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I don’t even know, but I wonder how many of those, how many have been executed? Over 200, I wonder how many were minorities? You know, if you’re rich, you usually don’t meet the death penalty”
  —Ron Paul
 Interview with the Concord Monitor Editorial Board, August 18,

Hundreds of Ron Paul Supporters Occupy Cal. GOP Convention …

cloud of dread and hopelessness
that has hung over the
California Republican Party convention was blown away at noon today
as Republican Ron Paul supporters stormed the Hyatt in Burlingame
and raised the atrium with cheers of wild enthusiasm. 

 Hundreds of Ron Paul Supporters Occupy Cal. GOP Convention ...The Paul rally briefly injected
exuberance into a funereal convention being held by a failed and
dying state party. Throughout the morning, Republicans had grumbled
about the dim prospects for the party at the local, state and
national levels. 

Though the state party leadership is trying to focus voters on
one or two unifying issues in this vast state of 34 million people,
local party officials note that the California Republican Party
does not have the infrastructure to run a statewide campaign. Tim
Holabird, a director for the Lassen County GOP, noted that his
Republicans are facing far different issues  than those of Los
Angeles and San Francisco or even the Central Valley (which is
where the very faint voice of the California Republican Party can
be heard best – usually complaining about the shortage of
government-subsidized water). 

Nor has there been much optimism about candidates at the top of
the ticket. Though one CAGOP staffer said all the presidential
candidates had been invited, only Newt Gingrich accepted. During
lunch today, Gingrich and failed presidential candidate Herman Cain
both bombed as speakers, getting only sporadic applause, polite
laughter, and a brief, unsuccessful attempt at a “Newt Newt Newt”

 Hundreds of Ron Paul Supporters Occupy Cal. GOP Convention ...Gingrich’s unfresh face had
until this afternoon been the only emblem of the California GOP’s
dismal future. Convention attendees griped about the lack of young
Republicans, the party’s low voter registration, their own
inability to loosen the Democrats’ grip on every level of power,
and the lack of enthusiasm generated by any of the party’s

Meanwhile, the party’s hostility to freedom-oriented politics
was best embodied by attendee Craig Newton, a retired prison guard
on full pension who told this reporter he’d like to “punch” a Ron
Paul supporter or a Democrat “in the face.” 

That came to a ringing stop with the Ron Paul rally, which was
the weekend’s first sign of life. Paul supporters took over the
main display area at the hotel, and crammed into balconies and

Rick Williams, a West Hollywood candidate for Diane Feinstein’s
Senate seat, led chants of “End the Fed” and “Nobody But Paul,” but
the local libertarian movement was the real driving force behind
the occupation, which was quickly dispersed by police and hotel

 Hundreds of Ron Paul Supporters Occupy Cal. GOP Convention ...Other conventioneers I spoke
with disdained the Paul supporters. Several offered verbal support
for the police as the Paul supporters were removed. But all
acknowledged that this was the first evidence of true enthusiasm of
the weekend. Although the regular conventioneers accused the Paul
supporters of being outsiders, most of the ones I spoke with were
registered Republicans and in some cases active party members.
Marcus Negron, a Santa Cruz GOP central committee member, claimed
to have worked for the Republican Party for 20 years, and Williams
is a registered candidate in the Senate primary. (He is not the
party favorite; that title belongs to Elizabeth Emken, whom the
state GOP considers its best weapon against the formidable

After police removed the Paul supporters to the front of the
hotel. There, under the leadership of San Francisco Libertarian
Starchild, a remnant of Paul fans marched to the 101 Freeway. Paul
supporters will be holding events throughout the convention.

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