RNC Legal Counsel: Delegates are unbound, Ron Paul poised to win the nomination

In what may be the most stunning revelation of the ongoing GOP presidential nomination process, it has been discovered that in 2008, the RNC Legal Counsel legally interpreted the RNC rules and concluded that all delegates, regardless of state party rules, could vote for whomever he or she chooses at the Republican National Convention. This legal inquiry by the RNC was the result of a delegate’s desire not to vote for a candidate who did not represent his principles. The significance of this legal interpretation by the RNC lawyers is that all delegates are free to vote for any candidate regardless of any such “binding”. Because the RNC was the organization that conducted this legal examination, their ruling trumps all state GOP rules.

In the past, “bound” delegates have attempted to vote for a candidate they were not “bound” to and not once have they been disallowed. Not only is there credible legal interpretation of this scenario, it has been found that there has never been a “bounded” delegate forced upon his or her will to vote for a “designated” candidate by his or her state GOP party. This ruling has the potential to unseat Mitt Romney as the “inevitable nominee” with Ron Paul supporters winning delegate positions in multiple states. Paul supporters are also becoming delegates that are “bound” to vote for Mitt Romney as we saw recently in Massachusetts where out of the 19 delegates allocated, 16 are known Ron Paul supporters. The consensus is that if a candidate wins the primary popular vote, that candidate is awarded all delegates.

“Jennifer Sheehan, Legal Counsel for the RNC, plainly stated in a letter to Nancy Lord, Utah National Committeewoman, several weeks before the convention, ‘The RNC does not recognize a state’s binding of national delegates, but considers each delegate a free agent who can vote for whoever they choose” – Legal statement by the RNC Legal Counsel

Take it for what it says, “The RNC does NOT recognize a state’s binding of national delegates, but considers each delegate a free agent who can vote for whoever they choose.” This ruling was made by the legal counsel which solves disputes and issues regarding these types of scenarios within the Republican Party. However, recently there has been another legal analysis by a grassroots Ron Paul support group, Lawyers for Ron Paul, which interpreted that the ruling in 2008 still holds true.

“No delegate or alternate delegate shall be
bound by any attempt of any state or Congressional
district to impose the unit rule” – The Rules of the Republican Party. Rule 38, the Unit Rule.

The RNC rule book states that no state can impose a binding on any delegate. This rule is coming from the official rule book of the Republican Party. Therefore, the Party should be holding these rules in effect.

“Intimidation, threats, or coercion No person, whether acting under color of law or otherwise, shall intimidate, threaten, coerce, or attempt to intimidate, threaten, or coerce any other person for the purpose of interfering with the right of such other person to vote or to vote as he may choose, or of causing such other person to vote for, or not to vote for, any candidate for the office of President, Vice President, presidential elector, Member of the Senate, or Member of the House of Representatives, Delegates or Commissioners from the Territories or possessions, at any general, special, or primary election held solely or in part for the purpose of selecting or electing any such candidate.” – 42 USC 1971 – Sec. 1971. Voting rights.

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