Updated 08/28/2012 08:08 AM
Texas delegates decry potential RNC rule change
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Texas delegates are uniform in their quest to stay independent.
The Republican National Committee is proposing a rule change that would give presidential hopefuls the power to disavow delegates, and in essence, strip the states of the selection process.
Republican Party of Texas Secretary Mandy Tschoepe says the proposed rule would take away a Texas tradition.
"Texas is one of the only states that truly elects our delegates in a grassroots manner,” she said. “We're proud of that. That's how we like to do our business in Texas and we're going to fight for that."
Texas State Republican Chair Steve Munisteri says money and control are driving the change.
Monday's vote by the Texas delegation means Munisteri will request a roll call vote on the measure, which means every delegate, from every state, will have to cast a vote.
"You could have a presidential candidate pick somebody to represent the state on platform issues that the grassroots may not prefer represent them," Munisteri said. "This is a battle between grassroots and leadership, and a conflict of philosophy."
The timing is also ironic. The RNC leadership wants to take control back during a convention where the Tea Party movement will be front and center for the first time.
It's control that will have no bearing on the current election cycle. After all, the delegates are already here.
"It does not impact our support for our nominee by any stretch of the imagination. We certainly want to elect Romney and Ryan in November, but this is an issue we feel is an important one to our party," Munisteri said.
Munisteri says some states are more beholden to the RNC because of how much money they get from the national committee. He says to date, Texas has received just $400 from the RNC.