Ron Paul Supporters, GOP Continue to Bicker

Kenneth T. Walsh

The infighting is getting worse between supporters of presidential candidate Ron Paul and some state leaders of the Republican Party as the GOP national convention approaches.

The latest developments include the decision by establishment Republicans in Maine to challenge the roster of Paul delegates from that state. The Republicans filed a challenge last weekend with the Republican National Committee, arguing that Paul forces used unauthorized procedures and broke party rules at the state convention when they captured more delegates than presumptive nominee Mitt Romney.

Paul forces are also embroiled in a fight with establishment Republicans over who is entitled to the most delegates from Louisiana and Massachusetts. Paul lost badly in the Louisiana state primary but his supporters dominated the subsequent GOP district and state conventions; they argue that they should have the most delegates to the national convention. The Paul forces have challenged party leaders from Louisiana who are disputing their delegate count.

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