters from Mitt Romney’s congressional district whose delegate selections were jeopardized by a ballot challenge are going to the Republican National Convention after all.
The Massachusetts Republican Party’s Allocation Committee has upheld the election of six Paul loyalists who defeated Romney backers at a Fifth Congressional District caucus in April.
Well all that has changed. Just this week The Boston Globe published a story stating that 17 of the state’s delegates (for Ron Paul) were disqualified for failing to sign and return the affidavit.
“…earlier this month, Kenney was one of 17 delegates and alternates disqualified by a Republican committee deciding who gets to represent Massachusetts Republicans at the national convention in Tampa. Kenney and others had failed to deliver in time an affidavit swearing, under the penalty of perjury, that they would support Mitt Romney’s nomination for president.
“An affidavit is never mentioned in the Republican Party’s rules for selecting delegates and has never been required of delegates in the past, GOP critics say. Suspicions are steep this year because Kenney and the others are supporters of Ron Paul, the libertarian candidate whose quixotic campaign for president culminated in an effort to take over state caucuses nationwide. The delegates must vote for Romney, based on his strong primary win in Massachusetts, but Paul’s supporters hope to use the convention to draw attention to his agenda, including auditing the Federal Reserve and requiring wars to be declared by Congress.
“In Massachusetts, Paul’s Liberty Slate swept the Republican caucuses in April, stealing delegate spots that were expected to go to Romney’s friends and allies, whom he had selected. Massachusetts, a state dominated by Democrats and typically marginalized at national Republican events, could have an unusual share of the limelight at this year’s convention, since its former governor is the party’s expected presidential nominee.
“Some libertarian-leaning delegates balked at the notion of signing legal affidavits pledging what they had committed verbally at the caucuses where they were elected. Many later submitted them, but not until after the deadline.”
Many are now aware of the ongoing lawsuit files against the National Republican Committee and a whole host of state GOP Committees. They are seeking the 9th district court’s opinion on the right of delegates to vote their conscience at the National Convention. If the court finds that delegates do, indeed have the right to vote the way they want on the first round, it seems to me that these delegates that have been cheated out of their elected positions in MA may very well have a spot at the convention after all.