The RNC Committee on Contests found no evidence to support the challenge against the Maine delegation on Friday, yet failed to issue a ruling. Instead they changed their own rules, which previously required a ruling, in order to grant the contestants a second chance to retry their challenge.
Portland, Maine August 15, 2012 - The RNC Committee on Contests found no evidence to support the contest against the Maine Delegation on Friday, yet failed to issue a ruling. Instead, they changed their own rules, which previously required a ruling, in order to grant the contestants a second test to retry their challenge.
“The RNC Committee on Contests could not find any evidence of fraud,” said Mark Willis, the incoming National Committeeman for Maine who holds a Doctor of Law Degree from George Mason University.
“According to their own rules, the RNC was obligated to recommend that the Maine delegates be certified,” Wilis added. ”Instead, the Committee on Contests had to create new rules to give the challengers a second chance. Such a decision is unprecedented, violates party rules and violates the due process rights of the duly elected Maine delegation. In a court of law, this challenge would have already been thrown out and dismissed.”
“It really makes me doubt the integrity of the process at the RNC,” added John Logan Jones, a National Delegate and the Republican candidate for State Representative in Falmouth. “The burden of proof is on the contestants and they failed to meet that burden. The RNC should have left it at that and certified Maine’s delegation. Instead they are reaching over backwards, changing their own rules to accommodate the Mitt Romney Campaign.”
“Over 2500 duly elected Maine Republican delegates went to Augusta and we had a democratic election,” added Ashley Ryan, incoming National Committeewoman for Maine. “The RNC and the Mitt Romney Campaign cannot invalidate Maine’s voice simply because they didn’t like the outcome.”