Delegates to N.H. GOP State Convention Overwhelmingly Reject RNC Rule 12 As Antithetical to Republican Values

CONCORD, N.H.—New Hampshire Republicans overwhelmingly supported the party’s traditional bottom-up power structure at the N.H. GOP State Convention on Saturday in a nearly unanimous voice vote that passed a RLCNH-sponsored resolution rejecting RNC Rule 12 and asserting the primacy of RNC delegates in setting party rules.

The resolution, incorporated below, is a rejection of Rule 12, which was passed under questionable circumstances during the Republican National Convention in Tampa along with other problematic rules. The rules impose a top-down structure of governance over the party’s traditional grassroots makeup and reduce the power and autonomy of state and local party organizations by removing their oversight over the national organization.  

“Although the effort to pass Saturday’s resolution was led by liberty-minded Republicans through the RLCNH, it is clear from the overwhelming support of the New Hampshire GOP delegates that Republicans from all corners of the party are concerned about the new national party rules,” said Carolyn McKinney, chairman of the Republican Liberty Caucus of New Hampshire. “I’m so proud that even after a contentious state party platform debate, the New Hampshire Republican Party sent a strong, united message to the RNC.

“After all, one of the cornerstones of the Grand Old Party is a belief in republicanism, which is the idea that power is distributed and limited by checks and balances,” McKinney added. “Those values are embodied in our Constitution and they were the basis of the Republican Party when it was founded and for most of its history. This resolution will hopefully send a message from all Republicans in New Hampshire that we want our party to remain republican, because those are the values that will give us the moral foundation to continue to advance our Republican ideals.”


Whereas, the new party rules at the Republican National Convention in Tampa were adopted under questionable circumstances with disregard for convention rules;

Whereas, the new rules impose a top-down structure of governance in place of the party’s traditional bottom-up structure and reduce the power and autonomy of state and local party organizations;

Whereas, the changes to Rule 12 give unprecedented power to the national committee to change party rules without the input and approval of state parties and their members;

Whereas, it is to benefit of the New Hampshire Republican Party that First in the Nation rules not be open to change between conventions;

Therefore, be it resolved that:

We condemn Rule 12 as antithetical to Republican values and assert the primacy of the delegates to the Republican Convention in setting party rules;

We reject the new top-down structure of governance as detrimental to the long-term success of the Republican Party.

It’s important to note that New Hampshire Republicans were the first to advance this resolution at a state party convention in an effort to lead the nation’s Republicans in a grassroots’ effort to reclaim the party for the people. RLCNH Chairman Carolyn McKinney was the author and sponsor of the resolution, and she was the only state delegate to speak about the resolution before it was almost unanimously adopted. Various observers said the voice vote enjoyed 90:10 support.


About The Republican Liberty Caucus of New Hampshire
The Republican Liberty Caucus of New Hampshire, a state chapter of the national Republican Liberty Caucus, was launched in December 2004 to promote the ideals of limited government, individual liberty, personal responsibility, free enterprise and adherence to the N.H. and U.S. Constitutions among Republican Party officials and throughout the state by identifying and supporting candidates sympathetic with the organization’s ideals, and by supporting, through public education and outreach, initiatives in the N.H. Legislature that further these ideals. For more information about the RLCNH, please visit rlcnh.org.