RLC Urges Delegates to Oppose Rule Changes
The GOP Should Remain a Bottom-up Organization, Not a Tool of Special Interests
WASHINGTON, DC – The National Board of the Republican Liberty Caucus and our chapters across the nation have united to express our concern and dismay over attempts to modify the rules of the Republican Party to reduce the power of the grassroots and centralize control of the party in the hands of party insiders and the presidential campaign. On Monday the National Board passed the following resolution in opposition to proposed rule changes:
“The National Board of the Republican Liberty Caucus strongly opposes recently proposed changes to the party rules which would give the Republican National Committee unprecedented centralized authority over the presidential nomination process, overriding the autonomy of the states and their long established electoral traditions. We also object strenuously to new rules which would empower the Republican National Committee to change the rules under which it operates between conventions without approval of the body of delegates representing the party membership. These proposed rule changes are tyrannical, contrary to the principles of republican governance and hostile to the interests of the grassroots of the party. Together they constitute an attempt to shift the power in the party from the state parties and their members to an elite establishment which answers primarily to special interests and powerful politicians, a corruption of our party which we believe all true Republicans will find unacceptable.”
Many Republican Liberty Caucus members are in Tampa as part of their state delegations. Many are young activists who are attending the convention for the first time. They are getting a harsh lesson in power politics as party leaders clamp down on dissent and use draconian measures to reduce the ability of rank and file party members to influence the electoral process and party policy.
National Delegate Rob Tyree of the Republican Liberty Caucus of Nevada observed that “The rules amendments proposed by lobbyist and political consultant Ben Ginsberg would completely change the structure of the Republican Party into a leadership-first, top-down organization. Under these proposed rules, grassroots activists would be relegated to being nothing more than a pool of free labor, rather than acting as the heart and soul of the party as they do now. I would suggest that anyone interested in being part of a party with that type of leadership structure should consider paying a visit to Charlotte, NC next week.”
“As I read these rules,” said Laura Ebke of the RLC of Nebraska, “I can’t help but believe that it effectively stomps out grassroots efforts, and will be especially harmful to the party in small counties around the state. I hope that Nebraska’s delegation will vote NO on the rules changes.” Jeff Larson of the Texas delegation echoed “The proposed rules represent a long term threat to the ability of the grassroots to represent themselves within the party.”
“This attempt to seize control of the party and exclude dissenting voices is contrary to Republican traditions and a sign of weakness n the leadership,” said Republican Liberty Caucus National Chairman Dave Nalle. “Letting those who disagree with party policy or who don’t like the presumptive nominee air their views would help build unity. Silencing and excluding them by changing the rules drives wedges between factions and weakens the party going into this vital election.”