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BREAKING: Maine’s Ron Paul Delegates Reject Webster’s Compromise, Setting Up Messy GOP Convention

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“I say: SEAT MAINE’S DELEGATION … Enough is enough … Republicans are supposed to stand against wrong and stand up for right … The idea of standing up for right is what gave birth to this Party.

Seat our delegation … Do what is right and then let’s focus on the target … Restoring our economy to prosperity, returning to the Constitutional principles that founded this nation and served her well until the 1930s and regaining the moral authority that made the Republican Party something I was proud to be a part of.

We have a choice. We can either be the Party of principle, or we can be the Party of pettiness.

I am watching and so are many others … Seat our delegation and save this once Grand Ole Party”
Ray Richardson

A few weeks ago, the Maine Ron Paul delegates sent a notice of contest to the RNC (see pdf below). The RNC, via Maine GOP Chairman Charlie Webster, responded to those delegates over the weekend with the following compromise offer:

1. A majority of the delegates sign a statement agreeing that, if Ron Paul is not on the ballot, they will vote at the Convention for Mitt Romney.

2. Instead of Brent Tweed, Charlie Webster or Paul LePage would serve as the spokesperson for the delegation and announce the votes cast for president. That spokesperson would also handle all media on behalf of the Maine delegation.

3. There will be nothing negative said about Mitt Romney or positive said about Obama (especially to media).

4. The Delegation will be admitted to the Convention, and to all committee assignments, without barrier.

5. The Contest brought by Jan Staples and Peter Cianchette will be withdrawn.

Now comes word that those same delegates have said “no deal” to Webster:

Supporters of presidential candidate Ron Paul rejected a compromise from the chairman of Maine’s Republican party, raising the stakes in a political showdown that could result in the state losing its coveted delegate seats during the upcoming Republican National Convention.

In May, Ron Paul supporters showed up in large numbers to the Maine GOP and elected 20 Paul backers to the state’s 24 delegate seats. But Mitt Romney and some members of the state GOP are challenging the results, and say in-fighting could result in Maine delegates not being seated at the Republican National Convention later this month.

Later this week, a committee of Republican leaders from around the country will meet in Washington, D.C., to begin considering what role, if any, Maine’s 24-member delegation will play at the GOP national convention where Mitt Romney is expected to be formally nominated.

CD Maine Delegates and Alternates Notice of Contest

The press release from the Ron Paul delegates:

Maine’s Elected Republican National Delegates Say “No Deal” to Their Challengers

Portland, Maine, August 7, 2012 – By unanimous vote of those present, the 40 contested members of the Maine Delegation to the Republican National Convention being held this month in Tampa, Florida, did not accept a deal put forward by Charles Webster, State GOP Chairman.

Brent Tweed, the elected Chairman for the Delegation, notes that the proposal would have required the delegates to sign a binding pledge to cast their votes for Mitt Romney at the Republican National Convention if Ron Paul did not appear on the ballot.

Speaking on the decision, Tweed said, “We were rightfully elected by the Republicans of Maine to represent them as unbound delegates in Tampa. It is unreasonable for the Republican Party at either the national or state level, or for any campaign for President, to attempt to pressure the Maine Delegation to vote any particular way. We will not be intimidated into signing political deals under threat of being unseated. We are accountable to the Maine Republicans who elected us, not the Mitt Romney Campaign.”

Additionally, the proposal would have required elected Delegation Chairman Tweed to relinquish his responsibility as spokesman for the Delegation. According to Tweed, the Delegation Chair is traditionally the individual who announces the votes cast by the State Delegation, but the proposal requires that the responsibility be given to a delegate who supports Mitt Romney.

Webster said the contest would be withdrawn providing the Delegation members agreed to a deal he reportedly brokered with the Mitt Romney Campaign, according to Tweed.

Both Governor LePage and National Committeeman Rick Bennett have stated their support for the Delegation. LePage’s office stated last week, “Governor Paul LePage stands behind Maine Republican National Committeeman Rick Bennett’s position that all Maine Delegates should be seated at the Republican National Convention.”

Many elected members of the State Legislature have signed a petition requesting the withdrawal of the contest, including Senator Lois Snowe-Mello (R-Auburn), Rep. Aaron Libby (R-Waterboro), Rep. Rich Cebra (R-Naples), Rep. Beth O’Connor (R-Berwick), Rep. Ellie Espling (R-New Gloucester), Rep. Ryan Harmon (R-Palermo), Rep. Mike McClellan (R-Raymond) and Rep. Stacey Guerin (R-Glenburn).

Snowe-Mello was on the Romney slate of Delegates at the State GOP Convention in May but states, “I feel that we should allow the people who were elected to attend the National Convention to represent our State Republicans. These are folks who believe in the founding principles of our forefathers. We should be proud that they are Republicans and are our future. I stand by the Governor and Rick Bennett.”

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Does Mitt Romney “Understand”?

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“Understands”, a new ad by Priorities USA. “If Mitt Romney wins, the middle class loses.”

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Obama Dubs Opponent Mitt’s Tax Plan “Romney Hood”

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President Obama at a campaign event last night in Connecticut slammed GOP Mitt Romney’s tax cut plan hard and came up with a pretty good sound bite. Take a look:

“[The independent Tax Policy Center] determined that Governor Romney’s plan would effectively raise taxes on middle-class families with children by an average of $2,000 — to pay for this tax cut. Not to reduce the deficit. Not to invest in things that grow our economy, like education or roads or basic research. He’d ask the middle class to pay more in taxes so that he could give another $250,000 tax cut to people making more than $3 million a year. (Boo.)
It’s like Robin Hood in reverse. It’s Romney Hood.

Bonus: The Obama camapign now has a handy tax calculator widget where one can plug in their annualized income, whether filing married or single and number of dependents. It will then tell you, once the variables are entered, whose plan will save you money versus whose will make you pay more.

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Who Will Win Mitt Romney’s Veepstakes?

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The Washington Post has come out with their Final Five list:

5. Chris Christie: “Remains very much in the mix as Romney’s pick. Quickly endorsed Romney and has been a willing and able surrogate ever since. And, Christie is the biggest national star in the Republican party at the moment.

4. Bobby Jindal: “The ‘historic’ pick of the Final Five as he would be the first Indian-American to be on either party’s national ticket. Has a deep resume that includes service in the U.S. House, a stint at the Department of Health and Human Services and now two terms as governor of Louisiana.”

3. Paul Ryan: “A safe and a bold choice by Romney- a known and liked commodity within the Republican party establishment and someone who has a proven track record of getting elected in a swing state. Choosing Ryan means embracing the Ryan budget with no possibility of turning back.”

2. Tim Pawlenty: “Romney prizes loyalty and TPaw is among the most loyal people in politics. After ending his own bid for the Republican presidential nomination, the former Minnesota governor became a do-anything, go-anywhere surrogate for Romney.”

1. Rob Portman: “The Ohio Senator continues to hold down the top spot on the Line because he ranks so highly in the area we know Romney value most: the ability to do the job. He also represents among the least risky picks, is from Ohio (the swing state Romney must have) and is a budget/spending expert.”

NPR agrees with Portman being the selection by Team Romney, citing the recent scrubbings of his Wiki page to be a strong indicator:

— Ohio Sen. Rob Portman’s Wiki page has been revised 16 times so far today, by someone called “River8009.”

— Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s Wiki page has been revised nine times so far today and 11 times from Aug. 2-6.

— Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s Wiki page has been tweaked four times today.

— Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan’s Wiki page has been edited once today, and 11 times from Aug. 2-6.

— Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s Wiki page hasn’t been edited today, but was revised eight times from Aug. 3-4.

— New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte’s Wiki page has not been touched today. It was last revised on July 28.

— New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s Wiki page hasn’t been revised since July 24.

Time will tell.

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Tuesday Tidbits

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Former GOP gubernatorial candidate William Beardsley is taking some heat, as it is being reported that he continued to allow the late Rev. Robert Carlson access to Husson College activities after Carlson resigned as chaplin of the school abruptly in 2006. It has also been reported that Beardsley was made aware of possible abuses by Carlson at that time. The heavily redacted released police report has caused a former officer to criticize the handling of this case.

Over the weekend, Governor LePage came out in support of his former 2010 primary opponent and current Department of Conservation commissioner. Beardsley will be attending a public forum in Caribou later today, regarding the state’s merging his department with the Department of Agriculture.

The Maine Labor Relations Board yesterday rejected MSEA-SEIU’s complaint against the LePage administration alleging that they illegally hired private contractors to perform state employees’ work after the union’s contract expired last year.

Communication Director Adrienne Bennett, on Governor LePage’s claims that Maine students are looked down upon by others from away, admitted that the claims were not based on fact, but rather “anecdotal”.

Scarborough police are investigating reports of a man trying to look up women’s skirts at Wal-Mart with a camera attached to his shoe. The released this security camera photo and are asking for help in finding this individual.

Same sex marriage advocate Richard Carey of New York City, who started a cross country bike trek in June to raise money and awareness, will be concluding his journey today in Maine.

President Obama has signed a bill into law restricting protests at military funerals . This bill started with a Searsport teen. The president also signed into law a bill sponsored by Rep. Mike Michaud aimed at increasing funding for veteran homes throughout the state.

An open thread.

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Tipping: LePage Plays Favorites

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Eye opening stuff from Mike this morning. Some snips:

“… after blocking the issuing of voter-approved community development bonds slated to help 11 towns in Maine, Gov. Paul LePage had selectively helped five of those communities receive alternate funding for their planned development projects.

Every one of the five — Norway, Livermore Falls, Dover-Foxcroft, Eastport and Monmouth — is represented by Republicans in both the House and Senate.

None of the four towns with Democratic representatives — Rockland, Skowhegan, Bath and Belfast — received similar assistance.

That’s quite a coincidence.”

Indeed it is.
Mike concludes:

“It doesn’t seem to matter how well-planned your development project is or how many small businesses it will help. If the governor doesn’t like your town or the people in it, he won’t help it succeed.”

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