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Vindication, Round 2

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On Monday, August 20 2012, the Committee on Contests for the Republican National Convention listened to arguments concerning the challenged Alternate Delegate elections from Oregon’s Second, Fourth and Fifth Congressional Districts.  The next morning, ORP Chairman Allen Alley reported on thier findings:

Delegates, Alternate Delegates, ORP Staff and ORP Executive Committee,

We have had lots of good news as we move toward Tampa (actually I am already in Tampa).  

I just left the Contests Committee meeting and they have upheld their previous August 10th ruling on every point.  In case you missed it, the Ron Paul campaign, challenged our Alternate Delegate selection process with the RNC.  The Contests Committee was very clear in their original ruling and today:

  1. Whether the ORP, pursuant to their Party Bylaws and Standing Rules, has the authority to conduct the Convention as one meeting in five locations?  Yes.
  2.  Did the Convention adjourn at 5:00p.m. as stated in the Official Agenda?  Yes.
  3. Were any of the elections of alternate delegates that occurred during any of the meetings after 5:00p.m. valid?  No.
  4. Was the ORP Executive Committee’s action on July 30, 2012, to select and certify alternate delegates to the national convention, authorized and legal?  Yes.

What this means is there are no changes to the list of Delegates and Alternates we previously published and all challenges are disallowed.  On the second challenge regarding alternates voting in our delegation meeting, the RNC ruled that they do not have jurisdiction therefore the elections stand.  

Other good news, I am so very pleased to see our new Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan take the fight directly to President Obama.  He is standing shoulder to shoulder with Governor Romney and standing up against the Chicago style politics of fear and negativity.  

Romney/Ryan also have a great ally in our Chairman Reince Priebus.  His clear unwavering message that we are going to save the American dream and we are not going to sit and take punches resonates with Americans all over our country.  Check out his interview today on Hannity.  It is worth 8 minutes of your time.

And finally, If you recall, there was a lawsuit filed in June, in the central district of California court, on behalf of about 100 delegates naming the RNC, Reince Priebus, the ORP and me (along with every other state chairman) as defendants.  The basic claim of that suit was that these delegates should be released from their pledges binding them to a candidate so they could vote as they wish (not as their primary results or convention results bound them to vote).  This suit made us aware that there was a national effort to elect delegates who had no intention to vote the will of the Republicans in their state.  We entered our State Convention with this lawsuit fresh in our minds and took extraordinary steps to run our Convention by the book.

I am pleased to say that on August 6th the court in the central district of California granted the RNC’s motion to dismiss in the Delegates v. RNC et. al. lawsuit.  In just about every way, the court recognized the unintelligibly and implausibility of the allegations.  

As with all legal type processes, we expect that the Ron Paul campaign and the attorneys representing the delegates who wish to break their pledges will continue appeal these decisions as long as the money to pay their attorneys continues to be available.  We will continue to defend our process but are very much looking forward to focusing on winning our state back and making Oregon the “1” in the Romney/Ryan 3-2-1 path to victory.  Click here to read about 3-2-1 by Karl Rove.

I am really looking forward to the convention.  With the announcement of Paul Ryan as our Vice Presidential nominee, I think we now have a ticket that the entire party, and the country can rally around.

On to Tampa!

Allen Alley
Oregon Republican Party
Oregon Delegation RNC

It’s unlikely this will satisfy those who seek to drive a wedge between the Republican Party and Ron Paul supporters.  There will still be rabble-rouser who continue to attack Allen Alley, denounce the ORP Executive Committee, characterize the RNC as corrupt and just generally try to damage the only effective means to counter Barack Hussein Obama.

But here’s the bottom line; the Committee on Contests, in less than 24 hours, decided the ORP followed the rules, and the challengers didn’t.


UPDATE: August 23 2012 7:00pm

This writer was under the mistaken impression Monday’s meeting was the final step in the process, and it isn’t.  One more was held and at least one more is scheduled before the entire Convention decides on the issue next week.  During today’s regular Oregon Republican county leadership conference call, Chairman Alley reported ours is not the only challenge being considered, but it’s one that has successfully defended itself.  Louisiana and Maine have lost their challenges, having failed to document a clear audit process, procedures and adherence to the rules.  There are two take-sways from this:

  • The Committee on Contests isn’t a “rubber stamp”.  The evidence for and against the contesting perspectives were reviewed, considered and, at times, fiercely questioned.  If it didn’t meet criteria, the delegation suffered.
  • Oregon played by the rules.  If and only if that were true would the Committee have ruled in favor of the ORP.



Written by Jeffrey S. Smith

23 August 2012 at 5:45 am

8 Responses

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  1. Allen Ally was talking about the Committee on Contests which isn’t the credentials committee. Its possible the credentials committee has already ruled, but I haven’t heard that yet. This is who makes up the Committee on Contests (not 2 people from each state): The Chairman of the Committee on Contests: Mike Duncan, former RNC Chairman and National Committeeman for Kentucky Midwest Regional Members: David Cole, State Chairman for Missouri Mark Fahleson, State Chairman for Nebraska Northeast Regional Members: Rob Gleason, State Chairman for Pennsylvania Betsy Werronen, National Committeewoman for District of Columbia Western Regional Members: Linda Ackerman, National Committeewoman for California Fredi Simpson, National Committeewoman for Washington Southern Regional Members: Jeanne Luckey, National Committeewoman for Mississippi Doyle Webb, State Chairman for Arkansas.

    Devin Watkins

    23 August 2012 at 12:24 pm

    • Devin – I realized my mistake after posting but before seeing yours. The article has been updated.

      Jeffrey S. Smith

      24 August 2012 at 5:46 am

  2. John

    23 August 2012 at 9:31 pm

  3. John – comments are welcome; a good debate is healthy. Dropping a URL is lazy and the actions of a troll.

    Trolls are considered spammers on this blog and will not be given space.

    Jeffrey S. Smith

    24 August 2012 at 5:46 am

    • Jeff
      I may go as far lazy. but Troll not. You know that what was posted is pertinent to the ORP and GOP. Yours and mine views of what happened with the conventionS and how the ORP( Allen Alley and You) handled the alt. Delegates, the allowing voting of alternates is just plain BS. Have fun in Tampa ! Sleep well.


      24 August 2012 at 4:37 pm

      • Honest disagreement and debate is healthy; even angry arguments can be productive. But throwing someone else’s words out, even if they are relevant, is none of these things. You don’t have to engage, to consider, to reason, to listen so you are just talking past the other person, not to them.

        That’s the attitude of a spammer and the actions of a troll. This blog can be a place where discussions take place; it won’t be a forum for diatribes.

        Jeffrey S. Smith

        26 August 2012 at 6:16 am

  4. Looks like as of 9 hours ago the credentials committee upheld the Oregon GOP Executive Committee’s selection of alternate delegates.

    Devin Watkins

    24 August 2012 at 8:22 pm

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