If you were a delegate chosen at a local level to represent the Republican Party at the national convention and then you were forced to sign a affidavit in support of Mitt Romney would you sign?
Delegates in the state of Massachusetts have been "disqualified" from attending the national convention in Tampa because they failed to sign a pledge to support Mitt Romney. Most of the delegates have been identified as supporters of Ron Paul.
From the Boston Globe:
Evan Kenney had just turned 18 and registered to vote for the first time when he campaigned to be an alternate delegate to the Republican National Convention. Lauding Ronald Reagan’s principles and blasting Keynesian economics at the Lynnfield caucus in April, the Wakefield High School senior beat out several well-known Massachusetts Republicans, including the party’s most recent nominee for governor, Charles D. Baker Jr.
But earlier this month, Kenney was one of 17 delegates and alternates disqualified by a Republican committee deciding who gets to represent Massachusetts Republicans at the national convention in Tampa. Kenney and others had failed to deliver in time an affidavit swearing, under the penalty of perjury, that they would support Mitt Romney’s nomination for president.
An affidavit is never mentioned in the Republican Party’s rules for selecting delegates and has never been required of delegates in the past, GOP critics say. Suspicions are steep this year because Kenney and the others are supporters of Ron Paul, the libertarian candidate whose quixotic campaign for president culminated in an effort to take over state caucuses nationwide. The delegates must vote for Romney, based on his strong primary win in Massachusetts, but Paul’s supporters hope to use the convention to draw attention to his agenda, including auditing the Federal Reserve and requiring wars to be declared by Congress.
It is interesting to see that the Romney campaign has to result to thug tactics to ensure that he receives the nomination for President. When did we start living in a country that would stifle people's right to vote, whether that is in a nominating process or a electoral process?
The tactics that have been used by the Romney people are a big reason why a lot of people like myself have a very hard time trying to lend our support to this candidate. We stand on principle and when you are trying to pull information into your head as to why I should support Mitt Romney here comes a story like this that just changes the whole situation.