Ron Paul Supporters “Hijack” Minnesota Delegates

This is too funny, let me explain what happened. Apparently some delegates made it through the Minnesota state party convention by claiming to be pledged to John McCain. Well at the end, they all announced for Ron Paul and it caused quite a brouhaha.

Here’s the story on it from WorldNetDaily:

BLAINE, Minn. – Ron Paul supporters shook things up in at least three of Minnesota’s congressional district conventions yesterday when they captured nearly all of the national delegates and alternates for the Republican National Convention this fall.

There was controversy at Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District Convention. The district covers part of the Twin Cities metro area and extends to the west and into nearby St. Cloud, Minn. Paul supporters were accused of dirty tricks.

“They hijacked the convention,” said Jeff Johnson who serves as Minnesota’s Senate District 15 co-chairman.

Two out of three national delegates elected were Ron Paul supporters and all three of the alternates supported Paul. After the election results were announced at the convention, they were immediately disputed when it was discovered that the candidates had agreed to support John McCain in pre-screening questions.

“I had people coming up to me saying that they wanted to ensure that Ron Paul has a chance to speak at the convention,” said Andy Aplikowski, the vice chairman of the 6th District in Anoka County, “These people hid what their intentions were and that’s deceptive.”

Too funny and it shows the Paul supporters are still out there causing the mayhem in support of their candidate.

More of the story:

Prior to the voting, candidates running to be national delegates were screened by a nominating committee and asked two questions.

“We asked them if they were Republican and then asked if they would support John McCain at the national convention” said Aplikowski. “They had the option to answer yes, no, or maybe.”

The answers to these questions were then presented to the body of congressional delegates to take into consideration in the voting process. When it was discovered the elected national delegates were Paul supporters despite saying they would support McCain, the convention erupted in debate.

A motion was made to ensure the delegates supported McCain at the national convention.

Technically the only thing they did wrong was openly state support for McCain, only to change it when elected as a delegate. Eventually the Paul supporters were neutralized:

A heated debate lasting more than an hour followed the motion. Eventually, the motion passed by a slim margin, but not without harsh words and harsh exchanges.

The feeling among many of the congressional delegates who voted was that the Paul supporters had been dishonest. Ron Baert, one of the elected national delegates and a Ron Paul supporter disagreed.

“I don’t recall the exact wording of the question (about McCain), and so I wanted to clarify it,” he said. “So I said that the endorsement hasn’t even taken place yet, but that if McCain were endorsed I would support him, however I did not say I would vote to endorse him at the national convention.”

Anyone have some video? I’d love to see it. I’ll keep digging but post if you find any.