“It is critical for Alaska Republicans to finalize the 2012 Party Platform, and complete the work of the Convention Committees,” Millette writes in a short press release. “The matters brought forth by Delegates from their communities, and crafted into Resolutions, deserve the consideration and vote of the Convention body.”
Ruedrich, however, calls the statement a ‘gross miscarriage’ of fact.
“It suggests that state officers and appointees would review anything left over,” Ruedrich says. “The state central committee, which consists of all the state district chairman, as well as bonus votes, as well as the statewide officers, will be the only ones reviewing anything the convention does not cover.”
Paul supporters, like alternative party delegate Maria Rensel, say they were not happy about the way that convention ended. She feels Ruedrich purposely stopped the meeting to avoid losing power before his term is set to expire in Feb. 2013.
“The Rules Committee… adopted the idea that Randy Ruedrich would be gone right away,” Rensel says. “The reason why he doesn't want the convention to reconvene is the same reason he wanted to dismiss people before the convention has completed business.”
But Ruedrich feels the Paul supports have a different motive.
“The Ron Paul folks, who have put this press release out, want to have a session to attempt to replace the delegates that were elected with an all Ron Paul slate to go to Tampa,” Ruedrich says. “Thereby circumventing the people of Alaska of their vote on March 6.”
Rensel maintains Ruedrich’s stance about replacing presidential convention delegates is absolutely false.
“We realize that process has already been completed, and no changes will be made,” Rensel says.
"The new hierarchy in the Republican party was elected because we want to see the process followed. And it was hijacked by Ruedrich. Dismissed early. And we want to complete the process.”
Ruedrich says immediately changing leadership, after working through redistricting issues, would be irresponsible to candidates he has already recruited.
On Sunday, Millette responded to Ruedrich allegations, saying they're not true.
"We're not there to replace these delegates," Millette said. "We have no intention of doing that. They were duely, lawfully elected. They'll stay where they were duly, lawfully elected and that's where they belong."
The state convention is scheduled for June 9. Ruedrich says it is not necessary for anyone but state officers to attend since he is only formally announcing election results the public has already been made aware of.Email Matthew Simon.