David Asp was a delegate to the Republican National Convention for CD3. Here are few excerpts from the daily notes he sent from Cleveland, detailing his work on the Rules Committee.
MONDAY, JULY 18
Welcome to my first convention update from the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, which begins today. When I was asking for your vote to be a convention delegate in April, I pledged to provide daily updates from the convention. This update provides my perspective on the rules committee, and – in particular – the “conscience clause,” which has received significant attention during the weeks leading up to the Convention.
The Republican National Committee (“RNC”) has three representatives from each state – the party chair, national committeeman, and national committeewoman. As I’ve focused on learning more about how the RNC operates during the last few weeks, I’ve come to appreciate the work of our three RNC representatives – Chair Keith Downey, Chris Tiedeman, and Janet Beihoffer. The RNC has its own standing rules committee, and Janet ably represents Minnesota on that committee.
The Republican National Convention (“the Convention”) itself, has its own rules committee composed of one female and one male from each state and territory represented at the Convention. Our Minnesota delegation elected representatives to the Convention committee after the state convention in May. I was elected as the male representative, and Rep. Cindy Pugh was elected as the female representative
Every four years, the Convention adopts standing rules that govern the operation of the RNC. In 2012, the convention passed a rule allowing the RNC to change certain rules between conventions, but those changes are subject to review by the Convention committee and, ultimately, the Convention itself. So our job on the Convention committee was to pass rules governing the party (as well as rules for the convention itself), and send those to the full Convention for consideration. The rules committee will meet again briefly today, and -- after that -- the entire Convention will consider the rules.
The Conscience Clause
The Convention committee considered several amendments relating to whether Convention delegates should be bound to vote for a presidential candidate based on the results of primaries and caucuses in their states.