Skip to comments.An Open Letter To RNC Reince Preibus: Do The Right Thing With The Florida Delegates
Posted on 02/03/2012 9:45:14 PM PST by Billlknowles
Dear Chairman Preibus,
I am writing an open letter to you in hopes that you will do the right thing and make the Florida Republican Party abide by the rules of the Republican National Committee.
The state of Florida deliberately snubbed its' nose at the party and the rules several months ago when it voted to hold the Florida primary early, which has already cost if 49 delegates out of the original 99 delegates allocated by the RNC. Now they further give the party the middle finger by allocating the remaining delegates as "winner-take-all", instead of the proportional allotment that is defined in the RNC rules for any state that wishes to hold its' primary prior to April 1st.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who finished second in the Florida balloting has petitioned the Florida Republican Party to reverse the "winner-take-all" allocation and award him delegates based on the proportional vote he obtained. I don't think there will be any surprises here and Florida will not change its' mind.
I am asking you to step in and do the right thing by holding a rules committee meeting prior to the Republican Convention in Tampa to overturn the Florida decision and either strip the delegates completely away from the state or make them award the delegates proportionally as per the RNC rules. Why am I asking for the RNC to decide this now instead of at the Convention? It's simple. If the RNC does not act on this immediately, it will affect the delegate count in an unfair manner toward the 'leading' delegate holder as of date, Governoe Mitt Romney.
National Public Radio has applied the proportional formula to the Florida delegates and as of today, instead of Governor Romney receiving all 50 remaining delegates, he would only receive 23 while Speaker Gingrich would receive 16. This would change the cumulative total from Governor Romney leading Gingrich 59 to 23 to Speaker Gingrich leading Governor Romney 39 to 32. As you know, political campaigns are all about momentum, or lack there of. The RNC's failure to act on this is affecting the momentum off the GOP primary race, something that I would hope you would agree, the national party should have no reason to do. By affecting the momentum, this shift of delegates to where they rightfully belong, could allso affect the race for the nomination as a whole.
I, as a Republican, urge you to take action immediately should Florida rule not to overturn their decision.
Bill Knowles Publisher WeArePolitics.com
Great letter..I am going to send one to the NRP too! this would made a huge difference on the number of delegates awarded to Newt and it is fair!
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Good on you.
Activism at its best!
We all need to send a similar letter.
I just sent one. Told them to do the right thing. Fla held their primary early and though they gave up half their delegates to do so they never ammended it to allow for a winner take all primary. Newt earned his share of the delegates and this procedure is a slap in the face to his supporters. There was no waiver on the delegate issue included in their early vote. We expect more from the Republican Party.
Great letter and excellent idea.
but there only rules.......why should the RNC follow their own rules....the DNC doesn’t
Woo hoo!! The momentum and the lead shifts to the true presumptive winner, Newt Gingrich!! Go, Newt!!
A letter from Jim Robinson of Free Republic will set Chairman Preibus back on his
I am not happy with my fellow registered Republicans, but I am obviously not in tune with the majority of them.
I am glad that my state GOP decided to go early, and stop playing the stupid, useless games.
Did you send yours to the RNC?
I will just say that, if GIngrich had won Florida, and Santorum was trying to get them to switch to proportional delegates, I doubt anybody here would be supporting the attempt.
I just wish Gingrich had brought this up the week before the election — it would have looked principled then, with him leading at that point. Now it just looks like trying to change the rules after the fact. Yes I know that there is an overriding rule, but that overriding rule also said they couldn’t have their primary in January.
They were punished for breaking the rules, and that punishment was agreed to. The candidates competed based on that agreement. If they do change, that will be great, just like it would have been great if the court had allowed Gingrich Perry and Santorum onto the ballot in Virginia.
But the time to protest the rules (or a failure to adhere to the rules) is before the contest, especially when you KNOW what the current agreement is. Everybody knew FLorida was going to do winner-takes-all, and it’s going to be hard now to argue to change it after the fact.
Still, as I said, I hope they change it, because that will help GIngrich and Santorum.
i think you meant to say, thumbed its nose (no apostrophe). or snubbed (without nose). the “nose” idiom does not work with snubbed. i agree with the sentiment, but might want it not to look ignoramus-ly.
Either way looks about equally Calvinball. But I thought that was the Democrats’ province. Since when has the GOP looked to the Rats for an example? About all this accelerated contest proved is that a sh*tstorm of lies makes a little drizzle of truth hard to see. (Romney had two orders of magnitude more ads, all pointed at Newt.) But the history of what happened will follow Romney around and mark him as an unscrupulous player. Whether or not Florida enters another round of Calvinball.
Pass the word!
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