Please read the link below. It is a summary of the meeting that took place last Monday night in our AZ Legislative District # 4, the second largest GOP district in the state. AZ’s GOP “old guard” took a page out of Nevada’s playbook when they cancelled NV’s state convention because Ron Paul was winning too many delegates to the GOP National Convention.
We had more than enough Ron Paul supporters and other long-time Party conservatives to take all 5 district offices and all 57 delegates to the upcoming Jan ’09 GOP AZ State Convention. At our LD meeting in October we were successful in electing all 5 members of the Nominating Committee, so they new we were coming at them big time.
Realizing our strength (and their weakness) the District Chairman abruptly suspended the meeting (against Roberts Rules of Order and against our own District By-Laws) and quickly left the meeting. He also summoned Sheriff’s Posse Deputies whoappearently, upon his orders, said those remaining in the meeting room were now trespassing and subject to arrest if they did not leave.
The majority of our group, lead by the sitting District Vice-Chair and Ron Paul supporter (more than enough for a legal quorum), took the meeting outside to the parking lot, causing the Chairman to instruct the venue personnel to turn off all the parking lot lights. After some negotiation with a janitor, the lights were turned back on. The Chairman and his small group of co-conspirators assembled across the street to watch the events unfold. At one point they called on a cell phone, offering to “negotiate a fair solution”. No deal! We had the votes. It was our party now.
Subsequently the Chairman and his wife, an AZ House Member, appear to have gone into hiding and are not answering any of their phones. The GOP state party chairman, who may have orchestrated the (outgoing) district Chairman’s hasty retreat, has said that if we can’t resolve the dilemma in LD-4 within 2 weeks he will appoint all District Officers and the 57 State Convention Delegates. I wonder how many offices and delegates we’ll get if that happens!
This is the same AZ state party chairman who came to a Ron Paul rally earlier this year and encouraged all of us to get involved in the GOP is we wanted to bring change. Be careful what you wish for sir!
After McCain’s embarrassing loss, and further losses in both houses of Congress, don’t you think it’s time for the GOP (emphasis on the OLD) to stop shooting themselves in the foot (or a little higher up on the anatomical chart) and start working for the good of our country, not just what they think is the good of “their” Party?
To us, it’s not about power or personalities, it’s about Principle.
For a summary of the night’s events read this link to the Campaign for Liberty website.
If you’ve had similar experiences in your state, please post them here for all of us to read.