No signature, no photo. At a private reception for supporters before a speech to the Republican National Committee, a top aide to presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney risked creating an incident by enforcing that rule.
Romney held a gathering this morning for RNC members who have pledged to support his campaign at the convention in Tampa, Fla. To gain access and get a photograph taken, RNC members had to sign a pledge promising to vote for Romney.
But members of the Iowa delegation tried to join the party, even though they have not pledged to back Romney. Iowa National Committeewoman Kim Lehman was supporting former Sen. Rick Santorum; state party Chairman A.J. Spiker is the only one of the 168 RNC members to publicly back Rep. Ron Paul; and National Committeeman Steve Scheffler remains unpledged.
Ben Ginsberg, the Romney campaign's top lawyer, pulled the three from the line and escorted them out of the event, according to two other RNC members who were in the room. But not to worry: South Carolina National Committeewoman Cindy Costa intervened and made sure the Iowa delegation got their photos taken after the reception.