Nevada Republican Executive Committee will Pick Delegates to National Convention

If you have been reading my posts about the Nevada Republican state convention or if you have been following the story in the news you know that the original Republican State Convention was adjourned after the Ron Paul delegates staged a coup. The party elite said that they would schedule a reconvened convention soon. The original convention was April 27. They finally got around to scheduling a part 2 convention for this Saturday July 26. The Reno Gazette Journal ran a story Friday saying the new convention has been canceled and the party central committee will pick state delegates to the national convention. I think this was what the party elite wanted all along after the Ron Paul supporters took over the first convention and it was clear that if the convention elected delegates they would be Ron Paul delegates not John McCain delegates. I'm a John McCain supporter but his back room politics makes me question whether I want to be a loyal Republican in the Fall!

The next chapter of this cliff hanger drama will be when the national Republican party credentials committee meets to decide whether they should seat the delegates picked by the central committee or the delegates picked by the Ron Paul supporters at the alternate part 2 convention they staged on June 28. I wonder if the meeting is open to the public. It would be very entertaining to listen to the arguments.

Update 8/8/08: I emailed the party and asked them whenthe Credentials committee meets and whether it is open to the public. Here is the answer:
Hello and thank you for your interest in the 2008 Republican National Convention.
The Convention Committees that meet the week prior to the convention are not open to the pubic.
Thank you for your questions.

Author: marionvermazen

I am a traveler, hiker, avid reader, Sun alumnus, computer geek, Spanish and French language student, knitter and genealogist. I am retired after working for almost 30 years in the Computer Industry. I live in Reno, Nevada with my husband Duke.

3 thoughts on “Nevada Republican Executive Committee will Pick Delegates to National Convention”

  1. Well, I guess you knew that mentioning RP would get a rise out of me, didn’t you? I was already convinced that professional journalists are some of the laziest people on earth, and the folks over at the Gazette are another clump of evidence. The RP coup angle is just plain wrong. I remember when Chairman Beers announced that the approved list of delegates had not yet been completed. There was an audible moan from the audience. That wasn’t just the RPer’s. In effect, he was asking 1500 representatives, from all around the state, to approve what some committee might do in the future. I think if the selection committee had done their jobs, this whole thing could have been avoided. I don’t know how involved McCain’s people were, or are in this, but I do know that the north/south rivalry is alive and well, and living in Nevada. Beers may have well have said, “The Las Vegas country club set will be having their own private wine and cheese party while the rest of you stand outside in the rain.” Remember Tip O’Neil’s adage; “All politics is local”. The more republican activists I meet, the more I see his wisdom. I’ll vote for McCain no matter what happens.
    BTW, Duke’s dad was hitchhiking, no? The suitcase looks circa 1935. Cardboard wasn’t invented until WW II. Am I right? Great suitcase. I hope you guys are keeping it.


  2. I can agree with you that many of the people who voted to change the rules at the original convention just didn’t like the idea of the party elite machine picking the delegates to the national convention, but isn’t it true that the architects and drivers of the rule change fight were Ron Paul supporters who wanted to elect delegates that support Ron Paul? I suspect that you are also right that the McCain people could have avoided all of this if they were better organized in Nevada before the state convention.
    The motivation behind the fight is probably to a large part what you call the “Las Vegas country club set” wanting to go to the national convention and really being upset that the rabble (us)tried to take over and ruin their chance to go to the party.
    You are absolutely right about the suitcase. Duke’s Dad used it to hitchhike between home and college inthe early 1940’s. It is metal and it got a new dent on the way home with us on the plane.


  3. Didn’t mean to fly off the handle there. My only real gripe is with the RGJ and their use of the word “coup”. Since when is a motion from the floor a coup attempt? The motion could have been voted down, and if the selection committee had done their job, it likely would have been. As the reconvene showed, the RP supporters were not a majority. But, I’ll concede the point that it was the RPer’s that started the whole thing.
    Did you see that the Terhune/Webber alliance took the party to court on Friday. The Republican judge dismissed it, and rightly so. If the Paul people would calm down a little bit, they’d get a lot more sympathy. I only hope that the cooler heads among them stay with the party. Judging by their websites, quite a few of the RPer’s are defecting to Bob Barr and the Libertarians. Ever heard of a libertarian ex-CIA agent before? Or, was it the FBI? In either case, unbelievable.


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