Tampa – When it was the Rhode Island delegation's turn for a moment of in the spotlight at the Republican National Convention, Ron Paul delegate Dave Aiello, 25, wanted to show off his support for the Texas congressman. When the cameras were on the Ocean State Aiello pulled out his expandable Ron Paul sign and made sure it could be see on television.
One of Mitt Romney's floor whips had other ideas and attempted to block out his sign with a Romney sign before a convention staffer confiscated it.
"I believe the people in this party are more concerned with their positons of power than expanding the base and bringing new people into the party," said Aiello in an interview with Reason.
"They were willing to do things that under their power, no matter if involved breaking the rules, changing the rules after the game was played, to make sure that Ron Paul wasn't heard at this convention and it's a travesty," he, said.
Here's a video of the confrontation: