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(UPDATED) Ron Paul's MN Convention Speech Drawing 5th District Interest

Local Republicans readying for Paul's appearance Friday.

See updates below. Ron Paul is set to speak at the Minnesota Republican convention Friday, and party activists in the Fifth District are preparing for a possible Paul win—with one local activist saying "I get the feeling I'm witnessing history."

Paul is poised to make a strong showing in Minnesota after congressional-district conventions gave him 20 of 24 available national delegates. The Texas congressman was denied a speaking slot at the 2008 state convention, but has proven a popular candidate and speaker here since—turning fans away, for example, from an shortly before .

On Monday, Paul announced his campaign would stop spending money in states that haven't yet held primaries or caucuses (see video). But that didn't seem to dampen the enthusiasm and sense of anticipation of Paul's Fifth District fans.

Update (9:30 a.m. Tuesday): Adam J. Weigold, chair of the Fifth Congressional District MNGOP, said by email Tuesday Paul has a supermajority of support from the district: 

"At the CD5 convention Paul had support from between 90-125 of the 150 delegates. The state convention delegates are elected separately, but by the same groups that elect to the CD5 convention. It's safe to assume that a super-majority of them from CD5 are Paul supporters. All three delegates and all three alternates elected from CD5 to the national convention are Paul supporters."

Weigold said he sees Paul's appearance as a chance for Minnesota Republicans to show off their big-tent approach:

"Over the last 4 years the Minnesota Republican party has slowly been thawing to the realization that a large influx of people are willing to join the ranks of the Republican Party if it returns to it's base principals that Dr. Paul stands for. Giving Ron Paul the stage during the convention is a big step in the direction of allowing the party to grow. I sincerely hope the MNGOP leadership continue to advance the party in the direction of being a party of addition and not subtraction, a party of inclusion not rejection, a party that stands for something instead of pandering to the lowest common denominator. We have welcomed Ron Paul's supporters with openness and transparency in the Fifth district, and I hope delegates from across the state do the same this weekend in St. Cloud.

Fifth District Standard-bearer
Chris Fields
, the , said by email Monday he is looking forward to Paul's appearance:

"It’s exciting to have a high profile guest at our convention this week. I’m glad that the Congressman will be bringing attention to Minnesota, which has a vibrant political community. A number of the Congressman’s supporters are also supporters of mine, and I’m sure that those attending the convention will be excited to see a presidential candidate swinging by our great state."

Fields' rival for the party endorsement, Lynne Torgerson, said afterwards that the Fifth District convention had been "." (She then .) Torgerson, reached by phone Monday as she returned to the Twin Cities from Marshall, MN, said she was leaving for a trip to Israel and wouldn't be attending the convention, although she may keep tabs on the action via the Internet.

Local Voices
One of the local party leaders supporting Paul is Camden Pike, Republican chair in the (new) state , in the northeast corner of the Fifth District. Pike said by email Monday that while Paul has "stopped actively campaigning in upcoming primary states, the race is far from over." Pike continued: 

We will now shift to a strong grassroots campaign that is already on the ground in major states such as California. We will continue to work, both here in Minnesota, as well as in other states, to win Dr. Paul as many delegates as possible to the National Convention in Tampa, Florida. There is much work to be done, not just in the presidential race, but in our local campaigns as well. The campaign for liberty is not an effort defined by one man, but a movement to restore freedom and financial security to our state, and to our nation.

Republican District 41 vice chair and Fridley City Committee Chair John Anderson said by email Monday he supports Paul though does not describe himself as a "Paulite." He foresees a possible Paul win in Minnesota:

Personally, I think Ron Paul speaking at the convention will be a big deal to everyone who is attending, whether they support him or not. There is always a lot of energy when he makes appearances. He has a very non traditional strategy to getting the nomination. I have to say that it's looking more and more like it could be successful. If it is then we will find party politics in states that elect delegates at conventions to be much more aggressive in the future. This strategy really doesn't require campaigning in the classic sense. Might be a smart move, all I know is I get the feeling I'm witnessing history that I will talk about with my kids either way.

Update (Noon Tuesday): Richard Walch of Fridley says he is happy to see Paul get delegate support to advance a more limited role for the United States around the world:

"The movement isn't about him, it's about what he stands for. So I remain as motivated as ever to continue working to elect delegates to Tampa. They'll be able to influence party rules (to encourage transparency and fairness in nominations) and change the party platform. For me, I'm primarily motivated by foreign policy: I believe we need to return to a restrained foreign policy consistent with the Constitution and the intent of the framers."

Betty M May 15, 2012 at 04:00 AM
Ron Paul will do better than Romney at the convention because real people show up at the convention, not Goldman Sach or Morgan Stanley.
27Reasons May 15, 2012 at 04:12 AM
"In the coming days, my campaign leadership will lay out to you our delegate strategy and what you can do to help." Ron Paul 05-14-12.
27Reasons May 15, 2012 at 04:12 AM
SO TRUE!
David Haines May 15, 2012 at 05:29 AM
I don't follow Ron Paul closely but from the news snippets I have been seeing lately he seems to be gaining momentum. Could get interesting!
joshua jorgensen May 15, 2012 at 02:56 PM
We need a man like paul in office! Between obama and romney our country is doomed! Let's restore our country back to the power of the people not the out of controll government who spies on their own citizens! Vote ron paul!
Lynne Torgerson for Congress May 16, 2012 at 01:12 AM
Ron Paul's platform is the same as would be the Muslim Brotherhood's. Ron Paul Libertarian's are anti Israel, they want to get rid of the TSA, they want to get rid of the Patriot Act, they are anti-Homeland Security, they de-moralize our military personnel, and, among other things, they are anti-war. Some, including well respected terrorism expert Frank Gaffney say that Ron Paul is being funded in part by the Muslim Brotherhood, via Grover Norquist. Frank Gaffney has long been trying to expose Grover Norquist's ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. Personally, I do not know the truth or falsity of the claim. Ron Paul Libertarians however are extremely well organized, both locally and nationally. This takes millions and millions of dollars. Who is funding the Ron Paul Libertarians? It also appears that the Ron Paul Libertarians are making a play for the Republican Party of the State of Minnesota. Ron Paul Libertarian's other views are PROGRESSIVE. They are pro gay rights, they want to legalize illegal drugs, they want to legalize prostitution. This is your Republican Party people. Do nothing at your peril.
Lynne Torgerson for Congress May 16, 2012 at 01:13 AM
Many Ron Paul Libertarians also believe the absolute lunacy that our US Government was involved in 911.
Camden Pike May 16, 2012 at 04:37 AM
Lynne, just an FYI, progressivism demands greater government intervention, libertarians demand minimal government intervention. There's a distinct difference.
John Anderson May 16, 2012 at 06:08 AM
Don't feed the trolls
James Sanna (Editor) May 16, 2012 at 01:30 PM
@Alterverse - Your comment was deleted for violating Patch's terms of service (http://southwestminneapolis.patch.com/terms) banning content that is "defamatory, abusive, obscene, profane or offensive." If you'd like to re-post the substance of your comment without the insults, you're more than welcome to do so.
AlterVerse May 16, 2012 at 02:05 PM
To compare Ron Paul Libertarians with the Muslim Brotherhood is defamatory and abusive. It violates Patch's terms of service. However, let me correct you. 1. Ron Paul supporters are NOT anti Israel. Not by any means. I can't speak for ALL RP supporters but... 2. I think the Department of Homeland Security has become a behemoth and is far over reaching their bounds. 3. I think the TSA gropes children and the elderly. Not to mention everyone else. And they are spreading out into ball games, community events and the highways of America. Welcome to the new USSR. 4. Ron Paul receives more campaign contributions from the military than Obama and Romney combined. I don't think the military is de-moralized. I think they're tired of fighting wars that make no sense. THAT is de-moralizing and deadly. Death is permanent. 5. I am anti-war. Go fight in Afghanistan, watch your pal get his legs blown off and then try to figure out why we are there in the first place? To 'smoke out' terrorists who live in caves? Come on, they ride camels to get across the desert . Do you really think they're going to come to America and harm anyone? Those who flew the planes into the World Trade Center came from Saudi Arabia mainly. 6. I think gay people should have rights, don't you?
Kristene Honzik May 16, 2012 at 04:38 PM
Ron Paul is for STATES' RIGHTS, not the rights of a particular group of people other than a state. Mittens people are so arrogant that they openly cheat and lie and don't care who knows about it. But here's the difference. Overall, those people don't show up as delegates as we do. And the ones that do show up can't help themselves. They must cheat and assault people and have the shittiest attitudes that I've ever seen. It's really disgraceful. That's why this is not over till it's over.
Mickey May 16, 2012 at 11:00 PM
First, your comparison of the 'Liberty movement' to the Muslim Brotherhood is so far fetched that you contradict yourself ("they are anti-war"). It comes as no surprise that a Romney supporter would make contradictory statements... as they've learned from the best. Next, you claim that it takes "millions and millions of dollars" to organize. How much money did people get paid to run a marathon? Also, you think that the TSA was put into place to protect us? Any airline could hire a security firm to do a better job than the TSA do. Obviously you have no concept of liberty or the Constitution. And since you are so enthusiastic about war, I suggest you sign up immediately. By the way, the FDA approves many drugs that are far more dangerous than marijuana everyday. You can see them when you go back & watch Faux News, after you read this.
DRock May 16, 2012 at 11:35 PM
Lynne, what's stopping you from enlisting in the military and fighting these wars yourself and upholding the old testament foreign policy that you believe so much in? Chicken hawk. Your attempts to repeatedly negatively label us "Ron Paul libertarians" doesn't mean a thing, it's actually a term of endearment. "If you analyze it I believe the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism," Ronald Reagan. If the Republicans want to win, they can't do it without the libertarian wing of the party, no question about it.
Randy Henning May 17, 2012 at 03:14 AM
Is Lynne a dual citizen with Israel and the US? She or he quits and goes to on a trip to Israel, why? I think a lot of so called Christians want Armegeddon to happen ASAP, that they are not concerned on whose side they will be fighting. It will not be Jesus who start the battle, but he will certainly finish it. Pro-War drum beating is against everything Jesus taught.
Randy Henning May 17, 2012 at 03:34 AM
Ron Paul will not cease campaigning. That is a misleading statement. Ron is simply campaigning where the he can get the most bang for the buck, and that is states with conventions and delegates and platforms. 18 states do not have all three of those. Democracy was hated by the Founders, so they created a Republic with check and balances. Primaries are democracies in action and can easily be swayed by the lies of the sole source(AP) media. So a vote by the masses is based on the ignorance supplied by the mass media. Caucuses on the other hand, are republic representative based systems that require real people to show up and debate and stay for days, at local, district, and state events. Computer votes made of electrons and ballot boxes can be easily lost, but a live person, standing, will demand to be counted, and not in secret, but by a call of division of the vote! I know Minnesota is smart, and this weekend, we will see that they are also brave and good.
Al Phillips May 17, 2012 at 03:46 AM
Lynne- You are ignorant to say that Ron Paul is funded by the Muslim Brotherhood. Since Sharia Law is unconstitutional, Ron Paul could never support it, much less allow it to be forcefully imposed on us. Second, even though I am a Ron Paul supporter, I am not a Libertarian. I have never been, and never will be a Libertarian Party member. I am a constitutional conservative Republican. As such, I believe that the USA Patriot Act violates the 4th Amendment, invades our privacy, and must be repealed. The TSA has been groping people in airports for years now, and has also set up checkpoints on some interstates; which could invariably be used to confiscate peoples' guns. The Department of Homeland Security is unconstitutional, and should be abolished as well. Our original homeland security is the 2nd Amendment. Ron Paul supporters don't demoralize the military, since he has received more military monetary donations than anybody else running in the 2012 election cycle. I'm not anti-war per- se, I just believe that war should be officially declared, that we do what we must to win, and get out. No need for nation building, which we cannot afford, and has contributed greatly to the US national debt. If you don't know the truth or falsity of a particular claim, you shouldn't discuss it as if it was a fact. Ron Paul's campaign gets funded by many individuals' donations, many $100 or less. Ron Paul supports DOMA, and states that define marriage traditionally. He supports the 10th Amendmt.
Chris Steller (Editor) May 17, 2012 at 10:04 AM
Keep it civil, folks. I had to delete a comment that was not in keeping with Patch's Terms of Use (see bottom of this page, under "Patch Info).
F. Eidbo May 17, 2012 at 02:47 PM
Note to the Editors: the question you are asking is missing "will". Do you think Ron Paul {WILL} do better than Mitt Romney at the Minnesota GOP convention?
Chris Steller (Editor) May 17, 2012 at 02:51 PM
Thank you, F. Eidbo! I (WILL) fix that!
DougDavis May 18, 2012 at 03:04 AM
I am a Ron Paul supporter. I do not believe the US Government was involved in 911, unless you consider Blow back from occupying Saudi Arabia, interfering in Iran's politics for 60 years, or arming the Taliban in Afghanistan to fight against Russia, or supplying poison gas and weapons to Saddam Hussein to fight against Iran as involvement. There are some pretty outstanding questions about 911, such as how did an entire building collapse when it was not damaged or hit by a plane. Why was it the all the documents concerning Enron were destroyed in building 7 and the Pentagon. All Ron Paul has ever said was there are unanswered questions, and he does not believe the Government was behind it. I am going to tell you why you do not like Ron Paul and his supporters. It is because we question things that do not make sense and a lot of times it is the actions of the Government that we question. That is our right. You are so comfortable in your bubble of what you think is safety and reality that people like me threaten to burst your bubble. Fox News, Limbaugh, Hannity, Drudge Report all lie to you. There is no investigating or reporting they all serve as entertainment. purposes only, they are companies that are there to make a profit. I support Israel I have relatives there and land in my family. I can also question their actions. You have been lied to. so your homework! Get more sources other than entertainment sources. Research requires multiple creditable sources!
Bob in Boston May 18, 2012 at 05:27 PM
Doesn't make any sense to call Ron Paul the underdog when he's already won more delegates than Romney in 10 states including Romney's home state! It's Romney who's the underdog at the conventions - it's only the media and the GOP establishment who keep saying Romney's the winner!

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