STATEMENT OF MAINE RLC CHAIR R. KENNETH LINDELL
REGARDING REPUBLICAN CONVENTION RULES
CONTACT: KEN LINDELL 207-446-0966
“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.
“Maine RLC salutes Governor Paul LePage for his act of principled courage by refusing to attend the Republican National Convention in protest to its arbitrary action of denying duly-elected Maine delegates their seats as part of this power play by entrenched political interests.”