Maddow wonders whether Maine GOP ‘rigged’ caucuses

By Stephen C. Webster
Thursday, February 16, 2012 8:57 EDT
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MSNBC host Rachel Maddow, explaining the problems with the 2012 Maine GOP caucuses. Screenshot via MSNBC.
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In a segment Wednesday night, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow explored the murky waters currently occupied by the Maine GOP, which she suggested may have actually “rigged” the recent caucuses in favor of Mitt Romney.

“Hey, beltway media: over here!” she said. “This is not a Ron Paul conspiracy theory. I neither want to end the Fed nor discuss the arcane and hypothetical math of delegate allocation. The Ron Paul candidacy is not what this story is about. I don’t think it’s any particular candidate. But I think Republicans in the state of Maine may end up having to withdraw their declaration that Mitt Romney won the state of Maine, the same way that Republicans had to do in Iowa just last month.”

After a lengthy explanation, she concluded: “The rest of us are left to look at this disaster the Maine Republican Party has pulled off, and we’re left to wonder if this was rigged, if this was just a fiasco, and we’re left to wonder how long they will wait before they actually sort this out.”

This video was broadcast by MSNBC on Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2012.

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Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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