Paul's forum snub sparks ire

An Iowa forum for presidential-nomination candidates refuses to invite Republican-nomination hopeful Ron Paul of Texas

On June 30, Iowans for Tax Relief and the Iowa Christian Alliance plan to host a presidential-nomination candidates forum in Des Moines.

Of the 10 hopefuls who participated in the first three Republican debates, Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, is the ONLY candidate who WAS NOT INVITED to attend the event.

Paul was singled out for exclusion

Edward Failor, the executive vice president of Iowans for Tax Relief.
said "We had to make a cutoff line somewhere, and that's what we did"

Kent Snyder, the chairman of Paul's campaign, was not satisfied

Failor said that Paul was a fringe candidate

But look at the candidates they did invite :Duncan Hunter, Tom Tancredo, Tommy Thompson and John Cox.

Dr. Paul is so far ahead of them it's not even funny." with papers filed with the Federal Election Committe on March 12.

" The bizarre thing about this is that Paul is rated at the top of the chart by the National Taxpayer's Union and Failor is on it's board of directors," Snyder said.

Ten-term Congressman Paul "just spoke to this organization's board on June 14."

John Berthoud, the National Taxpayer Union's President said "We have named Congressman Paul the 'Taxpayer's Best friend four times and he wins an award from us EVERY year.

Iowans for Tax Relief makes it's own decision, and shall suffer the consequences.

The Republican Party of Iowa spokesperson will only investigate and query the group after the event on June 30.

It's just an unethical sort of thing.

The State Attorney General's office has been contacted regarding this malfeasance of the nonprofit group based in Muscatine.

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