A small, but growing group are refusing to accept McCain as the GOP nominee… at least not without a fight.
Republican leaders are having to face a determined group of Ron Paul supporters at their local and state conventions. And they’re learning, sometimes the hard way, that these Ron Paul activists are well-organized and self-educated about the delegate-choosing process.
The LA Times’ Top of the Ticket blog reports:
Though he is considered the presumptive nominee for the Republican party, Senator McCain is finding opposition on every side. He’s already trading barbs with the assumed Democratic nominee, Barack Obama, but further competition is emerging from the right.
Supporters and delegates for Congressman Ron Paul continue to garner more delegates for the good doctor, determined to have a presence at the GOP Convention in Minnesota this September. Having earned a million votes thus far, no one can deny that Dr. Paul is a force to be reckoned with.
This story broke in February, but many people missed it. For those of you who don’t know Murray, he is currently campaigning for Senate in New Jersey. A traditional conservative who opposed the war, Murray occasionally rode on the coat tails of the Ron Paul Presidential Grassroots campaign, accepting Ron’s endorsement, even appearing at the April 15th Tax rally. His website talks about the Ron Paul campaign on many levels. In early February, this statement was released:
McCain is admittedly concerned about the rejection of GOP candidates in three recent special elections. Are voters sending a message that will carry over to the presidential election in November?
The Barr Campaign has managed to achieve an amazing amount of media coverage that really continues to bring our movement to the mainstream media. Please check out his site @ bobbarr2008.com and support his continued efforts.
Former Georgia Congressman, Bob Barr, announced that he will indeed be seeking the presidential nomination for the Libertarian Party.
Watch his video or listen to the audio at BobBarr2008.com.
Senator McCain’s possible FEC violations were previously blogged about here- McCain snared in his own FEC trap?
The New York Times, reports that it appears President Bush may be attempting to come to McCain’s rescue by announcing three nominees for the FEC agency. If they are confirmed, this would give the commission the quorum they need to vote and decide whether McCain has been released from the matching funds program or not.
Nevada GOP Delegate and Homeschoolers for Ron Paul State Coordinator, Tara Wagner, gives her perspective on the happenings at the Nevada GOP convention-
“However, in the middle of voting and before one district had finished, Beers swung the gavel, ending the convention without discussion or debate (against the rules of the convention) and notifying us that it was our fault because we had changed the previous rules that would have apparently safe-guarded us from running out of time (with no mention to the over 2 hours of wasted time that morning). He stated the party would inform us of when we would reconvene within the week. Senator Beers and other party officials quickly shut off the microphones, turned off most of the lights and left the building.”