BEWARE of HIJACKING the SAMPLE BALLOT Endorsements!Submitted by dmemphis on Tue, 03/06/2012 - 10:01
The Chester County PA Republican Executive committee has taken upon themselves to define our sample ballot. According to the bylaws, I am told, the elected committee people are supposed to VOTE on the content of the sample ballot at an endorsement convention. A technically allegedly due to redistricting prevented holding the convention before the the deadline expired. The Exec committee therefore voted to allow themselves to pick the endorsements that become the sample ballot. Thus effectively locking out Ron Paul and Ron Paul delegates from appearing. Only the establishment names will appear on the sample ballot.
Here's what we got. I post this to wonder if this is happening in other places... watch out! We don't know how we can fight this. It says they choose the delegates who showed up to present themselves... I'm not sure if all the delegates were advises to show up.
Last night, at our monthly Executive Committee meeting, we discussed the endorsement of delegates and alternate delegates to the Republican National Convention. Given the extraordinary and unfortunate set of circumstances that have prevented us from holding an endorsement convention, we considered whether Executive Committee should take steps to ensure the inclusion of our delegate and alternate delegate slate on our sample ballots. Since the endorsement of these strictly party offices is not specifically addressed under our bylaws, after thoughtful discussion, the Executive Committee voted (overwhelmingly) to include on the sample ballot, the people listed below along with our endorsed statewide candidates. These were the only candidates to present themselves or be discussed for endorsement during our January interview process.
The following is a listing of delegates and alternate delegates approved last night.
Delegate to the National Convention (6th Congressional District): Congressman James Gerlach, Commissioner Ryan Costello and Jonathan Spadt
Alternate Delegate to the National Convention (6th Congressional District): Mary Lou Doyle, Norman MacQueen and Brian Peppel
Delegate to the National Convention (7th Congressional District): Michael V. Puppio, Robert J. Willert, Patricia Booker and Andy Lewis
Alternate Delegate to the National Convention (7th Congressional District): Sheriff Bunny Welsh, Elizabeth A. Salvucci, John J. Egan and Kathryn Wood-Jacobs
Delegate to the National Convention (16th Congressional District): Senator Mike Brubaker, Dave Dumeyer and Ann Womble
Alternate Delegate to the National Convention (16th Congressional District): Representative John Lawrence, Marilyn Schnee and Ethan Demme
I thought it was important to communicate this to you now rather than wait until the minutes were e-mailed later this month. Please let me know if you have any questions or feedback. I appreciate hearing from you.