By Randy Rose
First by trickery then by brutal force, the Progressive members of the LA GOP tried to stifle the Ron Paul Delegates trying to keep them from taking a majority to Tampa. “The Ron Paul campaign condemns the unfortunate activities that took place at the Louisiana Republican State Convention in Shreveport.” “LAGOP officials ignored the vast majority of duly elected delegates and attempted to use illegally adopted rules to deny Ron Paul supporters an opportunity to attend the Republican National Convention in Tampa.”
Louisiana has 46 delegates. Five were pledged to Mitt Romney based on the March 23rd primary results, and Rick Santorum received 10, meaning most delegates were contestable at the state convention. “Delegates to the state convention were chosen at caucus meetings on April 28th. Ron Paul slates won four of six congressional district contests. Of the approximately 180 delegates attending the state convention, 113 voted to remove the LAGOP chairman when he failed to respond to requests for information and other motions from delegates. Nearly two-thirds of the delegates began physically moving their chairs, literally turning their back on the GOP chair appointed by the party hierarchy.”
These statements from the Ron Paul Campaign continue. “In another instance, State Central Committeeman and Ron Paul supporter Henry Herford Jr. of Franklin Parrish was attacked by some security officials who didn’t realize that the body had voted out the previous chairman. Mr. Herford has a prosthetic hip, and according to a doctor at the scene, it appears as though the prosthetic was dislocated and may require replacement. The injury occurred as he was beginning to call to order the newly re-formed convention. In yet another instance, Ron Paul supporter Alex Helwig, Chairman of the Rules Committee who made the motion to remove the chair, was arrested by Shreveport police and released. During his brief detainment, some of his fingers were broken and when he returned to the event he was walking with aid of a cane.”
This is what Ron Paul was talking about when he said he was not spending money on campaigning when it is better spent on gaining delegates to the Tampa Convention in hopes of a second vote to nominate Ron Paul.