Is Ron Paul Covering for Preibus’ Rule 11 Violation?
A little tidbit released Sunday May 13th, 2012 from the Ron Paul Campaign gives us the answer to this question.
“In April, the RNC asked our campaign for our blessing to begin assembling the Victory organization Republicans will require to guarantee a win in the fall…
The RNC offered to set up a joint fundraising committee with the Paul campaign and were very clear that if Dr. Paul became the nominee, the Victory Operation would be behind him 100 percent. They also were clear that they would hold off if our campaign objected. I gave my full consent for the RNC to move forward… ”
By saying that the RNC had included him in their plans for the Victory Operation, Ron Paul’s National Campaign Chairman Jesse Benton suggests that there was no violation of the RNC’s Rule 11:
RULE NO. 11
(a) The Republican National Committee shall not, without the prior written and filed approval of all members of the Republican National Committee from 14 of 41 the state involved, contribute money or in-kind aid to any candidate for any public or party office except the nominee of the Republican Party or a candidate who is unopposed in the Republican primary after the filing deadline for that office.
In those states where state law establishes a nonpartisan primary in which Republican candidates could participate, but in which the general election may not include a Republican candidate, the candidate endorsed by a convention held under the authority of the state Republican Party shall be recognized by the Republican National Committee as the Republican nominee.
(b) No state Republican Party rule or state law shall be observed that allows persons who have participated or are participating in the selection of any nominee of a party other than the Republican Party, including, but not limited to, through the use of a multiparty primary or similar type ballot, to participate in the selection of a nominee of the Republican Party for that general election. No person nominated in violation of this rule shall be recognized by the Republican National Committee as the nominee of the Republican Party from that state .
However, we have ample evidence that RNC Chairman Preibus did endorse Mitt Romney prior to Newt Gingrich suspending his campaign.
On Wednesday, April 25, 2012, Priebus told the following to Newsmax in an exclusive interview:
“I think that Republicans, conservatives, tea party, everything in between, we’re ready to go, and Mitt Romney is the presumptive nominee of our party. And we’re excited about it,” Priebus said. “I think Mitt Romney is the perfect antidote to President Obama, who quite frankly hasn’t fulfilled any of the promises that he made to the American people, hasn’t performed well in regard to the promises he made, in regard to jobs and the debt and the deficit .”
The Daily Caller quoted Priebus as saying that “It is a complete merger,” he said. “The RNC putting all of its resources behind Mitt Romney to be the next president of the United States. ”
An article published by the AP on April 25, 2012 added to the RNC endorsement:
“RNC Chairman Reince Priebus marked the transition Wednesday by proclaiming Romney the party’s “presumptive nominee.” Romney’s campaign also appointed several senior staff members to work on an informal takeover of the committee’s national infrastructure.
‘We will ensure that our finance, political and communications teams are fully synchronized,” Priebus said. “I am excited that these two top-notch operations will start to integrate and present a unified team to defeat Barack Obama.’ ”
Remember, “suspending” a campaign is not the same as “ending” a campaign. Dr. Gingrich’s name is still on all remaining primary ballots and he can legitimately collect votes and delegates.
Additionally, Mitt Romney has 811 hard delegates. To secure the nomination, a candidate must accumulate 1144 hard delegates. Therefore, we have no nominee .
The only thing this statement from Ron Paul’s campaign has done is confirm that he is in bed with the RNC biggies – and that should scare the socks off of every Ron Paul supporter.