Following Ron Paul’s sold out event in the University of South Florida Sun Dome on Sunday, GOP delegates from California promised to drown out “any uprising” by Paul supporters on the RNC floor this week.
Rep. Ron Paul during festival in the Sun Dome at the University of South Florida in Tampa on Sunday.
“The state delegation, marginalized in most matters because of California’s heavily Democratic electorate, could be significant in drowning out any chants supporting Paul: The 172-member delegation is the nation’s largest, and unlike some split delegations is fully committed to Romney,” the Sacramento Bee reports.
Jeff Randle, a senior Romney adviser who leads the California delegation, told the newspaper he has prepared 16 delegate whips to lead pro-Romney chants.
The tactic may not be necessary due to the fact the RNC has made sure Paul’s supporters will be seated far away from the podium in the nose-bleed section.
Delegates from U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, American Samoa and the Northern Marianas Islands will get better seats than Ron Paul’s supporters, according to the Houston Chronicle.
Politico received a RNC seating chart that shows the delegations from Nevada, Louisiana, Maine, Minnesota and Oklahoma located on the outer fringe of the convention floor. The states have significant Paul followings.
The GOP and the Romney campaign have worked overtime to deny Paul supporters a place on the convention floor. Paul has five states – Louisiana, Oregon, Massachusetts, Oklahoma and Maine – which grants official recognition on the floor, but this has been blocked by Romney’s lawyers.
According to the New York Times, Paul turned down chance to speak at the convention because he would not allow Romney’s team to go over his speech with a fine tooth comb.
Paul’s campaign manager, Jesse Benton, did not consider the RNC seating sub an issue, however. “I am glad so many of our delegates get to sit close together,” he said.
Benton apparently attempted to sabotage the Paul Festival held in Tampa on Sunday. In the video below, Peter Schiff reads a text message Benton sent to the festival’s organizer, Deborah Robinet.
“The text proves that Jesse Benton of the Ron Paul campaign intentionally sabotaged Paul Festival and the Ron Paul supporters who organized it,” writes Gary Franchi of RTR.org.