Just in case: GOP rules for a convention floor fight

The possibility of a floor fight over rules for the 2016 presidential campaign is much diminished, given a compromise reached last night. See the background here and here.

But a challenge could occur. Below is a letter sent to Georgia delegates by Secretary of State Brian Kemp and Ann Lewis, the Georgia GOP’s legal counsel, on what must happen for that to happen:

Dear Delegates:

Thank you all for your calls, emails and conversations with us regarding the rules amendments. As it stands right now, there will be several minority reports offered on a host of issues. We have not received those yet but expect to when the Committee convenes. We may decide to offer our own minority report if there is not one that captures the important issues without including a whole host of other issues. We did send out a suggested compromise on Rule 15 (new 16) to all of you last night.

In addition to the amendments, we have had a good many people ask how the process works. Here it is in a nutshell.

Just like our state convention, this convention has temporary committees that work until the Convention is gaveled in and the permanent committees are appointed. The appointment of the permanent committees will happen at the beginning of today’s session.

Once appointed, the permanent committees will go off the floor to meet. For the rules committee, there will be a motion to adopt the rules with the amendments that passed last week, including the two major points of contention: Rule 15 (now 16) regarding presidential candidates’ ability to “disavow” delegates elected by the state and new Rule 12, which allows the rules of the RNC to be changed between conventions with the vote of 3/4 the members of the RNC (there are 168 members). On behalf of Georgia, we voted against both those amendments last week.

If the motion to adopt the rules with all the amendments from last week is seconded, discussion will ensue, including discussion of all points of contention (which may not be limited to just the two above). After all discussion, there will be a vote. If the rules pass with amendments from last week, that is what will go to the floor. If not, then there will be a very long meeting to discuss which version will go to the floor. We can’t just punt for this year. we have to have rules to control the next four years. However, it is possible that someone will move to have the same rules in effect for 4 more years.

Once there is a motion, a second and a majority vote for a set of rules, those will be the rules that go to the floor. There is one hour for committee members – with 25% signatures of the committee members – to file minority reports.

After an hour has elapsed, the Convention Chair will call on the Rules Chair to give a report. The Rules Chair will report and ask for a motion to have the Convention formalize ratification of the rules as presented. There will be a second and discussion will ensue. At this time, minority reports that have meet the signature threshold will be given and a vote will be taken on each. If a majority of states votes for the particular minority report, then the changes in the proposed rules in that report will be made. After all minority reports, then there will be a motion to adopted the rules with those changes, a second and if the majority votes yes, those are the new rules.

Votes of delegation are announced by the Chairman of each unless the majority of delegates from 6 states call for a roll call vote. Then the votes will be cast person by person.

Thanks again for all your input and thoughtful consideration of these issues.

Brian Kemp

Anne Lewis

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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10 comments Add your comment


August 28th, 2012
12:56 pm

In this day of streaming, cell phone videos and 24-hour news cycles I guess they wanted to make sure that everyone was on their best behavior.

Anne Clark

August 28th, 2012
1:32 pm

Go ahead and screw with those of us who are grass roots conservatives. Without us you wouldn’t have have had the win you had in 2010. I strongly feel a 3rd party coming on. How stupid can you all be to stir up this crap?

Marlboro Man

August 28th, 2012
1:44 pm

What have you to show for your so called win in 2010 ? nada.

Going Right

August 28th, 2012
1:55 pm

Please post a quick answer to “what the Socialist Democrats have to show for their, uh, well, show for 2010? That everybody is in their camp?

daniel Cooper

August 28th, 2012
1:56 pm

They are changing the rules as they go. Etch a sketch GOP delegate convention rules. And the MainStream Media is co-signing this fraud. Lets say your in a game with set rules, then you change the rules as the game is being played. Then when the other team complains you stand back and accuse them of being angry extremist. I hate to admit this but it is clear Romney will bring his etch a sketch to the White House. It is also clear that the even the liberal media will co-sign this fraud.

Former Tea Partier

August 28th, 2012
1:56 pm

The self-annointed ‘grassroots’ has bigger egos than some of the “Good Ole Boys” they rant against. With each passing day, you all become less important and effective. Way to screw up a movement!


August 28th, 2012
1:59 pm

The second place party just can’t help but shoot itself in the foot!

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August 28th, 2012
5:08 pm

A floor fight is less likely now because it is less likely to succeed now since many of Ron Paul’s delegates have been “disallowed” by the “powers that be” within the GOP whose first priority is to HOLD power.


August 28th, 2012
5:21 pm

Both political parties make rules that are specifically designed for those in power within the party to hold power and to limit any viable challenge to that power other than the one other extremist party — Republican and/or Democrat.

It’s long past time to do away with the electoral college that made sense before technology and travel made it obsolete. The citizens of the US holding valid state issued photo security ID need to elect the president and vice president DIRECTLY by voting at their local USPO.