By Eric Russell
Would GOP Chairman Charlie Webster face a backlash for apparently bending the rules to name a convention chairman ahead of time and not at the convention? Would Ron Paul supporters “take over” the convention, as Webster feared? Would what is supposed to be a party-building gathering devolve into a fractured mess?
Those questions were answered by lunchtime: Yes, yes and yes.
In extremely close votes late Saturday morning, convention-goers elected Ron Morrell, a Paul delegate, as secretary and then elected Brent Tweed, also a Paul delegate, as chairman.
Both were picked over the two candidates that were endorsed by the party establishment and the votes signaled a likely shift in how the convention would unfold.
Webster had predicted in an email to GOP members that Paul supporters would attempt to assert their authority at the convention.
It wasn’t immediately clear what would happen next. The next order of business was to adopt the party’s platform, although the convention broke for lunch shortly after the election of secretary and chairman.
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