Wednesday, August 29, 2012
An Embarrassing Moment for Nebraska
These folks deserved to be heard when it came time for the delegations to cast their votes. Most states, proud or not, cast their delegate votes for Romney, Santorum or Paul.
Sadly, Mark Fahleson, the Chairman of the Nebraska Republican Party, and the Nebraska Republican Delegation (most of whom were on a boat rather than on the floor of the convention at the time) chose to repeat their 2008 tradition of not casting the votes of all of the duly elected delegates. In fact, when it came time to cast those votes, Fahleson cast only 33 votes for Romney and failed to cast or acknowledge the two delegates who were committed to Ron Paul.
Those two delegates and the efforts of the Ron Paul folks who worked so hard to organize and elect delegates in Nebraska deserved to be recognized.
Perhaps if the Nebraska Republican Party leadership had openly faced and reacted to the Ron Paul effort in 2008, things would have been different this year. They didn't and were surprised by the Paul effort, but only because of their denial and inaction.
If the Paul folks are to be welcomed and encouraged to join and become part of the overall Nebraska Republican Party efforts, they shouldn't be ignored or shunned. Nor should their efforts and accomplishments.
Mark Fahleson and the Nebraska Republican Party should be ashamed of their actions by not acknowledging and casting those two votes for Ron Paul yesterday.