sábado, 3 de marzo de 2012

Team Santorum pide investigar el reparto de delegados en MI

The Washington Post:
Rick Santorum’s presidential campaign asked Friday that the Republican National Committee’s legal counsel investigate the Michigan GOP’s decision to give a delegate Santorum thought he’d won to Mitt Romney.

State party rules said 28 delegates were to be awarded based on Tuesday’s results in each of the state’s 14 congressional districts. Two at-large delegates were to be awarded based on the statewide vote in the GOP presidential primary.

But the state party’s credentials committee said Thursday that it changed the rules Feb. 4 to give both at-large delegates to the overall winner. As a result, Romney ended up with 16 delegates to Santorum’s 14, rather than a 15-15 split.

Credentials committee member Saul Anuzis, a Romney supporter, said a party memo saying the at-large delegates would be awarded proportionally was wrong.

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

The decision angered Santorum supporters in Michigan and nationally, with some accusing party leaders of trying to make the switch so Romney could declare victory in his native state.

“This request is not about the allocation of a single delegate; it is about ensuring a transparent electoral process, avoiding unscrupulous tactics and backroom deals by establishment figures and campaigns who may not have received the result they hoped for at the ballot box,” Santorum campaign lawyer Cleta Mitchell said in a letter sent to RNC Chairman Reince Priebus requesting the investigation.