Ron Paul supporters’ silent protest over rules changes

Liz Goodwin

A few Ron Paul supporters are staging a silent protest of rules changes adopted Tuesday that give more power to the national party leadership over states.

The delegates wanted to debate a minority report that struck the rules changes, but were dismissed by John Boehner after a close voice vote Tuesday. One new rule allows the RNC to change the rules that all the delegates hashed out last week at any point over the next two years.

Jim Uprichard, a Nevada delegate, sported the T-shirt Thursday, standing out in the crowd of jacket-wearing delegates.
Maryland delegate and state Rep Michael Smigiel said he is also upset about the rules changes, which makes the party "top down," he says. But Smigiel thinks it's time to move on and not distract from Romney's nomination. "It's in the past," he said. "It's time to support the nominee."