Ron Paul Threatens to Disrupt WA GOP Caucus

SEATTLE (AP) — Ron Paul’s presidential campaign on Wednesday threatened to fight the seating of some Washington delegates to the Republican National Convention, saying there is a lack of transparency in how party officials from the state’s largest county are chosen.

Paul’s claim came three days before Washington’s Republican caucuses on Saturday.

Kirby Wilbur, the state GOP Party chairman, said Paul’s accusations are “baseless.” A lawyer for Paul’s campaign sent a letter to Wilbur and Lori Sotelo, head of the King County Republican Party. The Paul campaign said the King County GOP violated party rules by not revealing the names of certain party officials, known as precinct committee officers, who will take part in the caucuses.

“Their concern is that they appointed all these last-minute, anti-Ron Paul PCOs, but there’s no proof,” Wilbur told The Associated Press.

In the letter to Wilbur and Sotelo, Paul’s campaign said precinct committee delegates who are automatic delegates to the state convention must have been appointed by Dec. 14, 2011. Paul’s campaign has asked for a list of these officials. Wilbur said Sotelo will make them available to the Paul campaign, as well as to the other GOP presidential campaigns, on Friday. Other counties in the state have already given their lists of officials to the Paul campaign, Wilbur said.

The Paul campaign said it will contact the King County party officials in question, and if it determines they were offered the jobs after Dec. 14 it will fight to keep them from taking part in the state caucuses, as well as the national convention.

Wilbur said state party lawyers have assured him that King County Republicans have done nothing wrong. He said the Dec. 14, cutoff is there to prevent county party chairmen from “stacking the deck” for individual candidates.

“When they examine the record, they’ll find that they haven’t done that,” Wilbur said. “What she did was legal.”

Washington has 43 delegates. But the caucus vote is done as a straw poll and does not allocate the 40 delegates that will be elected in June. Delegates chosen at the precinct level will go to county conventions, which will be used to choose delegates for the state convention. Only once delegates are elected at the end of the convention, on June 2, will they be officially allocated to candidates.

— Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. Associated Press writer Rachel La Corte contributed to this report.

  • Kaptain Kanada

    I predicted this a month or so back… First the vote count fraud and now delegate appointment fraud. The GOP machine is just as corrupt as the Dem one, and little wonder as they’re both owned by the same banksters and war profiteers.
    Ron Paul is the choice of the American people, not the liars and frauds.

  • Mark

    No kidding……..having to fight your own party…. who are openly biased towards you is just down right wrong. Stacking the deck brings on leagel issues and rightfully so……..

    “Their concern is that they appointed all these last-minute, anti-Ron Paul PCOs, but there’s no proof,”

    What a bag licker. In otherwords…….yeah, yeah,yeah……..prove it if you can.
    You guys are in a lot of trouble over there. I live under the olygarky rule…..The UK. We were born into slavery.

    I wish you all the best …
    Ron Paul 2012
    Aberdeen, Scotland

  • rob

    If the above Ron Paul claims are true, it shows a big difference between the caucus proceedures of our state’s two major parties. In the Democratic Caucus cycle, the PCOs conduct the precinct caucus for their respective precincts where it is the constituents of the precincts that select their representative delegates from among themselves. PCOs are not automatically delegates to the state convention. This is true grassroots democracy at work. And we prefer to have our PCOs chosen by their neighbors in elections whenever possible, and not be selected by party machines with an agenda.

  • PCUberalles

    If you understand what they are doing it is against the rules. Essentially PCO’s are automatic delegates and there were tons of open PCO positions before the deadline for adding new PCO’s. The republican party here is attempting to block Ron Paul supporters from getting delegate positions by appointing PCO’s past the deadline. This is against the parties own rules and is certainly worthy of the Paul campaign calling them out on it. Shame on you WA Republican Party. The Republican party doesn’t realize by blocking Ron Paul and other bias’ they are alienating people they will need to win over to even get a victory over Obama, but wait a minute both parties are owned by the same corporate interests and lobbying groups so they wont really mind that will they?

    Ron Paul 2012 – The only REAL choice.

  • John

    This article is not quite correct. PCO’s in King County are automatic delegates to their respective State Legislative District Caucus. It is from the Leg. District caucus that delegates to the state convention are elected. PCO’s are not automatic delegates to the state convention, I know, I am a PCO.

    Also, King County is the only county that goes by the Leg District since it is so large. All the other counties have a county convention where they elect the delegates

    Go Ron Paul

  • mimi

    Go Ron Paul. We Americans need you in the White House!

  • Doug Parris

    Kirby’s assertion that the Paul allegations are baseless is baseless. King County openly and clearly violated the disclosure rule. It is RULE #1 in the 2012 Convention Caucus Procedures Rulebook. Yesterday Sotelo privately sent her appointed delegates an email suggesting that they should keep their mouths shut when contacted by investigators. The rumor is that Federal Laws have been broken.

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