Hello Ron Paul activists,
Those of you that made the February 25thRon Paul rally probably got an earful of how political campaigns were usually organized around a pseudo-military style organization. No, at the National campaign we don’t dress up in baggy BDUs and run around the hills but the hours are can till can’t, we follow a chain of command that has a plan, and zero tolerance for certain types of actions like blogging about activities or speaking to the press. That day I spoke of the need for a libertarian army composed of people who were willing to band together and give up certain liberties so as to mold the political landscape so that we would eventually be left alone.
Those of you that have joined the National Campaign as County Coordinators filled out the application, agreed to stay on point with the official campaign message, and signed a Non Disclosure Agreement. National wanted to know who you were, what your politics were, what your core values were, and if you would put aside your interests and defend Dr. Paul’s interests for the duration of the campaign.
After being asked to take the State Director position I learned that National wanted some say in who ultimately became the National Delegate Candidates for Oklahoma. Like so many of you out there that have asked me questions about the National vetting and approval process I wondered how an expert in delegates could be an expert on our delegates.
That said, it wasn’t my place to question, I had agreed and signed a contract to support Dr. Paul, not to second guess him or the staff that he depended on to run his campaign. I’d heard of the “delegate expert” responsible for sorting through lists and pulling out the best candidates and I was beginning to feel like the Tin Man in the Wizard of Oz, going off to meet the Wizard.
The process turned out to be quite different than I had anticipated. The major part was the background check and we did lose a few in that process. The campaign didn’t want some reporter looking into any of our delegate’s background and finding sufficient innuendo or rumor to harm Dr. Paul’s campaign or reputation. There will be 43 people from Oklahoma in charge of helping elect a GOP candidate, they will be under a microscope whether we like it or not.
In the end I was asked a lot of questions about the people on our list and the most important qualities once the candidate had cleared the background check was whether or not the person was a team player and would they follow directions at the convention?
See, it turned out that the very fact that a delegate candidate would submit to a background check, sign a Non Disclosure Agreement, and agree to follow the campaign strategy was a pretty important test in of itself. Given the election results, we aren’t going to win this outright with 1400 plus delegates wrapped up; it is going to take a fight at the National GOP Convention or a brokered convention to pull the numbers together for a victory for Dr. Paul.
Key to having a chance in a brokered convention is knowing that your delegates will do what they are asked. We wound up with six candidates making it past the background check and all were excellent choices given the political landscape of the current Republican Party. We should have the numbers to put our candidates in the top two slots on the initial ballot that forces a runoff vote between the top two. But only if all the Ron Paul activists fall in step and support the official Ron Paul delegate candidates. Here are the delegate candidates for Congressional District 2 ranked in order of Delegate candidate down to Alternate Delegate candidate:
No doubt there are some grassroots candidates running for the same National Delegate slots but on Saturday you have a choice. Do you support Dr. Paul or do you support unofficial candidates that are unknown to the Ron Paul National Campaign.
Someone that I used to really, really, respect and trust called a few days ago trying to get me to abandon Dr. Paul’s desire to have a hand in the delegate selection process and one of the tactics they used was asking why I was doing something that they didn’t want me to do (they being the dozen or so grassroots leaders here in the Oklahoma City area) and something that no one would appreciate anyway. I didn’t answer them as at the time I had this feeling in the pit of my stomach that this person had completely turned on me and the National Campaign. Yes they had also called for me to resign earlier but that could be explained as sheer panic and not waiting to see if I was right for calling out a corrupt GOP official (I was, that county had over 40 cases of delegates thrown out, demoted to alternate status, or new people added to closed precincts). This time there was no doubt, this person was working against my best interests as well as Dr. Paul’s best interests, blinded by what I know not. But what I would have told them was this; Dr. Paul bestowed a great honor and a great responsibility on me by choosing me as a state director. How could I turn on such a great man, one that was so sorely needed at this place in history?
So Saturday please vote for the list of official delegates, in order that is given, so that Dr. Paul has delegates that he has faith in, that will vote for Dr. Paul if they are unbound, and not “helping us repair things with the “Establishment”.”
Here is the official delegate candidate list again. Please put this in your cell phone if you can keep notes or write it down and take the list with you.
If you are a convention delegate for the second district please send me your cell phone number and I’ll add you to the texting list. We can send out texts from a cell phone to hundreds of delegates so as to coordinate voting. If we stick together we can pick up at least three delegate positions on Saturday.
During the selection process, I was asked by the National Delegate expert if any of our people would drop out if a better candidate was found and I replied that I was certain that all of them would. The expert asked me what that told me and the answer can only be that we had the right people. They are focused on the goal, not who gets the prize. That is the attitude that changes the political landscape, activists in this for change rather than in it for themselves. I’ll be attending my own District Convention on Saturday but here is a list of the National Ron Paul County Coordinators for the 2ndCongressional District. Get in touch with them before the convention and trust their judgment during the process. They are a great bunch and have worked very hard to organize their counties for Dr. Paul. If there is no name or email address by the county name, we don’t have a County Coordinator and would love to hear from anyone that is interested Here is a list of County Coordinators for the 2nd Congressional District.
ADAIR ATOKA BRYAN firstname.lastname@example.org Carol Ashley CHEROKEE email@example.com Qadoshyah Fish CHOCTAW firstname.lastname@example.org Jonathan Garrison COAL CRAIG email@example.com Jim Porter DELAWARE Notsotraditional69@yahoo.com Wayne Springer HASKELL HUGHES JOHNSTON LATIMER LEFLORE MAYES firstname.lastname@example.org Russell Wittie MCCURTAIN Mcintosh MUSKOGEE email@example.com Jodie Phipps NOWATA OKFUSKEE OKMULGEE firstname.lastname@example.org Noel Baker OTTAWA PITTSBURG PUSHMATAHA ROGERS SEQUOYAH email@example.com Anthony Jones Rally for the Republic, Al Gerhart Oklahoma State Coordinator, Ron Paul 2012 firstname.lastname@example.org 405-412-6233