(Originally published on Conservatives4Palin)
Michelle Malkin has posted an urgent call to action for all conservatives concerned with preserving the integrity of who has the power with regard to state delegates:
Drew McKissick is a longtime conservative activist and blogger who is in attendance at the Republican National Convention’s Rules Committee meetings. He and others on the ground are sounding the alarm over rules changes that he and many other attendees believe will hurt grass-roots movement conservatives. The battle is being cast by some observers as a narrow fight between Ron Paul advocates and the rest of the party. Drew says that’s not true. And many other state delegations who oppose top-down delegate choices are chiming in.
First, here’s Drew’s call to arms (my emphasis added in bold):
Those who are in Tampa working to maintain the influence of grassroots conservatives in the Republican Party need your help!
This past Friday, the RNC’s Convention Rules Committee voted – after several contentious votes – to change the party’s rules to allow future presidential candidates to have veto power over who can be delegates from any state – in other words, take power away from the grassroots and their ability to elect fellow conservatives as delegates.
This represents a brazen move by several Washington Beltway consultants and party insiders to diminish the power and influence of conservatives over the party.
At least 29 members of this committee are filing Minority Reports to the full convention to try and make sure that these changes are NOT adopted into the final changes the full convention will approve on Tuesday. But we need your help to spread the word. 28 members are required to issue a minority report for the convention to even consider…and you can be sure others are working behind the scenes to peel some of them off before the meeting…so we need to create pressure for others to join!
Let me stop here and say that this is NOT…REPEAT NOT a move by a bunch of disgruntled Ron Paul supporters. This is a group of long-time conservative activists, even “party regulars” and lots of Romney supporters, many who go back to the Goldwater days.
We need to generate enough PUBLIC PRESSURE from grassroots conservatives that they will back off before Tuesday meeting and withdraw their changes so that we can avoid the need for a minority report and floor fight [altogether].
Here’s what we need before Tuesday’s session of the convention:
1) We need all conservative Republican grassroots supporters to contact their state GOP and let them know that they OPPOSE the rules change that will give future presidential campaigns control over who gets to be a delegate (current RULE 15, but is being renumbered to 16)…and OPPOSE the new RULE 12 which allows the RNC to change the rules at any time between conventions.
2) We need them to contact any DELEGATES to the convention they may know and tell them they OPPOSE the rules change and want them to support a move on the floor to amend this change via the MINORITY REPORTS – and support a demand for a ROLL CALL VOTE if necessary.
3) We need them to contact the CONVENTION RULES COMMITTEE members for their state (each state has two) and tell them they want them to SIGN THE MINORITY REPORTS before Tuesday’s session at 2:00PM. You can find a copy of the list here.
4) Finally, we would like them to help us spread the word that this is an insider power grab by a bunch of DC Beltway types who want consultants to be able to pick who the delegates are from their respective states in the future – AS WELL AS FUTURE PLATFORM COMMITTEE MEMBERS.
Post a link to this page on Facebook and Twitter…spread the word on the media…COMPLAIN.
Let everyone know this is wrong, and that it is ANTI-GRASSROOTS!
Michelle also posted a list of the State Republican Party phone numbers:
Please locate the phone number of your State Republican Party Headquarters below, call them immediately, and tell them to oppose Romney’s new rules that strip grassroots activists of the ability to participate in the Republican platform process:
Alabama (205) 212-5900 Alaska (907) 276-4467 Arizona (602) 957-7770 Arkansas (501) 372-7301 California (916) 448-9496 Colorado (303) 758-3333 Connecticut (860) 422-8211 Delaware (302) 668-1954 District of Columbia (202) 289-8005 Florida (850) 222-7920 Georgia (404) 257-5559 Hawaii (808) 593-8180 Idaho (208) 343-6405 Illinois (312) 201-9000 Indiana (317) 635-7561 Iowa (515) 282-8105 Kansas (785) 234-3456 Kentucky (502) 875-5130 Louisiana (225) 389-4495 Maine (207) 622-6247 Maryland (410) 263-2125 Massachusetts (617)-523-5005 Michigan (517) 487-5413 Minnesota (651) 222-0022 Mississippi (601) 948-5191 Missouri (573) 636-3146 Montana (406) 442-6469 Nebraska (402) 475-2122 New Hampshire (603) 225-9341 North Carolina (919) 828-6423 Oregon (503) 595-8881 South Dakota (605) 224-7347 Vermont (802) 223-3411 Wisconsin (608) 257-4765 Nevada (702) 258-9182 New Jersey (609) 989-7300 North Dakota (701) 255-0030 Pennsylvania (717) 234-4901 Tennessee (615) 269-4260 Virginia (804) 780-0111 Wyoming (307) 234-9166 New Mexico (505) 298-3662 Ohio (614) 228-2481 Rhode Island (401) 732-8282 Texas (512) 477-9821 Washington (425) 460-0570 New York (518) 462-2601 Oklahoma (518) 462-2601 South Carolina (803) 988-8440 Utah (803) 988-8440 West Virginia (304) 768-0493
Step 1: Call your State GOP Headquarters and let them know you oppose the rules change.
Step 2: Contact any delegates you might know and urge them to act regarding the rules change.
Step 3: Contact your state’s Rules Committee members and tell them to SIGN THE MINORITY REPORTS before Tuesday’s session at 2:00PM.
This is where you find the list of all the state Rules Committee Members. Time is of the essence so do your part by following the above simple steps and share this everywhere.
We all need to be RENEGADES GOING ROGUE to make some noise!
GET YOUR GRRR ON!
Thomas S Schmitz
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