Pooled Caucus Chairman Prevents former State Supreme Court Justice Richard Sanders in WA from Speaking on Behalf of Ron Paul!Submitted by GCN3030 on Sun, 03/11/2012 - 01:57
At my pooled caucus on Vashon Island here in Washington state last weekend I motioned to allow two minute speeches on behalf of each candidate because I had former State Supreme Court Justice Richard Sanders lined up to speak (he happens to live out here and is now a precinct delegate for Ron Paul!).
Unfortunately the chairman ruled my motion out of order and said they had to start the precinct caucus voting by 10:30 which was wrong and I knew it.
I challenged him to show me in the rules where it said that because I had them printed out; he said he was "told that last night on the phone".
When I continued to press him noting that we had Justice Sanders there to speak he ruled me out of order.
Later when my fiance and I noted that the lone Santorum supporter in our precinct read right off the precinct packet information that it wasn't to start before 11:30am we told him and he told me he would make a call and get back to me, but he never did do that.
After the caucus he said that there just wasn't enough time, which was a lame excuse since people in my precinct had plenty of time to fill out silly bubble sheets for the platform committee that were meaningless; in other words there was was no need to rush and prevent people from speaking.
He also said I should have talked to him about it before the meeting started but I think he was just trying to save face after what he had done to prevent Justice Sanders from speaking on behalf of Dr. Paul at the caucus.
In addition he tried to say it was because I didn't motion early enough because 10:30am was the deadline but the meeting started late because there were still people streaming in after 10am when the proceedings were suppose to start.
I motioned as early as I could so I think we should have been allowed to vote on it even though it was right at 10:30am which was the last minute that motions were technically supposed to be allowed.
My guess is he probably didn't want to be embarrassed because he was a Romney supporter and they didn't have anyone to speak so he ruled me out of order.
My fiance told me she overheard him and his friend talking about how they were so drunk the previous night they didn't know what they were doing.
Also the "unofficial" straw poll count they did at the caucus under counted Ron Paul supporters by at least 30%. I realized this after the fact because I had everyone sign in and collected names of delegates.
The straw poll indicated that there were only 20 votes for Dr. Paul, but I had names of 26 people who were Ron Paul supporters so they must have miscounted.
In addition a local reporter counted over 100 people there but only 85 people were counted in the unofficial straw poll count, no word yet on the official numbers.
I also handed out 12 tally sheets to supporters to record the vote in 12 different precincts and I noticed in a picture I took there were only ten numbers where the caucus chair's wife was writing the Paul in each precinct.
I couldn't read the numbers on my picture unfortunately so I can't compare to my independent tally sheet results but I can see that there are only 10 precincts counted for Ron Paul which means there must have been two precincts she didn't count since I know we had straw votes in at least 12 different precincts.
Looking back I should have been watching more the straw poll more closely.
I also should have gotten involved earlier and become a PCO and volunteered to be the temporary chair at the caucus and ran the show with my fiance but it's always 20/20 in hindsight.
More voter identification and get out the vote efforts would have helped too because if we had a decisive majority we could have elected of me or one of our other people chairman.
I could tell we didn't have a clear majority when I was asking people if they were Ron Paul supporters as they lined up to sign in but I think we pulled out with a plurality of the delegates. I have identified at least 13 delegates and 4 alternates that are Ron Paul supporters. I think there may also be a few more in precincts I didn't get data back from. I doubt Romney got more delegates than Paul because he didn't have people willing to be delegates in several cases I recorded.
Here is a link to a story about what happened from the local reporter who was there, she was pretty fair although she could have included more of my explanation about what happened. I am the person named Graham Nayler referred to in the article.
Despite what happened we did very well in the delegate battle see my previous post for that story