A former state lawmaker and the vice chairman of the Maine GOP's delegation at the national convention in Tampa said he was deeply disappointed with the way his party treated his fellow delegates from the Pine Tree State on Tuesday.
"It was railroaded through," Stavros Mendros said. Mendros was talking about a procedural vote from the convention floor where Maine's delegation, largely supporters of Texas Congressman Ron Paul, were ignored as they attempted to protest a ruling that stripped half of them of their rights to participate in the convention.
"I expected more out of my Republican Party," Mendros said. He pointed out that Paul supporters at the convention from other states' delegations, including Texas, Minnesota, Iowa, Alabama and Nevada, supported the Mainers.
They had formed a new rallying cry, "Remember the Maine 20," Mendros said. "That's what people are saying about the way we were dealt with here in Tampa."
Part of that delegation, and supporters of Texas Congressman Ron Paul, walked out of the Republican Party's National Convention in protest after a last ditch effort to be recognized from the convention floor was ignored.
A national GOP committee on credentials ruled last week that only half of Maine's 20 Ron Paul delegates would be allowed to take their seats and vote at the convention. The same committee decided that the 10 who were being ruled illegitimate be replaced with 10 supporters of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. Romney was easily nominated Tuesday to the presidential ticket.
Some of those protesting from Maine wore clothespins, embellished with miniature plastic lobsters on their noses as they walked out.
Despite their absence, 10 Paul delegates were included in Maine's roll call vote, with 14 for Romney and 10 for Paul, Maine Republican Party Chairman Charlie Webster said.
Mark Willis, a Paul supporter from Dennysville, said it was a "travesty" that the Maine vote didn't include all 20 delegates elected at the state convention.
"The governor knows who won that election at our convention in Maine," Mendros said. "He's the ultimate arbitrator and he refused to come to the convention over what happened."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.