By Steven R. Maher
On April 28, 2012, a small band of party faithful pulled off a tremendous upset, defeating Mitt Romney backers to elect 17 delegates to the Republican national convention in August. Routed were the most prominent names the Grand Old Party had to offer. The defeated included the last two Republican Gubernatorial nominees, Charles D. Baker and former Lieutenant Governor Kerry Healey; the two highest elected GOP officials at the state level, state Senate Minority Leader Minority Leader Bruce E. Tarr and House minority leader Bradford Jones; and such local GOP luminaries as Worcester County Sheriff Lew Evangelides, State Representative Paul Frost, State Representative Matt Beaton, and State Representative Kim Ferguson.
The Romney loyalists ran as the “Official Romney Slate”. The insurgents were Ron Paul supporters running as “The Ronald Reagan Liberty Slate”. The challengers were a throwback to the era of Republican President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who achieved balanced budgets and showed a marked distaste for putting American troops in harm’s way. They wanted their GOP, the party of Lincoln and Reagan, back from the warmongers who had hijacked it. They were, as one told the Worcester Telegram, “the Republican wing of the Republican party.”
“Many of the people supporting us went for Obama in the last election,” commented the group’s “lead organizer” Bradford P. Wyatt. “They heard the message of liberty of Dr. Ron Paul. They came to embrace it and got active.”
And then, in a shabby, dirty trick worthy of a Billy Bulger at his worst, Romney loyalists, in a closed door meeting, thwarted the democratic process and refused to validate the 17 delegates. In doing so, they demonstrated an attitude conservatives impute to Democratic ultra-liberals: a disregard for the rank and file’s intelligence, that the citizenry were too stupid to make their own decisions.
“The Republican party has proven itself to be thoroughly corrupt,” posted Joe Smolski on the Liberty website maintained by Wyatt’s group. “Dirty tricks at state caucuses have been reported from all over the country. Click to continue »