CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - The Nevada Republican Party's executive
committee was expected to vote Wednesday evening on a late-July
date to resume the party's state convention that was abruptly shut
down April 26 amid complaints from a large Ron Paul contingent.
The 12-member panel is wrapping up a process that has been in the works "from Day One," said Zachary Moyle, the state GOP's executive director. He added that Paul supporters' efforts to resume the convention on June 28 in Reno wouldn't be officially recognized.
While Paul advocates have claimed that party leaders were stalling, Moyle said, "We have not changed our strategy. We have continued to plan for the state convention. We always planned for it to reconvene."
Moyle also said a late-July convention would provide plenty of time for state GOP delegates to the party's national convention to prepare for that event, scheduled for Sept. 1 in St. Paul, Minn.
Dr. Wayne Terhune, a Sparks dentist and Paul supporter, said Friday that state GOP leaders were stalling, and he was still willing to pay for a big room at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno to resume the convention.
Nearly 1,400 Nevada Republicans were at the party's April 26 convention, which ended prior to final votes on what was shaping up
as a national convention delegation with more backers for Paul than
for presumptive GOP presidential nominee John McCain.
Terhune said that under party rules the convention can reconvene as long as a majority is present. That would mean about 675 of the people who were at the April event. He said everyone who attended the earlier convention would be invited.
Paul backers were upset by the recess at the April 26 convention and expressed concern about getting fair treatment when it resumes. Party leaders have insisted the Paul supporters won't be disenfranchised.
Paul's organizers have said supporters of the Texas congressman
will turn out in force for the rest of the convention and want to make sure that the 31-member national convention delegation from Nevada isn't picked in secret.
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