This is supposed to be the point in the campaign season where everyone who opposes President Barack Obama’s reelection works together to support the likely GOP nominee.
But we aren’t quite there yet. Someone forgot to tell the Ron Paul backers that the primary is over.
This weekend, the Arizona state Republican convention got a little rowdy as Mitt Romney’s son Josh was booed off the stage while he tried to address the crowd. According to the Arizona Republic, “Hundreds of state GOP members were gathered at Grand Canyon University to elect delegates for the national convention in July in Tampa, Fla., which is expected to select Mitt Romney as the official Republican nominee to challenge President Obama….But Josh Romney had to stop repeatedly as people booed and yelled for Paul, who has continued campaigning in the Republican primary.”
This isn’t the only time a Romney supporter has been heckled at a state convention, and it’s likely not to be the last. Paul announced today that he will no longer be competing in actual state contests, instead focusing his energies into more state convention delegate grabs — a process that already has won him quite a few supporters traveling to the national convention.
There’s an assumption that once everyone arrives in Tampa, the Paul folk will be appeased in some way in order to get Romney’s nomination done on the first ballot as usual. But what if Paul’s followers won’t be swayed that easily? Are we going to see booing at the Republican National Convention as well?
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