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Ron Paul Chaos at Louisiana State GOP Convention; Ron Paul People (Probably) Win


In a chaotic convention split in two, with the Paulites having a reporting majority, two different delegations are issued from two different Louisiana state Republican Party conventions. Two different Paul supporters–and convention officials–were injured by police on the way to this state of affairs.  

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Reports from hither and yon from folk on the scene:

*Hamdan Azhar at Policymic has a lot that tells most of the heart of the tale:

The Louisiana State Republican Convention descended into chaos Saturday morning, with several delegates being arrested and the convention chairman being thrown to the ground by police. Sources report that state party officials panicked when it became clear that Ron Paul delegates commanded a decisive majority of the delegates on the floor – at least 111 of 180 (62%).

The convention began peacefully with a prayer and invocation. Roger Villere, Chairman of the Louisiana Republican Party, then attempted to recognize the former Chair of the Convention's Rules Committee who had been ousted from his position last night. When Alex Helwig, the newly elected Rules Committee chair, rose to address the delegation, Mr. Villere ordered him removed from the floor. Video footage shows Shreveport police dragging Mr. Helwig out of the room despite his protests that he was a duly elected delegate.

At this point, a motion was made to elect a new convention chairman. Henry Herford, Jr., was elected by an overwhelming majority. Nevertheless, Mr. Villere – who had appointed himself the convention chairman – refused to relinquish control of the gathering. As the delegates began turning their chairs around, Mr. Herford, the newly elected chairman, rose to call the convention to order. Sources report that, in an act of desperation, Mr. Villere and state party officials then ordered police to attack Mr. Herford.

Video footage shows an older gentleman in a blue shirt being violently dragged away by police and then shoved to the ground. When Mr. Herford protests that he is handicapped and would like to press charges for assault against the police officers, a Shreveport police officer is seen smirking in response. Sources report that Mr. Herford, 57, has a prosthetic hip that was dislocated during the assault….

After Convention Chairman Henry Herford's arrest, the delegates proceeded to elect a new chair and continuedwith the business of the convention. They reportedly elected a slate of 27 Ron Paul supporters to fill 12 of the 18 district delegate slots and 15 of 20 at-large delegate slots, before certifying the results with the RNC.

Meanwhile, state party leaders held their own convention in one corner of the room with about 30 delegates in attendance. Local media is reporting that the minority convention also elected a slate of delegates, although it is unlikely that the legitimacy of their slate will be recognized by the RNC.

According to a statement released by the national Paul campaign, the newly elected delegates met with Scott Sewell, the Louisiana Chair of the Romney campaign, who said "he would do everything he could to make sure the delegation was seated." The State Central Committee also met after the convention but reportedly disbanded due to lack of quorum.

More on the Louisiana convention chaos from The New American; Paul campaign advisor Doug Wead; Reuters; Louisiana TV station KTBS; TV station KSLA; the Raw Story; and the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

The Paul campaign's press release on Louisiana. Highlights:

LAGOP officials ignored the vast majority of duly elected delegates and attempted to use illegally adopted rules to deny Ron Paul supporters an opportunity to attend the Republican National Convention in Tampa. Louisiana has 46 delegates. Five were pledged to Mitt Romney based on the March 23rd primary result and Rick Santorum received 10, meaning most delegates were contestable at the state convention.

"Delegates to the state convention were chosen at caucus meetings on April 28th. Ron Paul slates won four of six congressional district contests. Of the approximately 180 delegates attending the state convention, 113 voted to remove the LAGOP chairman when he failed to respond to requests for information and other motions from delegates. Nearly two-thirds of the delegates began physically moving their chairs, literally turning their back on the GOP chair appointed by the party hierarchy.

"In another instance, State Central Committeeman and Ron Paul supporter Henry Herford Jr. of Franklin Parrish was attacked by some security officials who didn't realize that the body had voted out the previous chairman. Mr. Herford has a prosthetic hip and according to a doctor at the scene it appears as though the prosthetic was dislocated and may require replacement. The injury occurred as he was beginning to call to order the newly re-formed convention.

"In yet another instance, Ron Paul supporter Alex Helwig, Chairman of the Rules Committee who made the motion to remove the chair, was arrested by Shreveport police and released. During his brief detainment, some of his fingers were broken and when he returned to the event he was walking with aid of a cane.

"By 10:50 a.m. today, the newly formed convention completed its work. Newly-elected national delegates met with the Romney campaign's Louisiana Chairman, Scott Sewell, who graciously said 'that he supported the effort and would do everything he could to make sure the delegation was seated' in Tampa.

Despite high hopes at conventions in Washington and Missouri as well this weekend, Paul forces did not end up victorious. Daily Paul on the Missouri failure and the Washington failure.

Video of one of the Louisiana police assaults:

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  1. Fabulous!

    1. They have a long way to go to replicate that ancient Chicago convention riot.

      1. Yes, in Louisiana they only had a handful of cops attacking peaceful people.

    2. Maybe the Paulistas and libertarian leaning Republicans will recognize that the Republican Party is a lost cause of, by and for its countryclub elite.

    3. And nothing else happened!

  2. constant doup d’etats are typical of bananna republics like Louisiana.

  3. What the fuck.

  4. Petty tyrants do not go quietly into the night.

  5. During his brief detainment, some of his fingers were broken and when he returned to the event he was walking with aid of a cane.

    “See, that’s the problem with these Paulbots. They start messing around and then people get HURT!”

    /Thin Blue Linetard

    1. some of his fingers were broken

      Jackboots were deployed. Fingers were broken. Procedures were followed.


    2. Ron Paul supporters need to start electing 6 foot 4 230 lb 28 year olds who carry guns.

      1. Not really.

        It’s MUCH more effective when grandpa gets beaten by the cops.

  6. Mike Church was talking about this on his Sirius radio show this AM. I love that guy – he’s waaaaaaay out there into Libertopia. Love him, love his show.

  7. Feckin’ pigs cause unwarranted injury, stand around laughing. What’s new?

    Got bacon?

  8. Note how at the end of the video footage of the takedown of Henry Herford getting medical assistance, the pig confiscates the phone of the fellow recording. “It’s evidence,” he says as he requests that the man hand over his phone. It seems that either the guy kept his phone or was live-streaming the video. At any rate, we got the footage. Let’s hope Mr. Herford gets a six-figure judgment out of this.

    1. I’ve read other reports that the camera(phone)man refused to let the cop illegally seize his phone. Apparently, and surprisingly, the cop didn’t press the issue.

  9. Talked to a guy who went to Washington state’s republican convention.

    He said the Ron Paul people wrote the state republican platform.

    That said i have yet to meet a Ron Paul supporter in my state. As far as my Circle goes I am his biggest supporter i know.

    Of course i have not given any money or real time any anything for Ron Paul…so that might have something to do with it.

    1. You might just need to get out more.

    2. We few, we happy few…

  10. I love seeing some controversy like this. For the big talk about the Democrats being the party of shaking things up, this kind of thing would never happen in the Democratic Party.

    1. 1968?

      1. That was outside

        1. I knew someone who was there. The Democrats didn’t start that riot, the cops did.

    2. The Democrats solved this sort of problem by instituting a strict code of political correctness. Step out of line to the right, and they call you a racist. Step out of line to the left, and they call you an idealist.

  11. You’d think that the state convention of one of the two major political parties turning chaotic, with a state party chair refusing to concede his defeat and police assaulting duly elected convention delegates would become a major national news story.

    Or maybe not.

    1. Notice that the Reuters article doesn’t mention that Herford was elected the new chair of the convention before he was hauled away by police…

      1. Yeah, look at the careful phrasing they use:

        At the convention on Saturday, Paul supporter Henry Herford, 56, was asked to leave the convention by a representative of the executive board that organized the event, said Shreveport police spokesman Sergeant Bill Goodin.

    2. They have no fucking idea what is going on.

      They report what the government or Obama campaign gives them to report.

      They can’t ignore the national convention though.

      1. The MSM would blow their wad if there were this kind of chaos at the national GOP convention.

        Guess who that would help?

        You boys play nice.

        1. Guess who that would help?

          Gary Johnson. Libertarianism. Me.

          Or do you think the 1968 convention helped the establishment?

          1. It sure as hell helped Nixon.

  12. There’s your “fusionism for ya.


    Suckers never learn.

    1. You sure don’t, do you, Gabe.

      1. I’ve forgetten more than you’ll ever learn, Epi.

    2. It’s less fusionism than a coup. A failed coup, perhaps, but we’ll see what four years of Obamney bring.

  13. The lamestream media always misses the precursors to civil war.

  14. This headline could’ve used a couple more Ron Paul’s.

  15. Ron Paul Chaos at Louisiana Ron Paul State GOP Ron Paul Convention; Ron Paul People (Ron ProPaulbably) Win for Ron Paul.

  16. Cronkite then replied by saying “I think we’ve got a bunch of thugs here, Dan.”

  17. This makes a whole lot of sense dude, I like the sound of that.

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