St. Charles, MO County Caucus - Wrap upSubmitted by OFallonBrent on Wed, 04/11/2012 - 18:03
As all of you know we had a great night last night. I thought I would take a few minutes to give a quick overview of what happened and what we did to make it happen.
First, I want to let everyone know that without Bryce and Joe we would not have been successful. I don't want to appear to brag, but I think my role was pretty important too. Bryce and Joe did most of the coordination prior to the last caucus and Bryce and I spent many late nights in the weeks before the new caucus. Bryce put together a program for the GOTV effort that worked beautifully. If anyone is working on GOTV, contact me and I can help give you suggestions based on what we did.
The Rick Santorum supporters offered to buy dinner for anyone who attended the caucus to support him. After his announcement that was changed to light snacks.
The Mitt Romney supporters set up a pop up canopy outside of the convention center to talk to their supporters.
The Ron Paul supporters had a room inside across from the caucus room and the caucus registration where we checked in our people against our lists. We also had people there who were from outside of the county to watch Ron Paul supporters' kids while they were in the caucus.
The caucus started relatively on time, about 7:15pm.
After the establishment of some temporary committees the election of Chairman was conducted. There were a few over 900 people who were credentialed to participate. The nominees were myself and the GOP State Chairman David Cole. I won 480-402. There were some abstentions.
At this point I am pretty happy. I knew we had just won the day! We just had to get through the process fairly.
A Ron Paul supporter was elected as Secretary. I was willing to have our people vote for the woman from the Romney campaign who we had agreed to support at the previous caucus, but the person who had come in from the Romney national campaign never felt the need to talk to me, so we nominated our guy. They did end up nominating the woman who I was willing to work with but at that point it was too late and our person was elected as Secretary.
We then read the proposed rules that had been put together by a group of people representing each of the candidates and that had consensus agreement were fair. These rules were adopted without much effort.
It would take another couple of hours to get to the actual voting on the slates. There was a motion to recess which did not pass. When the recess was rejected there were some other stalling tactics used but I was erring on the side of being to permissive, and they were motions in proper order so I dealt with them properly, but I knew the were stalling for time.
There were three elections of slates that had to take place. There are two congressional districts that our county overlaps so there are separate slates for CD2 and CD3. There is also an election for the state delegates. The first to be voted on were the nominated delegates to the 2nd Congressional Convention.
The "Rick Santorum" slate was called Restore America Now. The "Ron Paul" slate was called the Constitutional Conservative Slate, and the "Mitt Romney" slate was called The Mitt Romney Slate. The rules stated that a slate had to be submitted in writing and have a majority vote to win. The Romney group tried to submit their slate by place placing their laptop on the table as their submission. I was not inclined to accept this as the rules stated "in writing". Romney supporters tried to argue they were in writing and should be accepted. I was going to put the issue to a vote of the body, but in the time it took to prepare for that the Romney people were able to print it out.
We held the vote for CD2 delegates and the Constitutional Conservative slate won with a majority.
For the 3rd Congressional slates the "Santorum" slate was withdrawn. After giving the Romney people more time again to try to complete a slate they finally put something together that met the criteria to be accepted. Again the Constitutional Conservative slate won.
The election of delegates to the State Convention was pretty easy. The Constitutional Conservative slate was the only one submitted that met the rules requirements. It won.
We wrapped up the last pieces of business pretty quickly. The meeting adjourned around 11pm.
We won all of the delegates and alternates from St. Charles county. 59 delegates and 59 alternates to CD2, 88 delegates and 88 alternates to CD3, and 147 delegates and 147 alternates to State.
At one point I did have to ask a Ron Paul supporter to leave the caucus. I felt very bad about it but I had to do it. It was an older gentleman in a wheelchair who would point a cane when he talked. He approached a microphone along with his attendant. He made a very heart felt speech saying that he was not a Republican but an Independent and that only Ron Paul would appeal to Independents. He mentioned voting for third parties in other recent elections. When asked to clarify that he was not Republican, he again stated he was not. The call to Convention/Caucus is clear that you must be Republican and I had no choice but to ask him to leave. I am not sure he really understood why he had to leave, but his attendant helped him out of the caucus and then returned to participate himself.
There were lots of things that happened that I did not mention, motions of various kinds to try to benefit people's causes, which is normal. A few that were angry that they did not know the rules and those who did were getting their way.
When it was all over I was literally swarmed by people from every campaign wanting to shake my hand and thank me for running a fair caucus.
We gained a lot of credibility and respect last night from people who had a warped perception of Ron Paul supporters. The Ron Paul supporters were respectful and well behaved. The ones attempting to slow the process and instigate bad will were from the other campaigns and everyone, even their supporters, saw that.
I feel the way I ran that caucus should be an example for how they all should be conducted. I am very pleased with everything that went on yesterday and everyone involved. Later tonight I plan to record a robo call thanking our supporters.
We can win more of these. The Show Me State has shown everyone how.