Editor’s note: This post has been changed from an earlier version to correct an error.
Nevada’s Republican Party has disavowed the vote announced by the Nevada delegation to the Republican national convention in Tampa, Fla. earlier today. Delegation chairman Wayne Terhune announced the vote as 17 delegates for Texas Congressman Ron Paul, five for Mitt Romney and five abstentions. (Under the rules, the vote should have been 20 delegates for Romney and eight for Paul.)
The controversy is detailed in this Review-Journal report by Laura Myers, who is on the scene in Tampa.
Here’s the full statement:
Nevada Republican Party Vice Chairman James Smack issued the following statement regarding the events surrounding the roll call vote of the Nevada delegation for the nomination of President of the United States at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida:
“First of all, I would like to congratulate the winning Republican ticket of Governor Mitt Romney and Congressman Paul Ryan on securing the Republican nomination this evening in Tampa, FL. We look forward to working as hard as we can as the Nevada Republican Party to help secure victory on November 6th for the next President of the United States, Mitt Romney!” Smack said.
Nevada Republican Party Secretary Jim DeGraffenreid added, “We are a party of rules. The behavior by certain members of the Nevada delegation, who chose to disregard the rules passed overwhelmingly by the Nevada Republican Party Central Committee nearly two years ago, is extremely unfortunate. The Nevada Republican Party wants to be very clear that these actions were the decisions of the delegation members, and were not sanctioned in any way by the Nevada Republican Party leadership.”
Smack concludes, “Chairman Michael McDonald and myself, along with a majority of the Executive Board of the Nevada Republican Party, disavow this action by certain members of the Nevada delegation, and will continue to work tirelessly toward victory this November for not only Mitt Romney but all of our Republican candidates in Nevada this fall. The actions of an unruly few should not color the entire state party, and we share the frustration of all Nevada Republicans by the actions taken by a delegation that chose not to follow the rules.”
In a break with tradition, McDonald is not the chairman of the delegation; Terhune won the job from the mostly Paul-dominated Nevada Republican Party.