Immediately following the announcement that the MIGOP would allocate the Republican Party’s two at-large delegates from Tuesday’s statewide primary to candidate Mitt Romney, there was breaking news of a teleconference by the MIGOP Credentials Committees which set off a firestorm that is making national news headlines (example headlines are linked below).
I’ve received a lot of emails, Facebook messages, and phone calls since late last week and I wanted to provide an update.
First of all, I need to express regret for breaking one of my own important cardinal rules, which is to know the source of ALL information before putting anything out publicly, no matter how authentic that information may appear. Such a rule is part and parcel of a standard for credible reporting based on the facts which I have set for myself and because I believe I have a responsibility to the people who follow Grassroots in Michigan.
On Thursday, March 1st I put out an e-mail Newsletter entitled “Dele-Gate: Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap!”, based on a breaking story by a blogger on the long-standing web site, RightMichigan.com.
I’ve realized the reason I broke my own rule is that the information fit with too many familar truths. However, when a controversy is first breaking the best thing to do is stand back and search for the veritiable facts.
The truth is:
- The blogger who broke the story works for Strategic National, a political consulting firm hired by the Santorum campaign.
- There ARE serious questions about what the delegate allocation rules are, how they are made, when they are changed, who has the authority in specific instances
- There ARE questions about what occurred on the Tuesday evening teleconference convened by the MIGOP Credentials Committee
- Mitt Romney is the favorite candidate of the Republican “powers that be” when considering the totality of endorsements from the leadership of the MIGOP, the members of the Credentials Committee and prominent Michigan Republicans. Michigan Leaders Lining Up for Romney Amway Founding Families Endorse Romney
- It’s going to take more time to get to the full truth of the matter because – the more the matter is examined, the more questions that arise.
Since Thursday, I have spent a lot of time looking into this whole matter, including reading the relevant documents at issue, researching background material and events, and making contact with a number of individuals, including Michigan’s National Committeeman Saul Anuzis.
While Mr. Anuzis deserves credit for his willingess to discuss the whole matter at length, when other members of the MIGOP leadership were not, I do have additional questions for him, and will be following up to pursue them.
Once I am able to report information that is verifiable via multiple independent sources, I will report more.
Saul Anuzis’s Statement on Michigan’s Delegate Allocation
February 7th Memo from the Credentials Committee
March 1st Memo Michigan Delegate Allocation Republican National Convention
Santorum Campaign formal request to the RNC for an investigation
Michigan Delegate Drama
Rick Santorum’s Lawyer Protests Michigan Delegate Allocation In Letter To RNC
As always, I appreciate the support and trust of the people who follow Grassroots in Michigan,