This Weekend’s Undercard
Apparently there’s discontent beyond Chairman Alex Mooney, as National Committeeman Louis Pope has been the target of the the Maryland Liberty PAC. What follows is series of emails, first the Liberty PAC email, than a response from Louis Pope, and another response from a Kent County Central Committee member.
Maybe you have seen some articles about the changes that the powerful leaders in the RNC pushed through during the convention in September.
All the conservatives were talking and writing about it–Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, Morton Blackwell, Dudley Brown, and others.
They were writing about it because it was so destructive to our freedom and our chances at winning in the future.
The week before the convention started the Rules Committee met at the convention center to approve the rules that were sent to the convention by the RNC in the 4 years between this convention and last.
The Republican National Committee, in between conventions, is made up of all the state chairmen, the national committeemen, and the national committeewomen.
They convene, from time to time, as prescribed by the RNC Bylaws that govern the party– for carrying out the business of the party between conventions.
They are small in number and make up what can be called the “Establishment” of the Republican Party.
Since the 2008 election until the 2012 Tampa Republican National Convention, the conservatives at the RNC have been advocating for rule changes that would restore power to the grassroots.
They would make our own Republican primary elections more open, transparent, and free for those of us who want to see conservatives advance– rather than those who serve for solely political ends.
Morton Blackwell, founder of the Leadership Institute and long-time Republican activist, was one of those who were advocating the changes to bring the Party toward more openness.
In fact, the RNC voted unanimously to approve the rules changes proposed by Blackwell and the other conservatives.
Before the convention, it was clear that Romney was going to win the nomination of the Republican Party, as the primaries had all been held.
So, the week before the convention, the Rules Committee began to deliberate the rules changes to adopt on the floor.
To the surprise and disgust of the conservatives, Attorney Ben Ginsburg, the Romney Campaign representative on the Rules Committee, began to introduce amendments.
These amendments repealed all the positive grassroots advancing changes made in the off-campaign years by the RNC.
The Rules Committee members went along with these changes in order to please the Romney campaign.
Enter Louis Pope–sources on the Rules Committee reported that Louis Pope voted every single time possible to do the will of the Romney campaign against the best interests of the grassroots conservatives.
Pope was personally thanked for his work on the rules changes from the convention dais by none-other than John Sununu who served as chairman of that committee.
Please go here and watch Sununu and Boehner ram this through (the shouts from the floor have been muffled in the tape, but you can see the anger on delegates faces).
When you click on the link, scroll down on the timeline. At 2:27:54 you will see Sununu’s photo, click on it and the tape should load at the correct place.
Sununu thanks Louis Pope of Maryland and then a lip-licking-deer-in-the-
Here is the link again to this video:
These rules changes were widely condemned by conservative leaders around the country.
See these links:
Morton Blackwell, President, Leadership Institute http://www.redstate.com/
Dudley Brown, National Association for Gun Rights Dudley Brown on 2012 RNC Change to Rules
Rush Limbaugh, National Conservative Talk Show Host http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/
Sarah Palin, Former Alaska Governor and Tea Party leader, and Mark Levin, National Conservative Talk Show Host http://www.breitbart.com/Big-
After the Rules Committee had voted on Monday at the Convention, there was a final meeting of the Rules Committee on Tuesday– where Morton Blackwell (and the rest of the Virginia Delegation) was kept from attending by a bus that seemed to get lost.
No floor fights have been allowed at the Republican national Convention since 1976, but we need to have conservative, independent, and committed national committeemen and women that have our interests in mind, not our “leaders” in the Party.
Bottom-up, not top-down.
Louis Pope acted as a hammer for the Republican Party Establishment– doing whatever they demanded.
He served as the Vice Chairman of the Rules Committee and voted for the bad rules amendments every time he had the opportunity.
Louis Pope added his name to a “minority report“ that would have let the RNC delegates vote on the alternative “Grassroots-focused” rules– simply so that he could later remove his name and stop the vote from being held.
It remains to be seen what Louis Pope will do now that he has no leader to direct his actions– he is, in the words of Morton Blackwell, an “Establishment Hack” and currently “unattached sycophant”.
Pope is unencumbered by principles and we deserve better representation.
The Maryland Republican Party deserves better.
In order to remove Louis Pope and elect a National Committeeman who stands on principle instead of standing for nothing, we need to first remove him from office.
According to the most recent version of the Maryland Republican Party Constitution and bylaws, we must first give the Party membership 20 days written notice to remove him.
I propose that the Maryland Republican Central Committee deliberate over the role of the position of National Committeeman over the coming 6 months.
I propose that at the Spring Convention, we vote for removal and elect a National Committeeman with the grassroots at the top of his priorities, not his party bosses.
Per the latest version of our Party Bylaws, we must convince ⅔ of the Central Committee to remove an officer from office.
This is a high hurdle, but it can be done by spreading the word about Pope’s abuses.
Let’s talk over the coming months about the role of the National Committeeman in the Maryland Republican Party, and act at the Spring Convention.
Patrick L. McGrady
Maryland Liberty PAC
P.S. In case you missed it, we are hosting a Maryland Liberty Caucus event at the MDGOP Convention.
The event will take place this Friday, November 30th at 6pm at the Turf Valley Hotel and Conference Center, 2700 Turf Valley Rd., Ellicott City, MD 21042.
Register here: http://marylandgoprevolution.
We look forward to seeing you at the MDGOP Fall Convention this weekend!
AUTHORITY: JOSEPH FLECKENSTEIN, TREASURER, MARYLAND LIBERTY PAC
FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT MARYLANDLIBERTY.ORG
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Committeeman for Maryland
RNC Vice Chairman
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