Ron Paul Supporters’ Bad Behavior Continues on to Missouri

It seems like Ron Paul supporters with the encouragement of the campaign continue to make a mockery of the caucus system.  Even though they have yet to win a single state contest they cause chaos and disorder as seen during Iowa’s post-Caucus County Conventions and seen in Missouri today.

The Kansas City Star reports:

Organizers shut down one of the largest GOP caucuses, in St. Charles County, because of bitter disputes between supporters of Rep. Ron Paul and attendees supporting other presidential hopefuls. Confusion and contention also marred several other crowded Republican gatherings, the Associated Press reported.

In Clay County, arguments between Paul supporters and others became so intense that the caucus chairman threatened to have voters removed by force.

Backers of the Texas congressman said they were upset their views weren’t being heard. “We’re just a little frustrated because caucuses are supposed to be run by a very strict set of rules,” said Paul supporter John Findlay, who lost his bid to become caucus chairman. “We raised a number of points of order, points of information, points of parliamentary inquiry, many of which have been ignored.”

But county caucus chairman Ben Wierzbicki said all caucus-goers had been treated fairly.

“Certain people have made it very difficult on most of the people who are involved in this caucus,” he said. “It might be a little crazy, but that’s part of it.”

This seems to be the M.O. – become belligerent, push the envelope and then claim victim status.  I’m tried of the drama that Paul is causing when he has zero chance of winning anything.  He came in dead last during the Missouri Primary, I know it’s non-binding, but almost 241,000 people came out on February 7th and of the three candidates who were still in the race who were on the ballot Paul came in last.

He should be trying to win contests and run an actual campaign instead of whatever it is he thinks he’s going to do with the delegate process in Caucus states.

Update: Some evidence that the Missouri Caucus process is screwed up.


  1. Latentrpints says

    Shane, you have been made aware of factual lies within your blog. Why don’t you correct them and call out the individuals that were at fault? As a Christian you should be ashamed of yourself.

  2. Mike Timoney says

    This article is literal crap.  Please take it down.  

    Real actual people read your disinformation, and it has an actual effect on the real world….

  3. Mike Timoney says

    Nobody is “proving your point”, Shane.

    You are making yourself even more obsolete.  
    As if you were EVEN a part of the media up until now.
    Hardly anybody started commenting on your “articles” until you started bashing Paul supporters.

    This article is the most amount of readership you will ever get.  Period.
    Way to get your foot in the door….

  4. JimmyTheSaint says

    Mr. Shane, you either know nothing, or you are deliberately trying to undermine justice.  Either way, your article dishonors any claim you may have once had to journalistic integrity.  Paul supporters become “belligerent” when the GOP tries to cheat in order to disenfranchise them.  In St. Charles, MO, for example, where the biggest ruckus took place this weekend, here’s what actually happened:  The St. Charles County GOP chairman (a Santorum supporter) TOLD someone who he didn’t know was a Paul supporter, that if it looked like Paul had the majority, he would end the caucus on a technicality so that no delegates would be chosen.  There were clearly a majority of Paul supporters there, so that is what he did.  The chairman’s ONLY job at the caucus is to call for nominees to lead the caucus.  Rather than do that, he announced that the caucus would not continue until all cameras and cell phones were shut off.  This call for secrecy is NOT a rule, and indeed the Chairman has no authority to make any such rule.  Afterwards, he completely ignored the people’s nomination for caucus leader, and instead HE nominated a Santorum supporter.  He then called for an oral vote on that nomination.  About 40 people called for “division” which means that, rather than an oral “aye” or “nay” vote, they MUST actually count the votes.  He ignored this rule, and declared that the “ayes” had it, when they clearly did not.  The newly “elected” leader than immediately adjourned the caucus without a delegate vote, to prevent the Paul majority from electing delegates.  Get your story straight, you hack.

  5. Originaldukes1 says

    I wish the media would stop lying. When a delegate requests a proceedural action according to GOP rules…its not bad behavior, its a RIGHT! Its very obvious to most people that the media is leading the bias against Paul and now to his delegates standing up for their rights. Americans need to wake up to the corruption and bias in our elective process.

  6. Mygravelroads says

    Paul supporters have studied the rules and are approaching it within the rules of caucus. how the heck is that wrong? you do not do very much homework for your articles mam.

  7. Brian Arnold says

    The Caucus was governed by Roberts Rules of Order, the Santorum people had no authority to make their own rules. If they didn’t want cameras, they had to put it up to a vote per RRs. The first order of business for the temp chairman Dokes was to handle the election of the Chairman and step away from there, he had no authority to appoint anyone, let alone a parliamentarian before we even had the initial vote for chairman. The ELECTED chairman appoints the parliamentarian.

  8. says

    Hahaha apparently protesting the overthrow of democracy by a local dictator is now considered “bad behavior.”  You’re right, the Paul folks should have just sat there, shut up, and let Dokes appoint all of the positions that are supposed to be elected by the assembly.

  9. Lucentshadow says

    Before the author bashes a man’s ideals, you should state what’s wrong with them.  He has no chance, because people like yourself, are stupid.  You reject, truth, and reality–even while it’s dangling in your face.  You reject it because you’ve believed what the norm, or what everyone else believes because you can’t make a rational conscience decision on your own.

  10. says

    Really? Watch the videos! Not one rule was broken by the Ron Paul supporters and COUNTLESS rules were broken by the GOP. You should add this to your biography at the end of this article- “Shane Vander Hart doesn’t do his research and loses credibility, he would rather regurgitate MSM bias thus becoming another reporter shaming the profession of journalism.”

    You’re also forgetting the part where Romney supporters were also on the side of Ron Paul supporters. But it wasn’t about Ron Paul! It was about Roberts Rules of Order being COMPLETELY disregarded. The GOP hijacked the caucus…. and the good people of St. Charles county were not going to let it slide.