Dear Fellow Delegates,
We Rules Committee Members were eager to come to Cleveland and represent you and the Grassroots in our home states to create fair and transparent rules that would guide the Republican Party for future elections. Instead, we arrived to see Republican National Committee (RNC) staff instructing us to transfer power from Convention Delegates to the 168 members of the Republican National Committee, and specifically to the RNC Chairman.
It is unfortunate that the Rules package produced last Thursday empowers the RNC at the expense of Convention Delegates themselves. It does nothing to give regular Republicans – and those we wish to attract to our Party – faith in our bedrock principles. Rather, anti-grassroots actions in both the 2012 and the 2016 Rules Committees erode confidence in our Party’s leadership.
We opposed abuses of power, such as:
· The Centralization of authority solely in the Chairman’s office;
· Preventing Republicans from contacting their elected RNC Rules representatives by hiding their contact information;
· Denying RNC Members the needed opportunity to review Rules changes before they go to an immediate vote.
After a highly competitive primary season, the RNC leadership had the opportunity to unify grassroots activists and prove we are the party of fairness, transparency, and Rule of Law. Instead, we were force fed a Rules package we simply cannot support. We encourage our fellow Convention Delegates to vote against the Majority Rules Report. We hope you will stand with us.
Nicolee Ambrose (MD)
Morton Blackwell (VA)
Fred Brown (AK)
Jim Crawford (MD)
Anne Gentry (VA)
Lora Gervais (ID)
Harriet Hageman (WY)
Graham Hunt (WA)
Marlys Popma (IA)
Cindy Pugh (MN)
Norm Semanko (ID)
Guy Short (CO)
Kendal Unruh (CO)
Janssen Willhoit (VT)
Maryland National Committeewoman
Republican National Committee
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