Paul supporters lose Maine fight

August 28, 2012
(Photo by Jason Horowitz)

Supporters of Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) just lost a voice vote to seat more of their delegates from Maine.

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus just declared that the credentials report passed by voice vote, but Paul supporters were very loud. Some in the crowded shouted down the next speaker, chanting "seat Maine now," "seat them now" and "point of order" to protest the ruling. The speaker even tried to suggest they were chanting "USA! USA!" Priebus had to step in and gavel the crowd back into order.

"We're fighting for our brothers and sisters of Maine. We sat here and objected," said Harrison Whitaker, a delegate from Texas who said he would vote for Romney but supports Paul. "We don't want to see people get cheated. Stuff like this, it's so disheartening."

"Maine got screwed of half their delegates. They got taken away and were replaced by people the RNC picked," said Jorge Landivar, another Paul supporter who is a Texas delegate.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.
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