The Paulistas in Missouri and other places put up a ferocious fight last year for convention delegates and control of state delegations.
But the Romney team kept them from putting Paul’s name in nomination for president at the convention.
Some have suggested that we need to fight ferociously to take over the GOP but I think when any real threat exists like one to Romney did last year they will be taken down by last minute rule changes, changing meeting locations, using executive committees to overrule regular committees.
Despite knowing about the Paulista threat — especially after the practice run four years earlier — David Cole was unprepared to handle the “threat”. Many counties were STILL unprepared for the “sneak attack” at their caucus.
As an attorney and having had years of leadership over committees, he failed to effectively run the state convention. When the Paulistas used their delay tactics — that resulted in a 2-hour delay in breaking for lunch! — many delegates eventually left and they nearly took over before the convention was adjourned.