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Mitt's Nomination Manipulation
The Iowa Republican ^ | March 5, 2012 | Craig Robinson

Posted on 03/05/2012 2:57:15 PM PST by Cincinatus' Wife

Only twelve states have held primaries or caucuses, and shockingly, many of them have either been scandal ridden, had their dates manipulated in violation of proposed nomination calendar, or broke the delegate distribution rules set by the Republican National Committee. State GOP chairs in Iowa and Nevada have resigned in disgrace, and others have come under heavy scrutiny following the completion of their caucus or primary.

The Iowa Caucuses became the butt of too many jokes when Iowa GOP Chairman refused to declare Rick Santorum the winner of the caucuses following the state GOP’s certification process, which clearly showed Santorum to be the victor. Things got worse when it took the Nevada GOP 48 hours to tabulate the results from its contest where less than 33,000 people voted. Questions also surround the results in Maine and Wyoming, but the sudden delegate distribution rule change in Michigan after Tuesday’s primary might be the most egregious action of a state party yet.

The rules set by the Michigan Republican Credentials Committee, which were distributed to the campaigns and the media prior to the primary, clearly stated that two delegates would be awarded to whomever won each of Michigan’s 14 congressional districts. The rules also stipulated that two at large delegates would be awarded proportionally. Since Mitt Romney and Santorum each won seven congressional districts, CNN and other media outlets surmised that each would receive 15 delegates.

At issue is how the two at large delegates were actually awarded. Instead of awarding the delegates on a proportional basis based on the statewide popular vote as stipulated in a memo to the RNC and the Republican candidates for president, the Michigan Republican Credentials Committee met the day after the primary and voted to award the two at large delegates to the statewide winner, claiming that, contrary to previous written and verbal statements from party officials, they always intended that the two at large delegates be winner take all.

The Michigan Republican Credentials Committee voted 4-2 to award the at large delegates to Romney, the statewide popular vote winner. Those who supported the change are claiming that no rules were changed after the Michigan contest, but if that’s the case, why was a formal vote needed to award the two at large delegates to Romney?

It is also interesting that one of the two “no” votes came from a Romney backer who is the state’s former Attorney General, and the other came from the Michigan GOP’s legal counsel. One would think that these two high-profile lawyers would know something about rule interpretation. Voting in favor of the change was the Michigan GOP chair, who is favorable to Romney, and National Committeeman Saul Anuzis, who spent the last week of the campaign chasing Santorum around the state as part of the Romney campaign’s “bracketing” effort. The fact that the state GOP chairman is at odds with his own legal counsel raises a number of red flags.

There have now been far too many incidents that have ultimately benefited the Romney campaign to believe that it’s all just the result of happenstance. While the jostling of the nominating calendar has happened to some extent in many presidential cycles, it has gotten worse in the two election cycles where Mitt Romney was seeking the nomination. If the calendar manipulation wasn’t bad enough, there have been other questionable activities in states that Romney has either won or initially thought won.

Iowa Facts

Romney originally had no interest in competing in Iowa. In fact, Florida’s decision to hold it’s primary on January 31st, a full week before the Iowa caucuses were slated to be held, as well as Nevada’s original insistence that it would hold it’s contest in January, created the possibility that Iowa might have been forced to hold its contest in December of 2011. Such a move would have rendered the Iowa caucuses irrelevant. After his embarrassing defeat here in 2008, Iowa being irrelevant would have suited the Romney campaign just fine.

In addition to the shenanigans involving the calendar, there are a couple of other “coincidences” that explain why the Iowa GOP chairman may have been hesitant to declare Santorum the winner following the certification of the vote. The first is a number of large contributions to the Republican Party of Iowa from out-of-state individuals who also happen to have maxed out to Romney’s campaign and donated in excess of $100,000 to his Super PAC.

Was there some sort of quid pro quo between the Romney campaign and the Republican Party of Iowa? Between mid-August and mid-November, the Iowa GOP received contributions of $50,000, 15,000, $10,000, and $5,000 from three such individuals from California and Florida. Why would people who are pouring money into Romney’s Super PAC make large contributions to a party in a state in which their preferred candidate was not even showing interest at the time? More troubling is the question of who solicited the contributions for the Iowa GOP.

The second Iowa –related coincidence is that an individual who worked for Romney in 2008 and who is currently employed by Romney’s Iowa campaign chair, was paid by the Republican Party of Iowa to help with the caucus vote tabulation. It was this person who reportedly notified the Romney campaign that it had defeated Santorum by eight votes on caucus night. All campaigns are allowed representatives to oversee the tabulation process, but why were people so cozy to the Romney campaign paid by the Iowa GOP and allowed to fill official roles on caucus night?

Another incident doesn’t involve the manipulation of the State GOP, but the state’s largest newspaper, The Des Moines Register. As the Poynter Institute points out, “The Des Moines Register was one of the few U.S. papers that had Mitt Romney’s slim caucus win on its front page.” In fact, the website states that the paper published five different versions of the front page, and even stopped the presses, to get it’s final “Romney Wins by 8 Votes” headline on its presses.

What’s not discussed in the Poynter article is that Romney donors or Romney consultants allegedly offered to pay the Register to reprint its front page to reflect a Romney win. That information was shared in front of myself and two other journalists the night after the caucuses. I’m told the Register didn’t accept the payment, but it does show the heavy handedness the Romney campaign is willing to use to get what it wants. It also may explain why the newspaper never dedicated a headline to Rick Santorum’s eventual caucus victory. In fact, the paper never even questioned why the Iowa GOP chairman stepped down following the caucuses; instead, they published a number of flattering articles featuring interviews with him.

Manipulation of Other States Won by Romney?

New Hampshire

In New Hampshire, Romney didn’t need to wield his influence like he did in other states since he keeps a residence there and was considered somewhat of a hometown boy. The state’s open primary, which allows independents and Democrats to vote in the Republican primary, was also beneficial to Romney in New Hampshire. Still, forcing Iowa to hold its caucuses in December would have created greater attention for New Hampshire, and the Romney campaign campaign did employ the New Hampshire Secretary of State’s son. The New Hampshire Secretary of State has tremendous sway over the primary calendar, and he nearly forced Iowa into that undesirable December position.

Florida

The Florida primary didn’t experience any problems with the counting of votes, but the state was the prime catalyst in causing chaos in the nominating calendar. In addition violating the RNC primary calendar, Florida also broke the rule that clearly states that any state that holds its primary before March 1st must award its delegates proportionally. Florida was not punished for breaking this second rule because the RNC rule didn’t prescribe any punishment for a state that breaks multiple rules, and thus the state awarded all of its 50 delegates to Romney, the overall winner. Gingrich has challenged the winner take all allotment, but nothing can be resolved in regard to this issue until the national convention in August.

Nevada

The mess that was the Nevada Caucuses was well documented. However, what went under-reported was that the consultants hired to help the Nevada GOP plan and execute its First-in-the-West caucuses were also looking out for Romney’s best interests. The clearest indication of this was the initial decision by the Nevada GOP to hold its caucus on January 14th. Had the Nevada GOP not backed down from that date, the Iowa caucuses would have been forced into January.

The consultants hired by the Nevada GOP included Gentry Collins, Romney’s 2008 Iowa Caucus campaign manager. Collins also served as the Executive Director of the Republican Governor’s Association when Romney was the group’s chairman in 2006. Another consultant, Jim Anderson, worked under Collins at the RNC, and also wrote an op-ed for the Daily Caller that raved about Romney’s campaign following his wins in Iowa and New Hampshire.

Maine

Maine didn’t help the caucus brand following the fiascos in Iowa and Nevada. On Saturday, February 11th, Maine Republican Chairman Charlie Webster announced that Mitt Romney had narrowly defeated Ron Paul, 39 percent to 36 percent. The only problem was that the results from a number of precincts were left blank at the time of the announcement. The excuse from the Maine GOP was that the emails containing the results from the missing precincts got caught in the SPAM filter.

Additionally, Washington County had its caucus delayed by a week due to a snowstorm that never materialized. Despite the facts cited above, as well as the fact that only 84 percent of precincts had voted at the time, GOP officials in the state declared Romney the winner of the caucuses. Romney needed the win following losses in Colorado, Minnesota, and Missouri on February 7th. The Maine GOP clearly delivered for Romney.

Michigan

The Romney campaign spent most of Election Day complaining about a robo call the Santorum campaign sent to conservative Democrats asking for their support. Never mind the fact that Romney elicited the support of Democrats in New Hampshire and reportedly actively sought an open primary in Michigan. Even after his narrow three-point win, Romney and his army of surrogates celebrated their Michigan victory by telling everyone who would listen that Santorum somehow cheated.

While the Romney campaign was blasting Santorum for a few thousand dollars worth of robo calls, the heavily Romney-influenced Michigan Republican Credentials Committee voted to change the rules to provide Romney a delegate victory in Michigan instead of an embarrassing tie with Santorum.

Wyoming

Even though the Wyoming caucuses took place between February 9th and February 29th, the state GOP decided to share the results of its caucuses with CNN on February 28th, before all the caucuses were completed – an odd decision considering that no other state released its results before its contests were completed. Generally, releasing results, or even exit polling before the voting is complete is considered taboo because knowing the results could influence those who have yet to cast their vote.

Conclusion: A Disturbing Trend

So, how many states has Mitt Romney won where there has not been any questionable activity or overt influence by his campaign? Just one – Washington. Not mentioned above is Arizona, but it helped make a mess of the calendar, too, by holding its contest before March 1st.

Many political pundits have openly discussed how damaging the protracted nomination process has been for the Republican Party and its eventual nominee. What they have ignored is the win at all cost tactics that have been employed by the Romney campaign. It’s always difficult to unite a party after a contentious primary fight, but doing so after what some may view as an unfair fight will be even more difficult.


TOPICS: Government; Politics
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1 posted on 03/05/2012 2:57:19 PM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: onyx

FYI


2 posted on 03/05/2012 2:57:58 PM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Check this out...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kiaw0hgB-fg


3 posted on 03/05/2012 3:02:53 PM PST by Cindy of Nashville (What has the Democrat party become???)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

They set the rules to favor establishment candidates. If the establishment candidate still manages to lose they just change the rules.


4 posted on 03/05/2012 3:06:17 PM PST by trappedincanuckistan (livefreeordietryin)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Corruption flows
where Willie Mitty goes
and nobody knows
like the GOP


5 posted on 03/05/2012 3:11:25 PM PST by Tennessee Nana (Why should I vote for Bishop Romney when he hates me because I am a Christian)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife; FrankR; Jim Robinson; kalee; TitansAFC; LuvFreeRepublic; Sea Parrot; ...

We all deserved a primary without Romney and his vicious attacks ads.

Just think about how good it could have been with candidates actually presenting their policies and solutions for America.

It’s very notable that both of Newt Gingrich’s two very popular, patriot conservative, rivals have both endorsed him:

Governor Rick Perry and Herman Cain.


6 posted on 03/05/2012 3:11:47 PM PST by onyx (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY. If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Make sure that Newt’s people get a link to this article.


7 posted on 03/05/2012 3:28:41 PM PST by WVNan ("Socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy." - Winston)
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To: onyx

It is a shame that there is such an all out effort by the media and the establishment GOP to force such a contempible candidate on us as our nominee. Romney is completely unworthy to be President.

I continue to pray for our country and for Newt.

Thank you, Onyx, for all of your hard work. You are a Trooper!


8 posted on 03/05/2012 3:29:22 PM PST by conservativejoy ("Where there is no vision, the people perish." Proverbs 29:18)
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To: trappedincanuckistan
Pretty bad when even one of Mitt's supporters calls foul on changing the rules. Mike Cox is Michigan's former Attorney General and member of the credentials committee.


Cox said that according to the MRP rules, Santorum and Romney should each get one of Michigan's two at-large delegates based on their take of the popular vote.

"I supported Mitt, but the vote was clearly wrong," Cox said of the Credentials Committee. "It's kind of like Third World voting. We published rules and then we voted to change the rules.
"

Because The Narrative Cannot Survive A Rewrite

Granted it was only two delegates but it gave the Mittmedia the narrative they needed to run with.
9 posted on 03/05/2012 3:29:44 PM PST by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife; Apollo5600; Gene Eric; Christie at the beach; conservativejoy; Marguerite; ...
And yet, this unspeakable lowlife liar can't bring himself to call the Marxist a “socialist”!

Show me a lawyer turned politician and I'll show you a grand scale liar who's been on both sides but can make a lot of people believe he's always been on their side.

Romney's lust for power is insatiable.

Newt Gingrich is right: Romney will buy the presidency if he can. He's sure on his way to buying and rigging the nomination.

GO NEWT!

Gingrich, the one Fox and the GOP-E are trying to shut down and stop!

NEWT GINGRICH "SLAYS" David Gregory On The Contraception Issue
Video of Entire Interview

NEWT GINGRICH DEBATES OBAMA!


10 posted on 03/05/2012 3:31:31 PM PST by onyx (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY. If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know.)
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To: onyx

One for sure to remember from this, if Romney wins, we will never forget HOW he won! That alone speaks volumes as to who and what he is. especially what to expect from him as a President. He WILL betray us. That is a fact.


11 posted on 03/05/2012 3:33:16 PM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: onyx

Oh, almost forgot!

GO NEWT GO! And don’t stop........


12 posted on 03/05/2012 3:36:05 PM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP
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13 posted on 03/05/2012 3:39:23 PM PST by Rome2000 (Rick Santorum voted against Right toWork)
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To: cripplecreek

The establishment has set things up, so they’ll never lose. I really don’t know what should be done, but something has to be!


14 posted on 03/05/2012 3:42:39 PM PST by trappedincanuckistan (livefreeordietryin)
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To: conservativejoy; Tennessee Nana; jaycee; true believer forever; seekthetruth; TitansAFC; ...
It is a shame that there is such an all out effort by the media and the establishment GOP to force such a contempible candidate on us as our nominee. Romney is completely unworthy to be President.

I continue to pray for our country and for Newt.

IT'S MORE THAN A SHAME. IT'S A CRIME. Politics may not be "bean bag", but Romney has made it beyond ugly and contemptible.

Newt Gingrich started out running a purely positive campaign and he was running away with the election NATIONALLY and in Iowa, until Romney and to a lesser extent Paul, put out vicious attack ads, (filled with smears and lies), and Iowa voters fell for the ads, all the while claiming to hate attack ads.

Now we learn of even more mendacious behavior by Team Romney! His lust for power is truly insatiable, but what will he do against the Marxist? Fold like a cheap suit?

I'll never vote for him. The GOP-E and the pundits are crazy-Beltway-bubbles for thinking we'll all come together to support the nominee out of our desperation to get rid of obama, by replacig him with an obama-lite liar who sabotaged the Republican primary!

I won't be here until much later tonight. After dinner, I'm going to be making calls for Newt into your state of Tennessee. Maybe y'all will be one of my calls! LOL.

God speed Newt Gingrich!

15 posted on 03/05/2012 3:49:47 PM PST by onyx (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY. If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know.)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

Right. He’s nothing but a liar and a cheat.

He lacks all principles and that goes for his supporters too, including the office holders supporting him.

Make a list.


16 posted on 03/05/2012 3:52:35 PM PST by onyx (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY. If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I’m shocked that this thread doesn’t already have 200 posts.
I’ve bookmarked it.


17 posted on 03/05/2012 3:54:52 PM PST by onyx (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY. If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know.)
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To: onyx
I heard that slick talking leader of the moron mormon cult WILLARD ROMNEY talking about keeping the military option on the table with regards to Iran, this from a degenerate coward and con man from a family of degenerate con men and cowards who have en masse avoided serving in the US military for generations.

Make no mistake about it.

The GOP is DEAD if they succeed in passing off this slimy SOB with three grandmas as the nominee.

Screw the blue blood country clubbers at the RNC and their creepy pulled back wives, let the communists own the collapse, we'll pick up the pieces and start over again.

18 posted on 03/05/2012 4:00:13 PM PST by Rome2000 (Rick Santorum voted against Right toWork)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

That link doesn’t work.


19 posted on 03/05/2012 4:17:17 PM PST by ansel12 (Santorum-Catholic and "I was basically pro-choice all my life, until I ran for Congress" he said))
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To: Rome2000

Right. The GOP can go to He// if Romney’s the nominee. The party will have left me and you.


20 posted on 03/05/2012 4:20:55 PM PST by onyx (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY. If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Here is a link.

http://theiowarepublican.com/2012/mitt%E2%80%99s-nomination-manipulation/


21 posted on 03/05/2012 4:22:21 PM PST by ansel12 (Santorum-Catholic and "I was basically pro-choice all my life, until I ran for Congress" he said))
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Don’t worry...the cheating will stop as soon as Mittens clinches. And he won’t do anything funny when he runs against The Won.


22 posted on 03/05/2012 4:23:51 PM PST by Cyber Liberty ("If the past sits in judgment on the present, the future will be lost." --Winston Churchill)
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To: onyx

NEWT GINGRICH “SLAYS” David Gregory On The Contraception Issue

~~~~~~~~~~

AND HE DID THAT!! He was AWESOME!

G*R*A*V*I*T*A*S !!!!


23 posted on 03/05/2012 5:26:46 PM PST by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
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To: onyx

This has been one filthy business, that’s for sure. So many times we’ve been asked to swallow hard and accept lukewarm moderate candidates, but now we might be expected to accept a downright corrupt, foul, ruthless individual who SHOULD NOT be the front runner now. Under any circumstances. It’s unreal.


24 posted on 03/05/2012 6:00:28 PM PST by CatherineofAragon (I can haz Romney's defeat?)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Why do I think that this is all $$ and lies in advertising? Don’t know the answer — just my opinion.


25 posted on 03/05/2012 7:22:10 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

bump


26 posted on 03/05/2012 9:11:08 PM PST by annieokie
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To: onyx

Thanks for keeping the ball rolling.

Today should be an interesting ride.


27 posted on 03/06/2012 12:09:22 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: ansel12

Thanks!

I wonder why mine was bad.

Good catch.


28 posted on 03/06/2012 12:11:22 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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