I had some requests to provide updates specifically on the national delegates. Here is how the nominating process was reported to us at the convention floor, and the results.
The "Too Long ; Didn't Read" version of events is that Romney took 100% of Idaho's delegates and 100% of Idaho's alternates, though we might have been able to negotiate for seats as some of our state's 64 allowed "official guests" which can get promoted to alternates to fill vacant spots (at the discretion of Idaho’s delegation chair).
Let me preface the rest of this report by saying that the Romney For President campaign chose Idaho as one of only five states for a special partnership whereby the campaign gave the state GOP $5 million USD in exchange for a close partnership with the campaign on the Nov election in the states near that partner state. For Idaho, that means we will be taking that money and in exchange working on the general election races in Montana, Washington, Nevada, Wyoming, Oregon, etc. So our state party received $5 MILLION in exchange for a very exclusive and close working relationship with the Romney campaign.
That should set the tone for the events of the convention. Now for the details.
I have a lot of crazy stories of political maneuvering. The main event from the convention is that rural Idaho's Mormon population + all the liberty minded urban voters (aka Ron Paul supporters) were able to fight off a challenge by urban Idaho's Mormon population + the party establishment for the state party chair position.
There were 3 main portions of the convention:
- General Assembly Meetings
- Political wrangling behind the scenes leading up to the convention.
I'll break these up in different posts so that I can get these articles posted as soon as possible.
The take away events from the convention were:
- Formation of a new Idaho chapter of the Republican Liberty Caucus, an umbrella caucus for those Republican's not firmly in the back pocket of the party establishment and concerned with matters of civil rights, liberty, transparency, and the US Constitution (code words used to identify out us as "Ron Paul" types).
I am the secretary for this newly chartered chapter of this national caucus.
- Vandersloot's East Idaho Mormons + party establishment lose their race for the state party chair to rural Idaho's Mormons + North & West Idaho + Liberty caucus members.
- Credentials sub-committee ignores Idaho State Law and Idaho GOP party rules and toss out a complaint lodged against an illegally conducted Re-Org meeting in Benewah County.
- State wide factions identified and we clearly are not in a majority....yet. We control about 25-35% of the delegates. And Growing! That is fantastic progress over the past 10 years.
Except for all that time I spent wearing a 3 piece suit, it was pretty fun.
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• Married, father of 2 children, employed in software industry.
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• Meridian resident for 5 years & Idaho resident since 1995
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