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How Romney Supporters Changed the Rules to Get a Delegate

12:45 PM, Mar 3, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
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March 1 memo explaining the final delegate count confirms that the at-large delegates will be awarded proportionally, but something isn’t quite right. Listed are 14 at-large delegates, 2 of which are labeled “voting” and 12 of which are labeled “non-voting.” Romney and Santorum do get awarded 7 delegates each, but Romney receives both voting delegates and 5 non-voting delegates, while all of Santorum’s 7 delegates are non-voting and thus meaningless at the national convention. So while the credentialing committee agreed unanimously on February 4 to calculate the at-large delegate allocation with 2 available delegates, the state party reversed this decision after the primary to calculate it with 14 delegates and arbitrarily awarding the only 2 delegates that mattered to Romney.

One of the members of the credentialing committee, Saul Anuzis, has told the press, including the New York Times, that the intent of the original memo was misinterpreted.

“It is clear now that the memo did not properly communicate the intent of the committee,” Anuzis told the Times. “Could you interpret it both ways? Yes. But this is what we decided.”

What the Times fails to note is that Anuzis is a committed and open Romney supporter. Fellow credenitaling committee member Susan Wise is a top aide to Michigan congressman Dave Camp, also a Romney supporter. Another member of the committee, state party chairman Bobby Schostak, is publicly uncommitted, though Michigan GOP insiders confirm that he privately supports Romney as well.

These connections are what have led the Santorum campaign to suspect foul play. As Mike Cox, the former attorney general, a Romney supporter, and one of two dissenting members of the credentialing committee told the Associated Press, "I have this crazy idea that you follow the rules. I’d love to give the at-large delegates to Mitt Romney, but our rules provide for strict apportionment."Given that the other committee members who voted against the post-primary “re-interpration” was Eric Doster, the party’s general counsel who drafted the original February 4 memo, the Santorum campaign’s concern about dirty tricks appear increasingly well founded.

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