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This is Brent Stafford from Missouri - Updated #3

This is Brent Stafford. I wanted to let everyone know I am out of jail and am just now starting to read some of the posts about what happened today.

I am actually in my car right now, so I will post more complete details when I get to someplace where I can take more time.

First of all, thank you to everyone who was concerned and calling the police station. Apparently they were getting flooded with calls.

I was trying to reconvene the meeting in the gymnasium, according to the rules, and was told I have the leave the gym along with everyone else or I would be trespassing. I went outside and tried to let everyone know we were going to try to reconvene. Some people we trying to go to a nearby park to do so, but the rules are clear the the caucus may only be held in the location printed in the Call to Caucus printed in a newspaper 15 days prior. The ONLY place we could reconvene was at the high school.

I stood on a chair to address the crowd to let them know we were going to reconvene and what we needed to do. At that point I was approached by told I was under arrest.

More to come...

--------------- Update

Okay, I have a minute, and a beer! Here is the saga.

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.

The meeting was supposed to begin at 10:00am. There were so many people still in line that by the time the meeting was ready to start it was just after 11:00am.

Eugene Dokes started the meeting by immediately declaring there would be no video or audio recording allowed, and that if anyone refused to stop, they would be removed by police. The entire room of what has been reported as over 2,500 people began booing and demanding that recording be allowed. It was not just Ron Paul people.

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.

There were St. Peters Police, St. Charles Police, St. Charles County Sheriffs, and Missouri Highway Patrol that eventually came into the gymnasium and through threat of arrest made everyone turn off their cameras. Of course many did not.

Eugene Dokes then started to convene the meeting a second time.

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.

Eugene Dokes appointed the Creditials Committee, Rules Committee, and Parliamentarian. These are all appointments made by the elected Chairman, not the temporary Chair which is what Eugene Dokes was acting as. The body loudly booed and started making all kinds of points of order and other declarations of disgust at the blatant disregard for the proper process.

He then opened the floor for nominations. I immediately started nominating myself multiple times. He recognized a woman, who was obviously preselected, who nominated Matt Ehlen. At that point about 2,000 people started chanting my name to be appointed. Eugene Dokes ignored that and called a hasty voice vote and declared the one nominee, Matt Ehlen, as the Chair.

Hundreds of people started calling for Division of the vote. Eugene Dokes ignored them all.

Matt Ehlen took the podium and tried to regain order. After anout 20 seconds he declared that St. Charles County would not send any delegates to the CD and State Conventions. He quickly found motions to adjourn and closed the meeting.

At that point I went to grab the parliamentarian I had hired. She had not been allowed inside, because of an arbitrary rule Bryan Spencer made up, but I had checked in with her by sticking my head through the door of and on earlier. I told her to come with me and I headed to the podium. I asked her how to reconvene and since no business had been conducted according to the Call to Convention, we had every right to reconvene.

I took the microphone and announced that people should not leave and that we would reconvene the meeting. Eugene Dokes came up and unplugged the microphone. At that point the police began ordering people out of the gymnasium.

At that point I went outside to try to reconvene the caucus, according to the rules. A number of people were going to go to another location to reconvene. I had to stop those that had not left and explained that we were required to convene at the location published 15 days prior in the newspaper or it would be invalid.

I then found where the biggest crowd had gathered and began to address the crowd. Everyone got quiet to hear me. There were 300-400 people there. I explained very quickly that we needed to begin collecting a roster, as required, and what that meant. I was immediately approached by 4 or 5 police of unknown jurisdictions who made me step down from the chair and put me into handcuffs.

When I asked what I was being arrested for, or if I was being arrested, I was told they would tell me later. Eventually I was booked for trespassing and released.

The actions of Eugene Doke, Bryan Spencer, and Matt Ehlen were the direct cause of the event getting out of control. They have tried to shift the blame, but it is all on them. If they had conducted the meeting according to Robert's Rules and the proper order of the agenda, none of this would have happened.

---------------- Update #2

I forgot to mention, I am on the 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.

I need to remember to tell the media that. It was so crazy today I just wanted to tell what happened and forgot to mention it.

------------- Update #3

I have been doing interviews pretty much non-stop since this all happened. I have more set up for tomorrow. I even had a reporter come to my front door.

I have not had time to keep up with where they all appear, hopefully I can compile a list tomorrow.

I was really impressed with this one reporter. I will have to go look up his name later and put in here. Anyway, this guy really knew his stuff when it came to caucuses. There were times he would stop to describe for his listeners some complex issue, that I would have been happy to do myself, and the guy would nail it.

There are starting to be some developments concerning the aftermath and path forward. Its all in early stages so I won't get into it until things are more definite.

I have heard that Eugene Dokes is telling people Ron Paul supporters are threatening his family. My advice to Eugene is since I know he knows how to call police, call them on anyone making real threats. My advice to all of you is do not make physical threats. I would also leave his family out of it.

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you need to immediately get reports together, look at your state

statutes, GOP by-laws, and see that Robert's Rules of Order is in complete violation. A grievance can be filed with the state party, the DA, the AG, and the State secretary. They have specific rules for filing and you can simply state in a letter I have a grievance, evidence will be forthcoming. Get everyone to sign an affidavit, notarized with their statement of the violations.

I've found videos and will add as I watch:

First: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gicvFb9nxmk

Second: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RovPPePrwg0&feature=channel

Third: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VIpMRWLIK_8&feature=channel

We had SOME proof, but RNC does not care about Rules n Laws- they just break and then change 'em to suit whomever (not PAUL).

You are a hero, Brent

fighting GOP establishment. Thank you so much, you are a brave man. I can already see coming the police state that Ron Paul is talking about. Police arresting voters for trespassing in the voting area? Ridiculous and total BS.

Maybe Ron Paul should just have run as an indepedant. GOP is hopeless.

Meanwhile in Russia...

"There are 91,000 voting points in Russia, and two cameras were installed at each, adding up to almost 200,000 cameras. The system was designed such that, 25,000,000 viewers should be able to see the elections simultaneously, and up to 60,000 should be able to view each camera simultaneously."


Go to house and senate endorseing convention Keep Doke from Nom

I believe I read somewhere in your post that this Dokes Character is running for a house seat for Missouri. What you guys can do is as delegates you can show up at your senate district endorsement convention and make sure he does not get the nomination that would really piss him off. Then I would come back next year and run for BPOU chair make a slate and take the entire board and at the end of the convention have your Sargent of arms direct them to the door. That is how we do things in Minnesota. These idiots will give you more respect when they see that you are a threat and a force within your BPOU.

Yippe KIA MF Neo Cons suck

Clever, Clever GOP

Please read this article posted today. This article is one of the most damning articles for the GOP. Read it closely and understand who arrested Brent, why he was arrested and removed from the scene. The St Peters, St Charles City, St Charles County and Missouri State patrol were all called to the scene to arrest two very professional and freedom loving Ron Paul supporters to get them out of the area so that they could not reconvene the caucus. Also notice that the GOP threw out ALL of the Ron Paul delegates that were elected in 2008 on the basis that they were Libertarians (according to previous voting records). Ron Paul ran as a Conservative, NOT a Libertarian and also, In Missouri, you DO NOT declare your party affiliation! There is NO WAY that the Ron Paul delegates could have been deemed Libertarian voters! Understand every detail of this article and you will understand exactly what happened, not only in St Charles, but in many of the other county caucuses where the GOP had a police presence, including mine which only had a little over 100 people. This was overkill and done for a reason. The St Charles GOP illegally got their chairman in then cried riot to end the caucus. The State GOP said that they will allow St Charles to have their delegates at the State convention BUT who will chose these delegates? And which candidate will these delegates represent? Should I hold my breath until I get the answer??


I can help solve this

Brent, I hope you see this, or someone with your ear does, and passes on the message to get in contact with me. Use PM on this site.

Brent, I called the State GOP

Brent, I called the State GOP headquarters. They asked me to give an account of what I witnessed. I did so. They said they were aware of 'big issues' in St. Charles and that they were going to talk to Reps from all the candidates to rectify the situation, adding that St. Charles would have representation in the process.
I asked what remedies they were considering. He offered two possibilities:
1) Apportion delegates based on the caucus attendance.. which i took to mean apportion them according to the straw poll conducted at our entry point.
2) Reset a new caucus date and time to be conducted under state level GOP supervision.

I strongly urged for the second option, since the straw poll seemed contrived and easy to manipulate (as in, where are those ballots now?)

To ensure that no further, "odd" liberal tactics go on....

Make sure to show up to the State Level GOP and bring a camera as well as a lawyer.

Re-convene the meeting and call for Division. If Brent gets elected, make him chairman. Call a vote for censure against former Chairman Eugene Dokes as apparently thats what he wants.

Hate to say this but

99% of this is the Republican's fault. They are the party who gave us the PATRIOT Act, NDAA, HR 347 and a host of other outrageous legislation that the dems were more than happy to sign onto that have helped to militarize our local police forces and strip us of our God-given rights.
BTW, the 1% that isn't responsible is our very own Congressman Ron Paul. God Bless him.

If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.
James Madison


I'd like to see a video Brent being interviewed if possible.

How did this guy (Dokes) become the county chair?

Did anyone good try to run for county chair two years ago? We need to stay active during off years.

The Virtual Conspiracy

Dokes is running

for a seat in the MO House. If MOGOP was smart, they'd drop him now.

If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.
James Madison

well this is now at the top

well this is now at the top of my facebook. People ask what Ron Paul hopes to accomplish this go around. Of course winning would be best and that the beginning of the campaign a laudable go. (And should be still pursued). But if his campaign just exposes all the corruption of the system that would be an enormous goal achieved in and of itself. I hope these kind of eye witness accounts/video taped documentation become central to this elections storyline. Imagine all the people at this caucus (and i'm specifically not talking about ron paul supporters... we know) who just had their eyes opened. How many are much easier converts to the ideas of liberty???

Brent don't look at this bedlam as a bad thing. I picture the state of society in my mind as a man. 1776 that man was standing erect. 2007, kneeling. since then he's being trying to stand up again. That man is a little taller today because of you.

Some video from an attendee

I was at the St. Charles Hijacked Caucus.

Here's what I saw (in chronological order):

1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gicvFb9nx...

2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RovPPePrw...

3. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=pla...

4. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gue5oA4Oz...

5. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VIpMRWLIK...

another vid of Brent Stafford being arrested:

Glad you're doing well, Brent.


not one of those video work.

not one of those video work.

Don't hate the player, hate the game!!!

Very strange

Each and every video is marked= MalFormed Video ID. DO you have the link(s) again?
thanks for all you've done and all you've been through.
The GOP is not just suicidal, this year; they seem to be CRAZY, too!

We had SOME proof, but RNC does not care about Rules n Laws- they just break and then change 'em to suit whomever (not PAUL).

Can't watch any of these

It says there is a malformed URL???


The lip of truth shall be established forever: but a lying tongue is but for a moment...Lying lips are abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly are His delight. Prov 12:19,22

I can't open any of these videos

Anyone else having trouble viewing these?


Getting errors on all of the links.

Hope they can be fixed. I'm looking forward to seeing what actually happened.

"May future generations look back on our work and say that these were men and women who, in a moment of great crisis, stood up to their politicians, the opinion makers, and the establishment, and saved their country." Ron Paul

I'm getting "malformed video...."


"St. Peters Police, St. Charles Police,

St. Charles County Sheriffs, and Missouri Highway Patrol".....

Who's left to defend the people's right to peacefully assemble?

"When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace."
Jimi Hendrix

Thank you Brent

I have this odd feeling I am going to be walking out of the Maine GOP Convention in handcuffs.

Incredible stuff!

Can't believe that so many people's voices can be silenced like that! So what is the next step, what happens now?

Remove the leader

Brent was the leader and knew that they could only reconvene unless they stayed at the caucus site. The GOP told the police to remove him.....problem solved

So do they reconvene?

Sorry if this is a dumb question, but just trying to understand your system ( our system in Australia is not like this..and not nearly as interesting!)

Just makes me hate my country and it's people

even more. If that is wrong so be it.

"A living Constitution is a dead one" -Ron Paul

You made top listed story on Drudge!

Brent, you made top listed story on Drudge!

"Elderly Voters Shut Out..."

You are now notorious Brent! hahahaahaha!!!!

Thank you Brent

You are a hero! Thank you for standing up for all of us Americans! Posted summary and links to this story, video, and Eugene Dokes' contact info here: http://ingotnews.com/post/19485818065/missouri-gop-caucus-de...

This story is going viral, END THE CORRUPTION!


What an utter disgrace! The people running this should be ashamed, but I know they aren't and that's what saddens me.