TAMPA, Fla. -- Western New York’s Republican leaders weren’t exactly impressed with the big show Ron Paul supporters made on the convention floor Tuesday.
Upset that the convention adopted new presidential nominating rules that will make it more difficult for insurgents like Paul to make serious runs for the nomination, Paul delegates booed and chanted loudly. And Paul himself told Fox News that he might not vote for GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
But Paul, a Texas congressman known for his libertarian views, has no delegates in New York and won little sympathy there.
“The party needs to come together and focus on the nominee,” said Erie County Republican Chairman Nicholas A. Langworthy. “This convention should be about Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. Anything else is a distraction.”
Michael J. Norris, the Niagara County Republican chairman, agreed.
“We’d ask all Republicans to come together so that we can elect Mitt Romney over the alternative,” he said.