There’s some problems brewing for the RNC chairman, and it’s coming from his own top officials. Here’s why:
washingtontimes.com reports: Republican National Chairman Reince Priebus is coming under fire from some of his top officials, all of whom have been considered loyalists throughout his six years in office.
They are accusing Mr. Priebus of concealing from members proposed changes to the rules that will govern the party’s July presidential nominating convention in Cleveland.
“I consider this to be a major breach of trust,” said RNC Rules Committee Chairman Bruce Ash of Arizona.
A copy of Mr. Ash’s email to the Rules Committee was shared with the Washington Times by a Trump supporter on the Rules Committee who asked not to be named in the story.
The “breach of trust,” according to the Ash email, was the failure by Mr. Priebus‘ Legal Counsel’s office to notify Rules Committee members that Oregon RNC member Solomon Yue had submitted a rules change, to be considered at Thursday’s Rules Committee meeting. Mr. Yue’s proposal would change the parliamentary rules for the national convention from the arcane Rules of the US House of Representatives to the widely used Robert’s Rules of Order.
Mr. Yue said he wants the convention to switch to Robert’s Rules to prevent the convention chairman from unilaterally reopening the nominations for president. Mr. Yue said House Rules can be interpreted to allow the chairman to do that; by contrast, Robert’s requires a majority vote of the delegates – some 70 percent of whom are expected to be either Trump or Cruz supporters and ill-incline to reopen nominations.
According to Mr. Yue, “establishment forces want to hijack the nomination with a ‘fresh face,’ as Karl Rove has said. Nominations should not be reopened without the consent of a majority of the delegates.”