The Nevada Republican Party's executive committee decided Wednesday on a July 26 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 wrapped up a process that had been in the works "from Day One," said Zachary Moyle, the state GOP's executive director. Despite the decision, Paul supporters planned to resume the convention a month earlier, on June 28 in Reno - but Moyle said that event wouldn't be officially recognized.
"We are excited about completing business and moving on towards our end goal of electing Republicans in November," stated Chairman Sue Lowden. "Our executive committee has worked hard to secure a location, insurance, and the necessary security precautions for the reconvening of the convention."
The convention will be held in the same place it started, at the Peppermill hotel-casino in Reno. Moyle said the 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. 1-4 in St. Paul, Minn.
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.
Dr. Wayne Terhune, a Sparks dentist and Paul supporter, said he and other Republicans who want the June 28 convention are sticking with that plan. He has offered to pay for a big room at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno to resume the convention on the earlier date. 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.
"We have heard from hundreds of people who want this," said Terhune. "We think we can get a quorum."
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.