CONYERS -- Ron Paul supporters cried foul after some of them were not selected as delegates by the local Republican Party during this past weekend's mass precinct meetings.
Almost all of the supporters of Paul's presidential campaign are members of the local Libertarian Party. David Williams, a Paul supporter and Rockdale Libertarian chairman, said he believed the party did not follow procedure during Saturday's meeting at the Conyers Holiday Inn.
Republicans from each of the county's 18 precincts elected representatives for the county's March 10 Republican convention. Along with establishing the local party's platform, the local convention selects delegates to the convention for the Fourth Congressional district.
"There was a lot of rudeness and a lot of standoffishness from the members of the Rockdale Republican Party, and it's been that way for a few years now," Williams said. "They seemed resentful of a lot of new faces coming into the room, which is strange since I thought they wanted to grow the party."
Williams said four Paul supporters were up for election to represent the Conyers precinct. Williams said a block of other voters, including Republican Party Chairman Don Williamson, as organized and voted against the Paul supporters.
Williamson said the Libertarians did the same thing in 2008 when Paul also ran for president. He said party activity is a significant factor for a lot of members in voting for someone at the precinct meetings.
"I'm sure there's one or two people who didn't make it and feel they were cut out because they are Ron Paulers," he said. "I would say along the lines of 'hey, start working with the party and earn your keep. Everybody else has.'"
The Republicans could not shut out the Libertarians, and as Williams pointed out to Williamson at the meeting, the Libertarian Party is not a recognized political party in Georgia. Therefore, its members were viewed at Saturday's GOP event as not belonging to any party.
Williams argued that he and others are Ron Paul supporters and since he is running as a Republican they should be allowed to participate in the local Republican party. Williams also said he helped organize several Tea Party events with the local party.
"A lot of people think it's all about their candidates," Williamson said. "You know, when it comes down to the county party, the county party's main function is not to put somebody in the White House. The county party's main function is to put someone in at 901 North Main St. (the county Board of Commissioners)."
In other news, The Fourth Congressional district GOP convention will be held in Conyers at the J.P. Carr Administration Building at 781 Taylor St. on April 14.
Williamson said reapportionment will have an affect on this year's district convention. DeKalb County was once the largest delegation based on votes cast in the 2008 elections. This year, Gwinnett will have the most delegates followed by Rockdale, DeKalb and Newton counties.