Urgent Action Needed… RNC Is Pushing to Eliminate Grassroots Influence …Update: Sarah Palin Weighs In

By Shane Wright and Jim Hoft

Yesterday, Michael Duncan reported at Freedom Works on a brewing fight in the rules committee of the RNC. Essentially, the Rules Committee is trying to disenfranchise grassroots groups by allowing the party nominee to dismiss delegates and silence opposition. Buzz Feed explained this new rule:

The Republican National Convention Rules Committee voted 63-38 to approve a new rule allowing granting the Republican National Committee — and Mitt Romney — sweeping new powers to amend the governing document of the GOP.

The move came at the encouragement of Mitt Romney supporters on the committee, including Romney’s top lawyer Ben Ginsberg, who stressed that it would grant “flexibility” to Romney and the committee to adapt to changing political environments. The rule allows the RNC to amend the party’s rules without a vote by the full Republican National Convention. And it offers the Republican Establishment a new tool to keep at b[a]y Tea Party initiatives that threaten to embarrass or contradict party leadership and stray from a planned message.

The ramifications for grassroots activist and state GOPs are vast. This rule change would allow a candidate to select his or her own delegates, essentially allowing the nominee to get to choose those who nominate him instead of the states. This proposed rule change is starting to sound more like an Obama executive order.

Tom Washington, who is speaking on his own accord but serves as the Assistant Treasurer for the Republican Party of Texas, told us, “If Romney, or any other candidate can select their own delegates the entire convention process will have been hijacked and eliminate the grassroots influence.”

Another source, Cathie Adams, the former chair of the Republican Party of Texas, told us that this could be destined to floor fight. Adams added, “We want the freedom to elect our own delegates. It’s motivated by the grassroots influence.”Adams also said Romney’s attorney may be working to influence members of the rules committee.

The RNC is trying to pass an amendment to RNC Rule 12 that would allow the RNC Committee to amend the rules. In the future, if the grassroots is able to influence the convention process and RNC leadership is displeased, they will have a contingency plan where they can reconvene and with a three-fourths majority rewrite the rules without the influence of any state party, grassroots organization or delegate.

Please Act Now–
Please locate the phone number of your State Republican Party Headquarters below, call them immediately, and tell them to oppose Romney’s new rules that strip grassroots activists of the ability to participate in the Republican platform process:

Alabama (205) 212-5900
Alaska (907) 276-4467
Arizona (602) 957-7770
Arkansas (501) 372-7301
California (916) 448-9496
Colorado (303) 758-3333
Connecticut (860) 422-8211
Delaware (302) 668-1954
District of Columbia (202) 289-8005
Florida (850) 222-7920
Georgia (404) 257-5559
Hawaii (808) 593-8180
Idaho (208) 343-6405
Illinois (312) 201-9000
Indiana (317) 635-7561
Iowa (515) 282-8105
Kansas (785) 234-3456
Kentucky (502) 875-5130
Louisiana (225) 389-4495
Maine (207) 622-6247
Maryland (410) 263-2125
Massachusetts (617)-523-5005
Michigan (517) 487-5413
Minnesota (651) 222-0022
Mississippi (601) 948-5191
Missouri (573) 636-3146
Montana (406) 442-6469
Nebraska (402) 475-2122
New Hampshire (603) 225-9341
North Carolina (919) 828-6423
Oregon (503) 595-8881
South Dakota (605) 224-7347
Vermont (802) 223-3411
Wisconsin (608) 257-4765
Nevada (702) 258-9182
New Jersey (609) 989-7300
North Dakota (701) 255-0030
Pennsylvania (717) 234-4901
Tennessee (615) 269-4260
Virginia (804) 780-0111
Wyoming (307) 234-9166
New Mexico (505) 298-3662
Ohio (614) 228-2481
Rhode Island (401) 732-8282
Texas (512) 477-9821
Washington (425) 460-0570
New York (518) 462-2601
Oklahoma (518) 462-2601
South Carolina (803) 988-8440
Utah (803) 988-8440
West Virginia (304) 768-0493

Shane Wright is a FreedomWorks blogger and marketing strategist for Resist 44. Follow him at ShaneWright22

This was reposted at FreedomWorks.

UPDATE: Michelle Malkin has more on the power grab.

UPDATE: Sarah Palin weighed in on the controversy today.

We have to remember that this election is not just about replacing the party in power. It’s about who and what we replace it with. Grassroots conservatives know this. Without the energy and wisdom of the grassroots, the GOP would not have had the historic 2010 electoral victories. That’s why the controversial rule change being debated at the RNC convention right now is so very disappointing. It’s a direct attack on grassroots activists by the GOP establishment, and it must be rejected. Please follow the link to Michelle Malkin’s article about this.

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  • Robb

    Come on people. Rockefeller is dead. Stop the BS.

  • Sarah

    Can we please have this convention move forward without further controversy? Please.

  • Mad Hatter

    The RINO’s strike again. They’re really showing how they despise the Tea Party.

  • Gelman

    Gateway Pundit is missing the point. The idea is to keep Ron Paul nut-jobs from taking over the convention like they have done at many State level Conventions. They are a loud, tiny minority. What they could not achieve through the ballot box and democracy, namely, to win a single state, they are now trying to disrupt at the convention level with swarms of crazy “activists”. This should not, and will not be tolerated by the majority.

  • Granny

    #4 August 27, 2012 at 5:00 pm
    Gelman commented:

    Gateway Pundit is missing the point. The idea is to keep Ron Paul nut-jobs from taking over the convention like they have done at many State level Conventions. They are a loud, tiny minority. What they could not achieve through the ballot box and democracy, namely, to win a single state, they are now trying to disrupt at the convention level with swarms of crazy “activists”. This should not, and will not be tolerated by the majority.

    Yup, my Facebook has been full of posts for weeks from Ron Paul nuts promising to totally destroy the convention rather than see Romney put up as the candidate. Rumour has it RP isn’t going to turn over his delegates either. When I’ve pointed out that splitting the Republican party with a civil war is handing the election to Obama on a plate they really don’t seem to give a darn.

  • SoLongSong

    #4 & #5: I TOTALLY agree. Ron Paul activists are nearly as bad as libtards in their insane devotion to their leader. Too bad he won’t do the right thing for the country and use his influence for the good of the country.

  • Mad Hatter

    You mean to tell me these Paulbots are going to, or will try to crash the Convention? Please tell me you’re kidding. I thought they moved past the Primaries.

  • Sarah

    #4, 5, 6 – Precisely! Let’s move on. Romney and the GOP are trying their best to keep this convention moving forward smoothly. Let’s not get hysterical and turn this into something it’s not. It’s about keep Paul people contained because they will act out stupidly.

  • Spotted reptile

    Ron Paul lost. Get over it Paulbots. The convention is not about you, neither is the election.

  • Sasja

    Also read over the weekend that the PaulNuts were planning some mischief-making and this was one way to stop it. In this day and age, time and place, who really knows. Since it has been decided to not portray Bammy any way other than in over his head or out of his league, this may not be just about the PaulNuts.

  • Practical Jane

    This is the sound of thrashing from a dying system. In the end the RINOs will lose.

  • Terry Gain

    Jim Hoft approaches this issue with the same skill as he displays when dealing with grammar or spelling.

  • http://biggovernment.com ponderon
  • http://gormlessworm.blogspot.com The Worm

    Good grief…who cares what the official platform is for any political party. Believe it or not, you don’t vote for Republican. You vote for __________(insert individual name here). If they don’t get a majority of the vote, they don’t get elected. It’s called a representative government.

    Rules changes within the party do nothing to stifle the candidacy in a primary or a general election. Sooooooo….who gives a crap? In other words, elect those who represent pure conservative values, and laugh in the face of RINO controllers when they become outnumbered. Let them play with there unimportant rules withing their little sandbox until they have no one left to play with.

    The Worm

  • http://www.alottatalk.com GregInSeattle

    The guy who answered the phone at the R HQ here in Washington said they’re getting a lot of calls against this insanity. He also said our WA delegate will or has voted against it. Let’s keep the heat on the ‘ol boy network!

  • Hank

    As long as RINOs and career RNC operatives are the majority of the 168 members of the RNC, I for one will never EVER give any part of the RNC, house GOP, senate GOP one red cent.


  • Jack

    They need to raise as much hell in the convention as possible to protest this move. Then the Grassroots orgs need to go back home and take over every republican and democrat precint they possibly can in their respective states.

  • http://www.alottatalk.com GregInSeattle

    Yes, the Paulbots are pretty devoted, but I’ve found they play by the rules- like it or not. I think this goes further than just being aimed at the Paulbots… this is meant to shut down the Tea Party influence as well. It won’t fly.

  • Sasja

    If our beloved Republic wasn’t teetering on the brink of extinction, this could have been fun to watch. A little political jab and thrust keeps things interesting. Sadly, we are fighting for our nation’s very soul and the RINO’s need to start thinking about that and not about getting invited to the next cocktail party when they get back to Washington.

  • Dan C

    Wake up all. This is Romney’s doing.