HOW MUCH YOU WANT TO BET THAT THE NEVADA STATE GOP CALL THE CONVENTION BACK TO ORDER SUNDAY MORNING? – Think the Ron Paul supporters will hear about it? – I’ll bet the rules allow them to call it with as few as however many delegates they need. So even 50 Ron Paul Supporters there might be good insurance,… but then you’d have to find the Denny’s they are at 🙂
1417 is the number of credentialed delegates that can vote and a quorum is 709.
(Comment by: kedinger
Entered on: 2008-04-26 20:30:33
The number of seated delegates was 1347, the larger number was the total attendees with delegates, press, and guests.)
At the beginning of the Convention the State GOP/McCain campaign tried to limit who could be considered delegates (this is how they determined who was _not_ on that list “Nevada GOP Plays Games Ahead of State Convention by Brock Lorber“). This prompted a floor fight that went on for hours. The record crowd wondered why they were there if the people to be voted on were already predetermined.
Already the 3 congressional districts national delegates are… (3 delegates for each Congressional District) One district has awarded all 3 to Ron Paul, the second district went, One for Ron Paul, One for John McCain and One for NV. US Senator John Ensign and the third congressional district is unknown since the convention authorities won’t tell.
Nevada State Senator Bob Beers is also permanent chair of the convention. He approached the podium at 6pm banged gavel and said we lost the room, we’re in recess and have to figure out another way another time to elect the remaining 22 delegates to the national convention and left the room…. but a quorum was present and the people were not finished 🙂
After the hotel stated that they had no problem with another 3 hours of room use someone tried turning off the lights.
After running off as many as possible during the confusion the lights started coming back on. Ron Paul supporters are now getting as many back as possible to get the 709 needed to continue to vote for the 22 more delegates that need to be elected.
The lights are back on and now the microphones are coming back on and the convention chair is being asked to take a qurorum count,…. Bob Beers is nowhere to be found soooo….
Brock Lorber our on the scene correspondent (and delegate) will call me back with more shortly :). I’ll get it to you as I hear about it while I am now in Washington DC (gott’a love the Internet and modern communications 🙂
Brock just called and said that the convention chair refused to reappear. A quorum call was taken and they were short of the 709 by over 100 (I think he said 580 something). Observers to the congressional delegate count told them the numbers of the delegates from the congressional delegates for the two districts that they were involved in but the third district ballots have been confiscated by the GOP and sealed and so have the other two congressional districts without an official report to the convention.
Now the remaining 500+ delegates to the convention are acting as a ‘Committee of the Whole’ to verify WHAT THE HELL IS GOING TO HAPPEN.
I talked to several Ron Paul delegates at the convention that confirmed how the State GOP tried multiple methods to limit which delegates were to be selected from and when that didn’t work their next tactic was to drag out the process as long as possible to claim that there was no more time and end the process. Once this was done all of the McCain/GOP suits left.
I was also told that CSPAN began covering the Convention but soon left after it was clear that it was getting more complicated than could be rationally explained on TV.
Brock called again to say that a second call for a quorum was taken and it fell short. When it was clear that it was over and the delegates began to leave they found over 50 people standing in another room wanting to be around in case there was a quorum met but didn’t want it to happen so they hid 🙂
Nevada State Senator Bob Beers, convention chair, told Brian Komisky (Ron Paul’s Southern Nevada chair) that most likely the convention will come out of recess in Las Vegas… (Mitt Romney was there to support McCain so maybe he and his supporters have a plan to meet at a secure location)
9:30pm update (Nevada Time)
Confirmed by delegates who witnessed a conversation between the state party chairwoman, Sue Lowden at just before 6pm, with counters from the counting room and McCain functionaries that of the 9 Congressional Delegates up for grabs – 7 had gone to Ron Paul. These numbers were told to the state party chair and the McCain campaign people implored the chair to stop the State Convention. Soon after this conversation the Convention chair, Nevada US Senator Bob Beers, put the Convention in recess and the lights were turned off.
A 5th delegate in attendance just reported to me that just before 6pm there were several women running through the crowd looking for McCain supporters. Declaring to be a McCain supporter she was told that they all had to get out of the convention hall immediately. The delegate argued that a lot of party business was yet to be finished (Platform, delegates etc.) but was told that they would conduct business by email if they had to but that the Ron Paul people had taken over the convention and they had to get under the number needed to have a quorum.
Another delegate told me that they heard the Convention chair, Nevada State Senator Bob Beers say, “I’ll save you the trouble, I’m making the announcement that we are out of time”.
I’m really looking forward to the details of how a bunch of “non-existant” freedom supporters exposed the GOP for what it is. THIS is the WIN that I have been working very hard for. It is the “system” that is the enemy (and the Bad Guys that always wind up in charge of it).