This is why the Republican Party is as screwed up as it is, today. In '08 I was elected in precinct and went to county. A friend in another county did the same. Each of us experienced what happened in this Missouri county, the Chair took control, said they had resolved/decided all points and we would continue from there.
We did nothing. I would have been rude to make a ruckus wouldn't it?
They must abide by the rules. As our law are so are rules of conduct a part of our foundation and acceptance of their violation is acceptance of our deterioration.
‘St. Patrick’s Day Massacre’ Takes Place During GOP Presidential Caucus in St. Charles, Missouri
GOP voters began showing up at the high school two hours before the caucus was set to begin at 10 a.m. Though the meeting didn’t start on time as organizers worked to accommodate the near-overflow crowd, attendees would get more than they bargained for before the day ended.
Most of the people with whom I spoke after the meeting shared a belief that Ron Paul supporters were responsible for most of the disruptive behavior. [Good on them. If we don't take a stand in our precincts or county and state they, the TPOS crowd, will know they own us
] Others shared the belief that county GOP officials — namely Dokes — should bear much of the blame for the outcome of the caucus.
Brent Stafford from Missouri
This is Brent Stafford. [member St. Charles GOP Central Committee, the one Eugene Dokes is Chairman of, as well as being Chair, Vice-Chair, and Secretary of three different GOP Legislative Committees]
There are three main culprits to today's fiasco. Eugene Dokes - St. Charles County Republican Committee Chairman, Bryan Spencer - Chairman of the Caucus Committee for the St. Charles County GOP (he organized the caucus), and Matt Ehlen - The guy they installed as Chairman and who ended the meeting before conducting any business.
I approached Bryan Spencer several times, prior to the commencement of the caucus, to point out where things that were being planned violated the rules. He said, "We are going to do it this way, challenge it if you want." He is the one that was trying to rig the process to select delegates proportionally based on who was in attendance. They conducted a straw poll as people were checked in, in violation of State GOP rules.
Eugene Dokes then refused to commence the meeting until everyone stopped recording. I made multiple attempts to make a point of order to address the situation, but he refused to acknowledge me. He then left the podium and called the police.
Let me digress a moment. We had prepared very well ahead of time. I won't get into all of the details, but the Mitt Romney people agreed to support me for Chairman. This was an incredible vote of confidence in my ability to chair and to convene a fair process. I had also hire the President of the Missouri Association of Parliamentarians who I intended to appoint for that role
. I never got that chance.
The complete story is very believable, controlling the meeting or else is how they operate. The Paul people may be azzhats but if they are abiding by the rule and the Chair is not, the Chair is at fault.