New RNC rules may diminish grassroots influence
POSTED: Wednesday, August 29, 2012 - 4:37pm
UPDATED: Thursday, August 30, 2012 - 7:36pm
TYLER — The Republican National Convention hasn't been very friendly at times since it started.
A disagreement over rule changes is upsetting many...especially Ron Paul supporters.
The original version of "Rule 16," according to a CNN report, would have allowed presidential nominees like Romney to veto delegates if they weren't voting in their favor.
After overwhelming backlash, the approved version says almost the same thing, but the nominee would have to consult with the state party before selecting the delegates...according to the Huffington Post.
It's a decision that still makes things difficult for grassroots movements like the Tea Party...and making something like a Ron Paul nomination nearly impossible.
"I thought it was a farce. I was offended. They mowed over the grassroots and told them to sit down and shut up," said Tammy Blair with the Tyler Tea Party.
Blair says grassroots movements like the Tea Party are responsible for reinvigorating the Republican party...
If it weren't for groups like them, she says Reagan would never have been elected.