At its quarterly meeting in Hollywood, the Republican National Committee Thursday rejected a change that its sponsor said would make it more difficult for party elites to bring in a “fresh face” to seek the nomination at the convention.
Solomon Yue, a RNC committeeman from Oregon, has proposed that the GOP convention use Roberts Rules of Order instead of Congressional rules.
The House of Representatives rules, which have been used at past conventions, give more latitude to the convention’s presiding officer — expected to be House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis. — to open nominations to consider other candidates if no candidate wins on the first ballot. Under Roberts Rules, such a scenario would require a majority of convention delegates to agree.
While agreeing his proposal would make it tougher for anyone other than the delegate leader, part-time Palm Beacher Donald Trump, or Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, to be considered for the nomination, Yue said he’s neutral in the race and is only trying to bring transparency to the process.
Not changing rules, Yue said, “will blow up this convention as well as the party, as well as cause us to lose, in November, the White House spot.”
Yue, a refugee from Communist China, cited the images of U.S. helicopters evacuating people from the American embassy in Saigon at the fall of South Vietnam.
“If we don’t do it right, and we lose this election, there won’t be a chopper for you and me,” Yue said.
Randy Evans, from Georgia, was opposed.
“We’re basically changing the rules in the seventh inning of the ball game,” Randy Evans of Georgia said. “I don’t think it’s right that you change the rules.”