GOPer: Rules change would prevent ‘dictatorial’ convention

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) – A member of the Republican National Committee trying to revamp GOP rules for nominating a presidential candidate says without the change, party leaders could exert “almost dictatorial power” at this summer’s nominating convention.

Solomon Yue is RNC committeeman from Oregon. Party leaders meet this week in Hollywood, Florida, to discuss whether to propose changing bylaws for the GOP convention.

Yue wants to let delegates block the convention’s presiding officer from allowing the nomination of fresh candidates for president.

In an email obtained by The Associated Press to other Republicans, Yue says if the presiding officer is unchecked, it would lead to “confusion, chaos, manipulation and revolt at the convention.”

In a written statement, the RNC said Chairman Reince Priebus will oppose changing convention rules at this week’s Florida meeting.

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