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  Ron Paul [Mass.] delegates fight GOP on ouster
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Last EditedHomegrown Democrat  Jul 30, 2012 02:35pm
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AuthorStephanie Ebbert
News DateMonday, July 30, 2012 08:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionSixteen Republicans elected to represent Massachusetts at the national convention in Tampa next month have filed a formal challenge with the Republican National Committee, saying they were unfairly disqualified based on state GOP leaders’ concerns about their fealty to presumptive presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

The group of delegates — originally supporters of Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul — were elected in April caucuses at which they unexpectedly defeated many of Romney’s chosen delegates, but they have been since disqualified by state party officials.

“In short, the Massachusetts Republican Party changed the rules,” the delegates wrote in a letter to the national committee.

The filing sets off a formal but uphill process for the would-be delegates, who hope to convince national party officials that they are being unfairly excluded from the Republican National Convention, to be held Aug. 27-30 in Tampa. An RNC committee is expected to consider the challenge by mid-August, but the party is not expected to make a decision until the week before the convention.
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