GOP front-runner Mitt Romney wasn’t the only one making robo calls in Rockland, with one, by Rockland County Republican Party Chairman Vincent Reda, drawing the ire of Ron Paul supporters.
In his call, Reda asks his fellow Republicans to support Romney and states that the other GOP contenders had dropped out of the race.
But only Rick Santorum actually dropped out. Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich continue to seek the GOP nod in their quest for a presidential run.
Reda said the other candidates barely had a presence in New York, something he sees as meaning they had dropped out of serious contention.
Besides, he said, it is ultimately up to individual voters to choose.
“When folks get into the voting booth, his name will still be there,” Reda said. “I’m sure Ron Paul will get votes. I’m sure Newt Gingrich will get votes. Some people will even vote for Rick Santorum because his name is on the ballot.”
A request for comment from Arick Stall of the Paul campaign has not yet brought a response.
One Paul supporter, Oliver Marino, said Reda’s call will likely keep some Paul supporters home because they will feel as though they don’t have a chance to win. Marino sent an email about Reda’s call to numerous news media today.
“It seems to me to be voter tampering,” Marino said. “This chairman is saying there’s only one candidate running and that’s not the case.”
Marino won’t be among those voting. The French citizen currently lives in Montreal, but he became interested in Paul and his politics back in 2008, when he was a student at SUNY Oswego, Marino said.