Ron Paul Republicans Slowly, but Surely Taking Over State GOP Parties; Arizona, Florida, Iowa, Michigan

By on January 7, 2013

by Ezra Van Auken

Since former Rep. Ron Paul’s last Presidential run, the Liberty Movement’s influence on the Republican Party has thickened and spread. Just in the past few weeks, multiple state GOPs have elected the Libertarian-leaning supporters to key positions within the party. As SLN reported, “The new additions to Michigan’s Republican Party are Andrew Fink, chairman; Amy Preston, vice chairwoman; Brad Shafer, secretary; and Eric Rothoff, treasurer.”

Michigan isn’t the only state that is seeing a change in ideology – Florida, Arizona and Iowa have all witnessed many “Ron Paul Republicans” become a part of the GOP. Specifically in Florida, Miami-Dade County has surprised many. Sunshine State News explained, “48 to 51 of the approximately 128 new committee persons seated Tuesday self-identify as supporters of Congressman Ron Paul’s Libertarianism/Conservatism…” going on to state, “Two Paul supporters were elected to the board of directors of Miami-Dade County’s Republican Executive Committee; one of the largest REC’s in the state: Rosa Palomino as vice chairwoman and Elizabeth Romney-Robayna as treasurer.”

In heavily contested and gritty Iowa, a fellow Rep. Paul and Liberty Movement supporter, A.J. Spiker managed reelection as the State’s GOP chairman. The Des Moines Register notes, “After Spiker was elected 11 months ago, he hired Paul movement members as executive director, communications director and finance director. Paul backers have the biggest footprint on the 18-member central committee.” In regards to Spiker and the GOP, The Iowa Republican Party website details, “His fellow former Ron Paul campaign vice-chair David Fischer was selected RPI co-chair.” Iowa’s GOP also elected Paul backer, John Kabitzke and Mark Donald to treasurer and secretary positions; showing a real thirst for civil liberties, sound money and non-interventionist foreign policy.

Long-time Republican and the co-chairman of the Iowa GOP, who lost to Spiker, Bill Schickel showed defiance against the Liberty Movement, saying, “The words are fine about reaching out and opening the doors of our party, but when our chair, our executive director, our communications director, our finance director are all from the Campaign for Liberty that sends a message that is disenfranchising to many, many of our Republicans,” to the GOP committee.

Finally, the state of Arizona has seen Ron Paul Republicans’ message resonate as well inside the GOP. In Mohave County, multiple Liberty Republicans claimed spots in the GOP. Joan Lewis was elected to 1st vice chair; Michelle Arnett received 2nd vice chair and Cassandra Mooneyham won secretary. According to Mooneyham, there were other counties as well that saw similar Ron Paul Republican achievements.

Mooneyham explained, “I see a trend toward holding our elected officials accountable. I also see many people who want to switch from a top down leadership to a bottom up within the Republican Party. They want the PC’s making the proposals to the State and National leadership versus the leadership dictating to the PC’s.”

As elections veer around for 2014 throughout the legislative branch, it is likely you may see many more Ron Paul Republicans take a seat on the Hill, in D.C.


The positions of winning Ron Paul Republicans are in the Muskegon County GOP, not the Michigan state GOP.

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  1. Kristi

    January 7, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    In Florida a few were elected but the Republican Party of FLorida is not seating ANY of them. So the voters might be leaning towards liberty, but taking over the party? Not really…

    • Ezra

      January 7, 2013 at 11:02 pm

      Thanks for the info Kristi, please e-mail me –

  2. iowa pam

    January 8, 2013 at 12:12 am

    there are a lot of ways to fight for freedom. thanks for the wake up call and the quiet lessons. I am grinning from ear to ear!

  3. Replace Priebus

    January 8, 2013 at 12:46 am

    Where the head turns the body will follow. We must remove Reince Priebus from the helm as well as kick out those who continue to put party before principle.

    Mark Willis for RNC Chair! –>

  4. Cyntha Kennedy

    January 8, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    Don’t forget Nevada! Both our National Committeeman & Committeewoman are RP, as well as many on e-board & County Chairs! Nevada helped nominate Ron Paul at Tampa!

  5. M.T.

    January 8, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    I do not want to give any spoilers but our county republican committee will be meeting tomorrow night, of which I am a voting member. We have two positions open on the state committee, one is committee woman and one is our county chair. Odds are good that both those positions will be taken by Liberty Minded RP supporters. If this occurs the State Committee will have a Ron Paul Liberty Majority. One more State will Join that Number. I do not want to give any more details for fear of alerting our opposition but I will follow up with the results either way.

    • M.T.

      January 9, 2013 at 9:20 pm

      Success on one, our State Committee Woman. Our country chair is semi unknown although historically has had libertarian leanings in previous positions. I think we can safely say Maine now has a Liberty Majority On the State Committee. Add us to to list.

  6. Jefe

    January 8, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    The GOP cut its own throat in the last cycle.

  7. AG

    January 9, 2013 at 1:35 am

    A shift that needs to be continued….proud to have knocked on doors in the name of this cause for the single-most Ron Paul backed county in the U.S. per vote counts in the 2012 primaries….Benton County, MN. A firm grasp on liberty is the only future for the Republican Party.

  8. Cody

    January 9, 2013 at 1:44 am

    There is only one certain method of “holding your elected leaders accountable.” If you are a PC, be sure to file your oath as required by your state statutes.
    In Arizona it’s in ARS 38. What about your state?

  9. doktor

    January 9, 2013 at 11:24 am

    Minnesota sent a large majority of delegates to the national convention in 2012. The Republican party had a serious wake up call after their demonizing behavior in the last election. They thru the Ron Paul supporters under the bus. They need to lean more to Libertarian views
    to separate themselves from the progressive socialist Democratic party.
    To have any chance of saving our Republic a new direction of freedom and liberty needs to take hold.

  10. Wanda Piety

    January 9, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    I live in Los Angeles county, and we just had our election for the Executive Board of the County Council Members. 98% elected are strong Ron Paul Constitutional Republic republicans. I would say, of those elected as general members of the County Council Members, more than 60% are Ron Paul supporters. And the ones that aren’t are coming over. In the two AD’s I meet with as Chair of one of the AD’s, from the San Fernando Valley area, 100% are Ron Paul supporters. That’s about 25 people from the combined AD’s. This is substantial. We are now in the process of identifying the Ron Paul supporters/Constitutional Republic Republicans running for the paid political office positions, and really pushing their campaigns. It’s wonderful to be participating in Ron Paul’s Revolution! LOVE IT!

  11. Jay Michaud

    January 9, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    Note that the newly-elected officials listed in the first paragraph were elected to offices in the Muskegon County Republican Party, not the Michigan Republican Party. (See Muskegon County Republican Party elects ‘Tea Party, Ron Paul-types’ as executive officers, goes more conservative.) I think that state-level elections will occur at the next state convention.

    • Paul Segers

      January 9, 2013 at 7:56 pm

      @Wanda Piety – are you involved with Campaign for Liberty? If not, please email me at

      Jay Michaud – that is correct; the next State-wide county convention is February 7th. This will be to select delegates to the District Caucus on the 2/22 (where district leadership and 7 MRP delegates are elected), and the State convention on 2/23 (where the State-wide officers are elected, such as Chairman and the vice-chairs).

  12. Donavon

    January 10, 2013 at 1:37 am

    Don’t forget Louisiana. Libertarians are strong and gaining much ground here.

  13. alan chandler

    January 10, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    I think they were stuck on “electability”. I like Paul but can he be elected?

    The big failure in a democracy is politicians are dealing with the vast majority of people being uninformed and they know it. They cater to votes before principles.

  14. Roger

    January 10, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    THANK You Wanda for all the support and info in LA and the Valley.

  15. Victoria

    January 11, 2013 at 3:20 am

    Yay!!! This makes me happy.

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