May 7, 2012

Ron Paul in Maine: Delegates in hand, but trouble afoot?

Mitt Romney supporters consider challenging the results of Maine's GOP convention.

By Steve Mistler
Staff Writer

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Bill Crandall of Farmington shouts out to the convention chair as he objects to the proceedings during the Maine Republican State Convention at the Augusta Civic Center on Sunday. At left is Hutch McPheters of Wilton.

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Benjamin Ginsberg, second from left, is Mitt Romney's top lawyer. He's seen here at the Maine Republican State Convention on Sunday. Ginsberg was sent to Maine to deal with an assortment of legal issues stemming from the convention takeover by the Ron Paul campaign.

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These are the 24 delegates to the GOP national convention from Maine. Twenty are committeed to Ron Paul. Those who are not are noted. The convention elected Mark Willis as committeeman and Ashley Ryan as committeewoman, but they won’t assume those offices until after the convention. However, they will attend the convention as elected Ron Paul delegates.

Linda Bean, heiress to L.L. Bean

Rick Bennett, current committeeman (Romney supporter)

Eric Brakey, Maine state director of Paul’s presidential campaign

Sam Canders, a Paul campaign worker

Erin Daly

Bryan Daughtery of Bangor

Pete Harring, founder, of the Maine Tea Party

Bernie Johnston of Southwest Harbor

John Jones, resident of Greater Portland

Gov. Paul LePage (uncommitted)

State Rep. Aaron Libby, R-North Waterboro

Matt McDonald, GOP caucus chairman for Belfast

Stavros Mendros of Lewiston

Ronald Morrell, chairman, York County Republicans

Kevin Pierce, resident of Greater Portland.

Ashley Ryan, incoming committeewoman.

Jan Staples, current committeewoman (Romney supporter)

Landon St. Peter, John Birch Society field coordinator for Maine, executive secretary of the Brunswick Republican City Committee.

Alexander Titcomb

Brent Tweed, Maine Campaign for Liberty region 1 coordinator, North Berwick Republican Committee co-chair.

Mike Wallace, South Portland resident.

Charlie Webster, state GOP chairman (uncommitted)

Mark Willis of Dennysville, incoming committeeman

James Zell

Romney won the Feb. 4 Nevada caucuses with half the vote.

This weekend, the Paul campaign took over the Nevada convention. The result there was nearly identical to the one in Maine: Paul emerged with 22 of the 25 delegates.

The scene at the Augusta Civic Center cooled off as the convention drew to a close Sunday evening. However, many attendees left exhausted and unhappy.

The party's U.S. Senate candidates were among the disgruntled. Among the casualties of the disarray were convention speeches designed to elevate the profiles of the six GOP primary candidates for the seat now held by U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine.

One of those candidates, Scott D'Amboise of Lisbon Falls, said he planned to bill the party for his lost expenses, about $5,000 he said he paid to rent space and cut videos for the convention.

"Shame, shame, shame on this party and this convention," he said.

But the gathering was a victory for Paul supporters, who, in addition to the national delegates, also secured two positions on the Maine GOP executive committee, state committeeman and state committeewoman. Both will attend the Tampa convention; however, they won't be seated on the panel until after the event.

The executive committee elections could endanger the leadership of Maine GOP Chairman Charlie Webster, who in March riled the Paul supporters with his handling of the caucuses.

Webster will also go to the convention. If the convention delegate election stands, he'll be making the trip to Tampa with 20 Paul supporters.

"It's certainly a significant victory," said Jim Azzola of South Portland, Cumberland County coordinator for Paul.

Paul's supporters said Maine would become the sixth state to elect a majority of Paul supporters to the national convention, assuring the libertarian-leaning congressman a prime-time podium at the gathering. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, gets a kiss from her husband, John R. McKernan, following her speech at the Maine Republican State Convention on Sunday.

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Maine Republican Party Chairman Charlie Webster, second from left, talks with delegates during the Maine Republican Party State Convention on Sunday.

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Linda Silvia of China, a delegate from Kennebec County, holds up a blue card Saturday while voting for Ron Morrell to be convention secretary during the Maine Republican Convention at the Augusta Civic Center. Ron Paul won the majority of delegates from Maine.

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Republican Party state chairman Charles Webster addresses the GOP State Convention at the Augusta Civic Center on Saturday.

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