I'm not sure what the motivations are for the Bartholomew County GOP Chairman's actions. In the case of Councilor Scales, it appears to be retribution because she has not supported Mayor Greg Ballard on some of his more controversial proposals. There seems to be concern around the state that persons who support Ron Paul plan to make mischief at the state convention. Indeed, Ron Paul supporters have been making plans to run their own slate of national convention delegates in the district caucus elections at this weekend's convention. Mitt Romney won at least 60% of the vote in every congressional district in this year's May 8th primary and is entitled to receive the three delegates and three alternates elected from each of the state's nine congressional districts. A state law provides that persons selected as a delegate at the state convention from a congressional district are required to support the candidate for president who received the highest number of votes in his or her congressional district. I.C. 3-8-3-11 provides:There are at least 3 of us duly elected delegates in Bartholomew County who paid our fee as specified, well in advance of the deadline given by the county party, who were told yesterday that our county chair is challenging us for non payment of the fee. The state party told us late yesterday that we need to go to a hearing in Indianapolis tomorrow (Wed, 6 June 2012) to present our evidence that we paid our fees on time.The election was May 8, I received a letter on May 10 from the secretary of the Bartholomew county GOP central committee stating that I needed to mail a check for $80 to PO Box 1723 by May 20. My check went out in the mail May 11.
On May 29, I heard that the county chair had e-mailed a couple of other delegates whose payment also went out in the May 11 mail, advising them that he had not received their fee. They went to the Columbus post office and were advised that the envelope containing their fee was still in the PO box.
I also went to the post office and was also advised that the envelope containing my payment was still in the PO box as well. A fourth elected delegate was also advised that his payment was still in the PO box, but the county chair has told him that he will not be challenged.
Pretty strange. I've attended conventions in 1996, 2008, and at least one or two others in between and never encountered anything such as this before.
A delegate or alternate delegate selected from a congressional district to the national convention of a political party shall, on the first ballot at the national convention, support the candidate for President of the United States who received the highest number of votes in the congressional district at the primary election if the person is in fact a candidate at the convention. A delegate-at-large or alternate delegate-at-large to the national convention is not required to support a specific candidate for President on any ballot at the convention.
UPDATE: Bill Starr posted a comment late Wednesday afternoon saying that the Bartholomew Co. Chairman withdrew his opposition to seating the three delegates, allowing them to serve.