I sent Dr. Fisher the following email based on the YouTube video concerning Rule 16 at the RNC convention:
I received this information concerning Rule 16 at the convention. Since you are mentioned in the summary on YouTube, you may want to address why you did not show up as mentioned by the writer. I have a high opinion of you and your ethics and do not believe that your actions were done as portrayed in this piece.
This is her response:
I am not on YouTube and don’t do social media well so please forward this to the parties sending this out and the others. I did not call any meeting as that was not my role as the Committeewoman for the RNC from North Carolina. At our morning State GOP breakfast on August 27th I was first apprised of some dissatisfaction regarding a rule 15a and 15b which I knew nothing about as it did not come up during the previous week’s RNC meeting. I promised people there that I would look into it. Chairman Hayes called the meeting and I was not there because I went to the brief opening of the Republican National Convention with NC GOP Vice Chairman Wayne King as a show of support for the RNC, to try to find members of the rules committee to discuss the concerns raised and to discuss with the chair a few other matters. So here it is as I saw it.
-the Rules Committee of the RNC had proposed a change in rules 12 and 16 (not 15a and 15b) and other sections; however, I nor Chairman Hayes nor Representative Lewis had been given these rules. Morton Blackwell of Virginia who sits on the RNC had passed out a flyer regarding his opposition to such.
-at the RNC gathering on the 27th I had a chance to briefly talk to Mr. Blackwell and a few others on the rules committee as well as expressed my opposition to the changes in 16 as initially written. The committee advising legal counsel was made well aware of my opposition to the initial proposal. A revision of section 16 was done which passed in the convention by a majority of voices to my ear though the opposing voices seemed small in number though audibly loud.
I was not at the state meeting of the 27th as stated on your YouTube message; but all the other information from my vantage is erroneous and mistakenly paints the issues as they aren’t. In my opinion three issues are in question and to date will likely be the subject of on-going discussions:
1. When are primaries to be held and what penalties are to be invoked for violating the dates given? This year several states including Florida lost delegates for moving their primaries up. If every state is allowed to do as it wants, we would end up with a national primary day which would be devastating to smaller states that would not get a chance to have candidates campaign there. NC is a small state. This system helped us be a battleground state and a voice to be heard this year. The system of penalties and date of primaries is one previously agreed to by the Democratic and Republican parties.
2. For states having proportional delegates, what is there to bind the delegate to the wish of a voter. You cannot let folks willy nilly get to a convention and decide they aren’t going to vote for the candidate to whom they are pledged. The changes to the rule make it so that people must vote for the candidate to whom they are pledged. If that candidate drops out, then that candidate must release that delegate and after reviewing the primary vote the chairman of the party in consultation with the RNC will decide what happens to that vote.
3. The right of a presumptive candidate to control any uncast votes prior to his/her election or selection as the candidate was of concern to all.
The RNC is not a rubber stamp for a candidate or others though some have inferred it is. I have my say whether people want to hear it or not and I must say that I don’t always prevail though I win more times than I lose.
The hidden question is also what do a minority of people do when they lose a vote. I say it depends on the nature of the issue. I can live with the rewriting of rule 16 and I went to each of those I knew who opposed it in the NC delegation as originally revised to tell them what happened. I also asked if they didn’t like the revision to please give me their best thinking on a revision which I would consider proposing in the future; however, we’ve got a candidate to elect Mitt Romney for President and races to run for our ticket. Defeating Obama is now again my first priority and we should not forget that!
The delay in my getting back to you is because I just returned from Florida at 8:30pm. I am tired and will not respond further on this issue in public. NC Republicans know how to reach me and know that I am always open to a response from them.
Ada M. Fisher, MD, MPH
NC Republican National Committeewoman