Paul Coup in Minnesota GOP
Ron Paul emerged from the Minnesota state Republican Party convention
in St. Cloud with a clean sweep, winning nearly all the national
convention delegates available for his presidential campaign in
addition to a party endorsement
of the Paul-aligned U.S. Senate candidate Kurt Bills. According
to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Paul's campaign organized
at the precinct, congressional, and state levels to win the 13 delegates
chosen May 19 at the state convention. One Paul-aligned prospective
delegate graciously stepped aside resulting in Paul garnering
12 of the 13 available slots so local Congresswoman and former
presidential candidate Michele Bachmann could attend the Tampa national
convention as a delegate.
delegates won prior to the state convention, the Paul campaign has
32 of the 40 national delegates selected in Minnesota, a state where
Paul had handily lost
the caucus to Rick Santorum.
over GOP presidential delegates is only part of Paul's agenda. He
intends to influence local political races, in addition to independents
and Democrats. There is a revolution in ideas going on,
Representative Paul told
the audience to raucous applause in a May 18 evening speech, and
isn't a narrow revolution. It isn't just a conservative group in
the Republican Party. It's much, much bigger than this. I am convinced
that we have good support in the Republican Party for liberty ideas.
But I am convinced ... for every vote we get in the Republican primaries
that there are at least two votes who are independent or even Democrats
who will look at these serious principles of limited government,
personal liberty, less war and doing something with the Federal
presidential nomination by the GOP is not likely to happen, his
movement has seen stunning successes in congressional primaries
and nomination of state party leadership. I was glad to see
my son win, Paul told
the audience. And I'd be glad to see Kurt Bills win.
Bills had received the endorsement
of Congressman Ron Paul as well as the endorsement
of Paul's son, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul. Minnesota State House
Speaker Kurt Zellers had also thrown
his political weight behind Bills.
endorsement by the Minnesota GOP convention had been expected, but
not not his overwhelming victory against better-funded opponents.
to the Minnesota's Bemidji Pioneer for May 19: It
wasnt close among the 2,000 state convention delegates: Bills
won with 64 percent of state party convention vote, well ahead of
21 percent for Dan Severson and 15 percent for Pete Hegseth.
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