View Full Version : Wall Street Journal - Nevada GOP Cancels Convention, Opts for Conference Call

07-19-2008, 09:05 AM
Brad Haynes reports on the presidential race.

Citing a lack of interest, the Nevada Republican Party has called off its state convention and will instead pick its delegates to the national convention by private conference call.

The state party broke up its original convention in April when supporters of Ron Paul hijacked the proceedings and tried to elect delegates for their candidate to the national GOP convention in September. Party officials tried to reconvene on July 26, but they needed a quorum of 675 and received only 300 RSVPs, according to local reports.

“With so many people concerned about the economy, it simply wouldn’t be fair for us to ask delegates from all over the state to spend money to attend a convention if we know that a quorum won’t be present,” state party Chairwoman Sue Lowden said in a release.

The news provides further evidence of a fractured and unenthusiastic Republican Party in some parts of the country. Last week, the GOP nominee in a North Carolina congressional race suspended his campaign while he confronted fissures in his own party. Polling suggests a significant “enthusiasm gap” on the part of Republican voters this year, which has left the party’s candidate, Sen. John McCain, trailing Democratic rival Sen. Barack Obama in the presidential contest.

Paul’s outsider candidacy, meanwhile, attracted an unexpected seam of support in the party as he stressed strident libertarian themes in his run for the Republican nomination. Although the Texas representative has dropped out of the presidential race, his standard-bearers in Nevada continue to press his cause, hoping to shift the Republican Party toward the libertarian positions he advocated in his campaign.

Source: WSJ (http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2008/07/18/nevada-gop-cancels-convention-opts-for-conference-call/)

07-23-2008, 09:29 PM
That's Cool to Know!

Ron Paul 2008!

or maybe Baldwin, Nader, Mckinny, or Ventura???

Matt Collins
08-14-2008, 02:15 PM
Are they allowed to just arbitrarily choose delegates? What does the law say?

08-14-2008, 02:16 PM
Source: WSJ (http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2008/07/18/nevada-gop-cancels-convention-opts-for-conference-call/)

They make it sound like we pointed a gun at Beer's head. Way to go WSJ!

08-14-2008, 03:03 PM
... when supporters of Ron Paul hijacked the proceedings ...

I was there. So just a quick question, whats the difference between a HIJACK and a MAJORITY which is what we had? Apparently if the majority doesnt reflect your views then its a hijacking. We had 2/3rds of the people at the convention.