February 28, 2020
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Ron Paul delegates get worse seats than Republicans from Guam, Samoa

Edmund D. Fountain | Tampa Bay Times
Edmund D. Fountain | Tampa Bay Times
Crowds cheered as RNC Chairman Reince Priebus announced the intention of the Republican National Convention to nominate former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as candidates for president and vice president of the United States in Tampa, Monday.

There’s a heavy price to be paid if you’re a Ron Paul support in Mitt Romney’s city.

For one thing, you get a seat on the fringes of the convention arena.

How far from the podium are Paul-dominated delegations sitting?

Let’s put it this way. Delegates from U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, American Samoa and the Northern Marianas Islands get better seats than Ron Paul’s supporters.

The Marianas entourage managed to wangle some really good seats — next to the Michigan delegation (Mitt Romney’s native state).

According to a convention seating chart obtained by POLITICO, “the delegations from Nevada, Louisiana, Maine, Minnesota and Oklahoma all located on the outer fringe of the convention floor. Each are states with significant Paul followings.”

Nevada is considered one of nine swing states that will decide the presidential election.

Paul loyalists complain that they have been treated unfairly by Romney-controlled convention officials.

“I think it may be time we audit the RNC [Republican National Committee],” Paul supporter Justin Amash, a congressman from Michigan said Sunday, taking a cue from Paul’s “audit the Fed” legislative proposal.

Ashley Ryan, a Maine delegate, urged her fellow Paul supporters to “keep fighting.”

“We have come so far in this fight for liberty,” she said.

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