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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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I indicated it isn't a warzone, because it's not one...

Nobody's shooting each other all over the place. They are not going to do that at all.

Granted, carrying a taser or otherwise in self defense is always important. That doesn't mean its a "WARZONE". I just suggested relax, let Eugene self implode, don't play into it.

No reason to get violent with him given how clearly illegal his actions look. To the outsiders, aka the "established" old fogies; you guys looked like trouble makers including Romney's batallion. (Which is how the media will spin it!)

They're shaken up I don't know why, but probably because of the lame Communist News Network. So don't give them any ammo...just humiliate Eugene & replace his ass. Missouri is up for grabs.

I didn't down vote

his title, his post makes sense XD plus, I agree with most of it, it isn't a war-zone ... yet, just a police state coming into being :P.

I just think it's interesting that he started with "this isn't a war zone" then said "Granted, anytime you attend a caucus I'd flat carry a taser & camera." Which seems close to a war-zone representation IMO or more like a "police state" XD Dunno if he deliberately put it there so we get the irony or not either.

No offense to the poster, I just think it's interesting that's all XD

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I downvoted your title

Because THIS IS A WARZONE! How different is it than in 1775/6 when our forefathers were fighting individuals bent on paying homage (taxes) to the Queen without a say in Gov. and financing global hegemony, bowing to the fascist rulers, and demanding that Religion be enforced by the state. This is it ALL OVER AGAIN. Wake up bud. It's time for a revolution!

NO MORE LIES. Ron Paul 2012.

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Brent Stafford Video

I didn't want to embed on this post, otherwise Brent wouldn't be able to update his post when he got home. They were fired up for Brent.

http://www.dailypaul.com/221382/st-charles-mo-hijacked-caucu...

Real eyes realize real lies

We want our country back

Every year is a year for Ron Paul!

I think this is

a pretty good long report IMO
http://www.facebook.com/notes/joseph-wetter/my-saint-charles...

If you don't have FB, i posted it here:
http://www.dailypaul.com/221346/this-is-brent-stafford-from-...

"Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed."~Mahatma Gandhi
Quick Humorous Satire course on Ron Paul: http://www.youtube.com/watch?annotation_id=annotation_65316&...

Dokes

"We have a very important election ahead of us in the fall of 2012," Dokes said. "I have a strong background of leadership and pulling people together." (or, you know, ripping them apart and having them arrested).

Read more: http://www.stltoday.com/suburban-journals/stcharles/news/art...

The two most important days in your life are the day you are born...and the day you find out why. -Mark Twain

Run for congress stafford against Eugene Dokes

I'll donate to your campaign!

flashback: Missouri

30 Signs That The United States Of America Is Being Turned Into A Giant Prison

http://www.prisonplanet.com/30-signs-that-the-united-states-...

( see # 27 )

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this is recorded history baby!!!

revolution ON!!!

It's all about winning from here on out.

The brush fires are burning just fine.

What

a nelly sounding prick.

May the LORD bless you and keep you
May the LORD make His face shed light upon you and be gracious unto you
May the LORD lift up His face unto you and give you peace
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If the Paul campaign...

doesn't do something about this - including lawyers. Then I think it is an inempt campaign. How can there be a public cal to convene and then all of a sudden be trespassing? I am very proud of you and the others takign on the delegate fight and please don't give up.

Also, how does one request the DP start a fund drive for delegates to make it to Tampa. People in Alaska for instance or going to have great expense. I will write to the campaign and ask if they are compiling a list and are appropriating funds for their efforts to be in Tampa.

If you don't think it is

If you don't think it is right to look to big government for solutions to everything, you shouldn't start a bad precedence by looking to the Ron Paul for solutions to everything.

I'm sure the campaign is overloaded with things to do already. This is more the peoples fight than it is the campaign's. The campaign will back you up in any way that is most appropriate for them, but it seems to me that most of what needs to be done is by the people that are closest to the problem, with support and help from others farther removed.

this is happening across the country.

there is no blanket "I sue them all"

this is going to have to happen at the local level.

the campaign can't do anything about it other than speak to the supporters and advise them "to fight".

figure it out. it's called crowd sourcing.

Paul is fighting the national media machine, he's in a near total blackout, and he pays the full price of every delegate he gets, unlike the other 3 candidates who get untold millions in free exposure.

The campaign has it's hands full.

What's up with people saying "they should be doing something about it!"

what the hell is wrong with you. you sound like the people who drool in front of the television who watch MSNBC or Fox.

you know the type "They're ought to be a law!"

sheesh.

This is our fight too

I think we're doing a pretty good job ourselves of handling these bullies. The public outrage from this incident and the one in Athens, GA is going to make a lot of people step down. The GOP is dismantling itself.

Besides, Romney's people got screwed today too, they're just as mad. This was not a Ron Paul problem, it was a "We want Santorum" problem.

I learned two things today from watching this. 1) Buy a concealable video camera with good sound to take to my state convention in June. 2) If a meeting is not properly/legally adjourned, reconvene and elect a slate of delegates.

We have to beat them at their own game.

The two most important days in your life are the day you are born...and the day you find out why. -Mark Twain

Hat Cam

Maybe something like this hat cam for hidden cam with audio? http://www.aliexpress.com/product-fm/347466598-2010hot-4GB-H...

-Jacky
TX

Was going to create a post about it

But I'd rather just comment randomly and keep the idea a little discrete :P

Let's all get Camera sunglasses/pens/buttons !!!! XD If you can that is ^_^ everyone can chip in for one person, even that works awesomely well too! We must expose the fraud with cold hard evidence!!!

"Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed."~Mahatma Gandhi
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Thank You

Brent for your service to this country and this movement. We have got your back. You are a hero in my book and I truly admire and respect you. Thank You.

Can you go back TODAY since it wasn't adjourned and finish slate

so you don't have to renotice?

Integrity means having to say things that people don't want to hear & especially to say things that the regime doesnt want to hear -RonPaul

The meeting has never been

The meeting has never been adjourned.

Saw this in the you tube response for Brent Stanford

PLEASE HAVE BRENT STAFFORD CONTACT RON PAUL FLIX FOR AN INTERVIEW> ANYONE WHO WAS ARRESTED!

News follow up: Jerry Jacob on KY3

from : https://twitter.com/#!/jerryjacobky3

Awaiting statement from Danette Proctor. Will have complete report on KY3 news at 6 and http://Ky3.com.

Who is Danette Proctor? Danette Proctor, is the Greene County Republican Chair.

Remember be respectful if you post anything...

http://www.greenecountygop.org

http://twitter.com/#!/danetteproctor

Political stunt

Mr. Dokes,
The stunt you pulled today at the GOP caucus in St. Charles County was an affront to the democratic and electoral process, and amounted to political thuggery. You should resign your GOP post immediately and apologize to everyone who attended the caucus.
Your actions reflect poorly on the Missouri GOP and every Republican in the state.

I think it's safe to say he just kissed his chance goodbye

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God grants liberty only to those who love it, and are always ready to guard and defend it. – Daniel Webster

I sent him an Email that

I sent him an Email that essentially said the same thing. I was respectful but blunt.