Battle Over State Republican Delegates Continues

By: Daniel Chanin Email
By: Daniel Chanin Email

The mess that started with the State Republican Convention continues to drag on, even after the party named its list of delegates.

The controversy could make for an even bigger mess at the National Convention.

That's the last thing anyone really wants, but it may be inevitable. Two sets of delegates are likely headed to St. Paul for the National Convention, but there's a possibility that neither will be recognized.

"I've never seen a process used like this in the State of Nevada," says Mike Weber who's actively been challenging this year's process. "Therefore, I'm going back to defend the process that's always been the traditional election and convention processes in the State."

Weber is one of a handful of Republicans who will be going to Minnesota to question the legitimacy of the State's list of delegates. As things stand right now, the Republican National Committee says it will only recognize the three highest ranking committee members on that list. But a member of presumptive nominee John McCain's camp issued a statement saying it will fight to see that the entire delegation is seated. The debate puts those delegates like Washoe County Republican Chair Heidi Smith in a difficult position.

"We, the delegates, who were on the State will go to the convention in Minnesota," says Smith. "Whether we can be seated on the floor is up for debate and question."

Another set of delegates elected at what was billed as a re-convention in June will likely be joining Smith in St. Paul. That group mostly consists of Ron Paul supporters like Dr. Wayne Terhune who felt cheated by the state's list of delegates, which they say lacks representation for the Texas congressman.

Terhune feels so betrayed that he is planning on driving nearly two thousand miles to plead his case, without an appointment or even the slightest clue of what will happen when he gets there.

"We still feel our June 28th convention is legal," says Terhune. "But I have no idea what to expect, I've never been there before."

The Republican National Convention runs September 1 through September 4. But even after it wraps up, there's a good chance the legal battles will continue. Terhune has already indicated he will likely file federal lawsuits against the state GOP.


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