Remember reading about the unsanctioned state GOP convention in Reno and all the “disenfranchised” Ron Paul supporters a few weeks ago? If not, the sum up is that a defiant posse of Paul fans held their own convention in June after the NV GOP shut down its April 26th convention because there were too few delegates to call a quorum.
When the NV GOP refused to recognize the gathering of Paulsters (also because there were too few delegates to satisfy party rules), Paul devotees said they would take their fight to the National Convention in Minnesota in September and/or that they would appeal their case to the RNC. Then, in a move many saw as futile, the Paul peeps filed a motion with the district court seeking a preliminary injunction restraining the NV GOP from submitting its list of delegates for September.
The update is that the Second District Court sided with the U.S. Supreme Court precedent yesterday. The court said Party disputes are best left to the Parties (and not to judges) and rejected the motion by the wannabe Ron Paul delegates from Nevada.
NV GOP chairwoman Sue Lowden now reports that the executive board of the NV GOP met last night to finish convention business. The party’s 12-member board decided not to reconvene the State Convention and instead to accept the nominating committee’s recommendations for delegates.
Lowden says delegates were not asked which candidate they support and that the criteria for choosing involved consideration for a “fair balance throughout the state,” their service to the party, political recommendations, and military service.
National Committeeman Joe Brown, Committeewoman Beverly Willard, and Chairman Sue Lowden are automatic delegates under RNC rules. The remaining delegates will be notified this week and then submitted to the RNC for approval. Nevada has 34 delegates to the National Convention.