Maine delegate and Ron Paul supporter, Pete Harring, shouts as he walks out of the hall in disgust over not being seated at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, on August 28, 2012.
Most of the supporters of the Texas congressman, Ron Paul, have walked out of the Republican National Convention to voice their strong protest against new rules by the Republican leadership.
At the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Tampa, Florida, on Tuesday, Paul’s supporters booed and shouted several times after failing to overturn a ruling that removed half of Maine’s delegates who had pledged to support Ron Paul, The New York Times
The protest centered on resistance by Paul’s supporters and other grassroots Republican activists to the Romney campaign’s rule changes.
They say that the attempt tightens the Republican party’s rules that give candidates more control over delegates assigned to them during primaries for the national convention.
“It's a disgusting, disgusting display of a hostile takeover from the top down," Ashley Ryan, a 21-year-old Maine delegate, said. "It's an embarrassment."
Paul did not win a single state; however, his zealous followers worked local and state party rules to take over several state delegations, including garnering 20 of Maine's 24 spots.
The RNC decided to replace 10 of them, effectively stopping the state from being able to submit Paul's name for nomination.
That decision along with others prompted Wiselet Rouzard, a delegate from Nevada and a Paul supporter, to compare the situation to Adolf Hitler taking power in Germany.
"There's nothing American about what just happened," he said. "This is the death of the Republican Party."
After serving in Congress for more than two decades, 77-year-old Paul will end his political career in January when his term ends.