According to some in the Paul camp, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney conspired with the GOP to steal the Maine caucus, the Christian Science Monitor reported Monday.
Peter Grier wrote:
Here’s the Paul camp’s thinking: On Saturday, Maine GOP chairman Charlie Webster announced that Mr. Romney had won the statewide caucus presidential preference poll with 2,190 votes, or 39 percent. Paul, the only other candidate to seriously contest the Pine Tree state, came in second with 1,996 votes, or 36 percent.
Some, like GOP Senatorial candidate Andrew Ian Dodge, said the results should not have been made known at the time.
“I would like to express my solidarity with those that feel the Maine Republican Party should not have announced the result of the Presidential preference poll on Saturday,” Dodge said. “Considering there were several towns that postponed their events due to weather the “result” was not a final one. This doesn’t sit well with the “voter fraud” obsession of senior Republicans, including Maine GOP Chairman Charlie Webster,” he added.
Predictably, Ron Paul’s supporters cried foul – as they have after every other contest the Congressman has lost so far.
As Grier noted, Romney claimed victory, however, Paul did not concede because the caucus for one county – Washington County – was canceled due to the weather.
But supporters of the Texas Congressman – seeing a conspiracy behind every tree – claimed it was just an excuse not to give a win to Paul.
“The caucus was delayed until next week just so the votes wouldn’t be reported by the national media,”alleged Paul campaign manager John Tate.
According to Tate, the “GOP establishment and their pals in the national media, [who] will do anything to silence our message of liberty,” are part of the conspiracy.
“Hmmm. Perhaps we didn’t get that message from our overlord Bret Baier,” Grier wrote. Neither did this writer. He continues:
“But we do have this to say about the alleged caucus theft:
First, these people have never been to Washington County in the winter. It’s the far northeastern part of Maine, so far up that Portland might as well be Miami. We have been there in January, and it was so cold ice formed on the car windows as we drove. The inside of the car windows.
Also, the roads in Washington County are narrow and slippery at best. Read the Bangor Daily News – the two-car head-on collision is a staple of winter coverage. We’re not going to question anybody’s weather-related call up there.
He adds that it’s unlikely that the county would put Paul over the top anyway, writing that “even if Paul won 100 percent of that turnout, he would have lost.”
“Of course, given the spotlight now shining on the county, it’s possible Paul supporters will pile in when the caucus is actually held, inflating the numbers. We’ll have to wait and see,” he wrote.
But Grier notes that what really matter in the Maine contest is the delegate selection. Paul’s campaign is banking on a strategy that lets him take the delegates regardless of the actual vote – a strategy discussed here.
The Paul camp planned this – we’ve called it their secret ninja caucus strategy. While they’re complaining about the preference poll, they’re also telling their supporters that their delegate strategy means they may win the Pine Tree State in the end.
“We are confident that we will control the Maine delegation for the convention in August,” said Paul’s national campaign chairman Jesse Benton in a statement Sunday.
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