Missouri GOP Playing Machine Politics with Ron Paul Delegates

Tue Mar 25, 2008 2:16pm EDT

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ARLINGTON, Va.--(Business Wire)--
The Ron Paul campaign has been receiving reports that Missouri GOP
rules have been violated in the set-up and execution of several county
Republican caucuses. Ron Paul supporters in Missouri have been
attending their county caucuses and electing Ron Paul delegates to be
seated at the Missouri Republican State Convention. However, there are
concerns that many Ron Paul delegates to the Missouri Republican State
Convention were disenfranchised and not properly seated.

   On Thursday, March 20, campaign field director Debbie Hopper
visited the Missouri state GOP headquarters to request a copy of the
records needed to obtain the information to file challenges. She was
told in front of witnesses that she could not view the report. To
obtain the needed information, Ms. Hopper then used the contact
information of county chairs listed on the state GOP website. On
Saturday, March 22, the webpage containing their contact information
had been removed.

   The Paul campaign believes that a handful of GOP officials are
playing machine politics and breaking their own rules to
disenfranchise Paul supporters.

   "The Republican party is in trouble and needs more participants in
2008, not less," said campaign manager Lew Moore. "It makes no sense
for Missouri party leaders to exclude and marginalize the new
activists they badly need to work at every level this fall."

   Republican presidential candidate and Texas Congressman Ron Paul's
supporters have been highly successful in several Missouri counties.
In St. Charles County (suburb of St. Louis), Paul supporters filled
241 of the 274 country Republican delegate slots. In Jackson County
(Kansas City), Paul supporters filled 162 of 187 delegate slots. And
in Greene County (Springfield), Paul supporters filled 72 of 112
delegate slots.

Ron Paul 2008 Presidential Campaign Committee
Jesse Benton, 703-248-9115

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