On July 7th Davis Dyer wrote a column for the Oregon Catalyst titled "Are Ron Paul supporters sabotaging the GOP?" Back on June 28th another author writing as Portland Aristotle on the Oregonian's OregonLive page wrote "The Ron Paul Revolution vs. Allen Alley at the Oregon Republican Party's district coventions". Dyer wrote about Ron Paul supporters who became PCPs to participate in district conventions to select the twenty eight delegates Oregon is sending to Tampa in August. He was particularly unhappy that the Ron Paul PCP's dominated in every district, only losing if they were not running a candidate.
Eric Shierman, also known as Portland Aristotle and author of" A Brief History of Political Cultural Change" wrote a lengthy piece on OregonLive decrying the executive leadership of the Oregon Republican Party. He states there was an intentional attempt to stop the delegate voting so the establishment ORP could appoint their own people as alternative delegates to the Ron Paul delegates. According to Shierman, each district chair were told to shut the voting down by 5 pm and the Republican state staff were told to grab the unused ballots.
"Now watch the Scooby Doo ending, where it gets announced that the ballots have been taken, two confident, yet tactful 20-somethings use the power of the camera in documenting evidence to force two angry state party workers to return those ballots to the convention."
Davis Dyer and Eric Shierman demonstrate how far apart members of the Oregon Republican Party really are. Ron Paul delegates call Romney "just another Obama" and Romney delegates know there aren't enough delegates for Paul to get nominated for president.
Shierman believes the Oregon Tea Party in Oregon has fizzled out. This new generation of Paul supporters are young and they are well organized. Shierman sees the continued growth of Ron Paul PCP's and he believes these kids supporting Ron Paul are the future of the Oregon Republican Party.
Ron Paul PCP's are about to become delegates to the state convention. Meanwhile, the chair of Oregon's Republican Party, Allen Alley is left holding a very messy bag.