Republican National Committeeman of Maine Mark Willis is running to be chairman of the national Republican National Committee, but he might not be allowed by the leadership to run. His crime? They think he might have supported Ron Paul in the 2012 presidential election.
Willis was listed on the Maine general election ballot as a declared write-in running mate to Congressman Paul. Current committee members are questioning whether or not he supported Romney in the election, which is an absolute must according to party rules. Willis claims that he did his Republican duty -- he supported Romney for President. He told The Daily Caller that he had "nothing to do with being listed as a write-in candidate on the ballot." He said, "I had no knowledge of it. No consent. I found out about it after the fact. After it had been done."
RNC leaders don't care if Willis had nothing to do with tying himself to Paul in his state of Maine, they feel that he should have publicly denounced the idea and separated himself from the rock-star Texas congressman. The RNC views Ron Paul as an enemy who must be defeated and forgotten. It has made no effort to reach out to the millions of energized freedom-oriented voters who supported him in 2012. The RNC leadership is afraid that Mark Willis' promise of a "fresh, innovative approach" might include Paulian policies that increase freedom. They are afraid when he means serious change when he says he offers "solutions that I believe are timely and vital to restoring good faith and success in the Republican Party." The RNC cares a lot about power, not so much about freedom -- or winning if this requires Ron Paul supporters.