Updated – Virginia RNC Delegation Prevented From Voting on Rules Changes
The Virginia delegation to the RNC, one of the most outspoken against the proposed rules changes to the RNC which would destroy grassroots influence on the national party, was ‘delayed’ due to transportation issues which prevented them from being able to cast key votes. Virginia was not alone as the delegations from Rhode Island, Iowa and Minnesota, all of which also coincidentally opposed the proposed rules changes were also ‘delayed.’ This prevented an opposition minority report from being able to be brought to the floor for a vote.
John Brill, the Roanoke City GOP Unit Chair had this to say,
“The bus to pick up the VA delegation was over an hour late and took a very long route to get to the convention. Why? Because Morton Blackwell was on the bus. To get the Minority report out of the Rules committee needed Morton Blackwell’s vote. That kept Morton and the vast majority of our delegation away from the convention long enough for the rules committee to close its business so that a Minority report would not reach the convention floor.
Pat Mullins and Morton Blackwell led the entire VA delegation in opposition to the power grab coming out of the rules committee.
On the convention floor the Chairman ignored calls for division over the Rules Committee report. The RNC shut out all opposing voices over the Rules report.”
“The Virginia and Rhode Island delegations are apparently being blocked from entering the Republican National Convention. They’re keeping us all on a bus and not allowing us in the security perimeter.”
“We are currently investigating the circumstances surrounding the delay of the Virginia delegation’s arrival to the Republican National Convention. While it is possible the delay is attributable to human error, the timing of the delay has led many to suspect ulterior motives. our request, which I believe is being met, is that the Rules Committee be reconvened to allow a full and fair discussion of the contested issues. If an open vote is allowed on the contested issues, I am willing to give them the benefit of the doubt. The Romney campaign has been informed of the intensity of our feeling on this matter, and I trust they will act accordingly.”
The bus finally dropped us off six blocks from the convention center with no directions. When I got to the gate I was told I didn’t have a 2 badge. I was turned away. I’m hanging around outside texting to find out what is going on. I was just texted that we lost. Sad day for Liberty! America will now run presidential politics much like Russia does.
“I was on that bus with Christopher Stearns, Morton Blackwell and RPV Chairman Pat Mullens. Our bus was redirected in a circular driving pattern around the Times Forum Venue four times, in heavy traffic. My opinion, this was no accidental, mistake. Our delegation was 100 percent against the rules changes. We were literally thwarted from entering the Tampa Times Forum in a timely manner…… we stopped the bus finally and we got off the bus and walked many blocks to get to the convention and our Rules committee attendees arrived just in time to have their meeting concluded……these are the facts…you decide what it means……very sad day for our republic. Power talks…….RNC to us……you lost move on…..Don’t go away mad, just go away.”