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Oregon Republican Party Appoints Friends in Secret Meeting to Replace Duly Elected Delegation

Duly Elected Delegates and Alternates Will Continue Convention Preparations.

http://www.ordelegates2012.org/2012/07/orp-appoints-friends-...

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon Republican Party (ORP) Executive Committee members gathered for a secret meeting in Eugene Saturday, June 30 in an ultra vires attempt to appoint replacements for the state’s duly elected alternate delegates. This meeting came exactly one week after the ORP Congressional District (CD) Conventions elected delegates, alternate delegates, presidential electors, and district officers. Executive committee friends and family received the illegitimate appointments – some without even filing for the office – and duly elected alternate delegates received a conciliatory letter from ORP Chairman Allen Alley on their “unsuccessful” election.

CD Conventions held June 23 were met with several hours of delays after voting for delegates to the Republican National Convention and presidential electors to the Electoral College. After more than two hours of delays, CD Chairmen at each convention simultaneously stated the meetings could not proceed later than 5 p.m. and announced, without a motion from the floor, that the conventions were to be immediately adjourned by order of ORP Chairman Alley.

A strong majority of attendees at Congressional District Conventions 2, 3, 4 and 5 objected, voted to continue their business — some in the absence of their CD Chairman and ORP officials — and concluded elections for alternate delegates to the Republican National Convention. PCPs who stayed past 5 p.m. included supporters of Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, Rick Santorum, and Newt Gingrich.

“There was an organized effort by ORP leadership to impede the proceedings of the conventions and stall for as long as possible,” said Kevin Renfrow, PCP and duly elected alternate delegate. “They were blaming our delays [in CD-5] on CD-4,” said Diana Hengerer, PCP from CD-5. “In CD-3 they blamed CD-5 and in CD-1 they blamed CD-3.”

“It’s clear Alley and ORP leadership are not happy with the delegation election results,” said Tom Armstrong, PCP and House District Captain. “They wanted their family, friends, and ‘good old boys’ seated on the delegation and they’re willing to break every rule and bylaw to make that happen.” Armstrong’s outrage is shared by those whose vote was unduly dismissed and whose voting rights were violated.

Illegitimate alternate delegate appointments include Kevin L. Mannix, Tim Nashif, and Loren Later who did not file for the positions to which they were appointed; Lindsay Berschauer, Bridget Barton, and Rob Kremer, principal members of Third Century Solutions, a public affairs company with Associate Alley Alley; Ourania Yue, wife of National Committeeman and Executive Committee member Solomon Yue; Jeff Grossman, executive committee member; Lauri S. Hein, in a relationship with Jeff Grossman; Loren Later, executive committee member; Elisa Later, wife of Loren Later; Lisa Walker, wife of FreedomWorks Vice-President Russ Walker whose delegate election is contested; Lindsay Berschauer, running for state representative in House District 26 and worked for the Oregon Transformation Project chaired by Allen Alley; Rob Kremer, ORP treasurer; Andrew Miller, CEO of Oregon Transformation Project, chaired by Allen Alley; Tim Nashif, Oregon Family Council co-founder; and Kevin L. Mannix, who ran for Oregon governor in 2002 and 2006 and Congress in 2008.

In a letter sent to all duly elected alternate delegates July 5, Alley stated, “If you are receiving this letter, you have not been elected as a Delegate or Alternate Delegate to the Oregon Delegation for the Republican National Convention in Tampa, FL. Thank you so much for your service to our Party.” [1]

The duly elected Oregon Delegation condemned the actions of Allen Alley and ORP leadership and admonished them to follow ORP Bylaws, Standing Rules, and the will of the CD conventions. Duly elected delegates and alternate delegates will continue their preparations for the Republican National Convention held August 27-30 in Tampa, Fla.

Saturday’s secret Executive Committee meeting is the latest in a series of controversial actions by ORP leadership surrounding the ORP CD Conventions and it’s clear that Oregon Republicans are taking notice. A resolution to the Executive Committee, the Oregon Republican Party, and the Republican National Committee began circulating to the State’s hundreds of Precinct Committee Persons (PCPs) early this week. PCPs who have been disenfranchised and whose voting rights have been violated have been asked to join the letter as signatories.

The resolution states firmly that, “We, the undersigned, duly elected [PCPs], do hereby recognize and serve notice … that the business of the ORP Executive Committee meeting held June 30, 2012 is invalidated by operation of law in accordance with ORP Bylaws, Article IV, Section E for failure to give the required 30 day written notice … and furthermore, we … do hereby direct and admonish [the] ORP Executive Committee members to follow the laws and the bylaws…” [2]




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Steve Dickson's picture

The sentiment is mutual!

I have seen you standing for reason when emotion seems to rule the day - thank YOU for being a cool head in the room.

I am personally very sad for the Oregon situation. Half of my family is from there, going back to the 1850's and the Oregon Trail. My Dad graduated from Seaside HS, and won State playing baseball there. He coached for many years in Warrenton and Astoria, and lives in Astoria still. I spent summers flying up there and salmon fishing, climbing mountains, and target shooting in the woods, from the age of 4 until my teen years. Wonderful place, and one of the most beautiful spots on the planet.

how about that

My Dad is from Warrington and most of my paternal family resides in Hammond, where they have a family graveyard, that like your family, goes back to the Lewis and Clark trail. They were so isolated, we do have Clatsop linage, and get this, 5 of my great grandfathers, married 5 sisters, so I have many double cousins there. They were trappers, loggers and fishermen, and had their garages filled with skins, Today many are commercial fishermen and foresters, and working for the government, after they all get out of the military, where some are highly decorated and keeping their American Legion offices alive.

My Dad joined the USN to "get out" of the small community. He and and of his brothers grew up claiming property from masted ships that crashed on the Southern mouth of the Columbia River. My Dad became a navigator, after 36 years of service, did the same for oil compaines.

We loved going to Seaside for fun. I'm sure we have relatives who know each other.

Steve Dickson's picture

Wow!

Well, my biggest group of relatives in the Seaside area are Burkes (Ab, Sue, Steve, Scott, Marlene, Molly, Jodi). Very involved in logging. My Dad ended up coaching HS baseball at Astoria and Warrenton at various times (Jim Dickson). I grew up in OKC, which is where he met my mother when he played pro baseball here for the AAA team. My dad is semi-retired, he goes up to Alaska for the salmon run now for Fishawk Fisheries out of Astoria every summer (he's 74, and still working the salmon run out of boredom I think).

What a small world!

Here

Let me introduce you to my Dearest Uncle who used to take me to his SOAR meetings http://www.projectdelta.net/bios/doney.htm

All I want to know is?

Is the Lawyers for Ron Paul working on this? Not the Ron Paul campaign? I saw a reference to lawyers and letters but saw no reference to Lawyers for Ron Paul. Also I am from Oregon and do not have the knowledge on how to start a money bomb or way to collect money for the delegates to finance their trip to Atlanta. I would be happy to help and contribute if someone would get it started. Time is running short and I want to help make sure we do not need any alternate at large delegates in Tampa.

please contact me

dianalmt@comcast.net

We are working on fund-raising, would love your help & input...

thanks!

tilting@windbags

why not call the lawyers for Ron Paul

And ask them? I would think they should be able to let you know.

betty

Steve Dickson's picture

How to defend yourself.

1. Read state and federal campaign finance laws regarding legal defense funds, and how to set them up. Should be online, will probably be complicated.
2. Ask via meetup groups and/or facebook groups for a pro bono Oregon based attorney to help setting this up.
3. You will most likely need a dedicated bank account and a tax ID number, along with a Treasurer and Deputy Treasurer listed in the documents setting all this up.
4. File proper documents with state and federal officials (FEC, your state election committee/commission or ethics commission usually).
5. NOW solicit donations, which can be used for legal bills, travel expenses to go to hearings for witnesses, etc.

Hope that helps. We also built a website to organize things, www.okliberty.com. Good way to pass information, you may already have a website or blog you can re-purpose to use for this. Good luck!

This entire episode of the Oregon State convention(s)

was totally ridiculous. Nonsense abounded. Every delegate and alternate, in my humble opinion, should contact the Ron Paul lawyers that are dealing with this and sign on. This type of treatment should never, ever be tolerated in any civilized setting.

As a side note, if anybody has a complaint regarding the lawsuit, I don't want to hear about it. Really!

betty

At least 1 of them is known to be for RP

The 3 that were chosen for the Ron Paul slots were Lauri Hein, Devin Watkins and Jessica Hand. From people around here that know her, Lauri Hein is a Ron Paul supporter. I can't find anything about Jessica Hand, but Devin Watkins is part of a Ron Paul group and I'm pretty sure a supporter.

Hopefully we'll be able to challenge and get the alternates that were actually elected by the PCPs at the convention restored, but it looks like they at least didn't give our alternate slots to establishment people.

What's really important now is to make sure that we get all of our elected delegates to Tampa so that there is no need for the alternates at all.

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1) Illegitimate alternate

1) Illegitimate alternate delegate appointments include: "Kevin L. Mannix, Tim Nashif, and Loren Later who did not file for the positions to which they were appointed; Lindsay Berschauer, Bridget Barton, and Rob Kremer, principal members of Third Century Solutions, a public affairs company with Associate Alley Alley; Ourania Yue, wife of National Committeeman and Executive Committee member Solomon Yue; Jeff Grossman, executive committee member; Lauri S. Hein, in a relationship with Jeff Grossman; Loren Later, executive committee member; Elisa Later, wife of Loren Later; Lisa Walker, wife of FreedomWorks Vice-President Russ Walker whose delegate election is contested; Lindsay Berschauer, running for state representative in House District 26 and worked for the Oregon Transformation Project chaired by Allen Alley; Rob Kremer, ORP treasurer; Andrew Miller, CEO of Oregon Transformation Project, chaired by Allen Alley; Tim Nashif, Oregon Family Council co-founder; and Kevin L. Mannix, who ran for Oregon governor in 2002 and 2006 and Congress in 2008."

if Ms Hein is really a Ron Paul supporter, she should decline this appointment on the grounds that it is improper. She should insist that the alternate delegates who GOT THE MOST VOTES be sent to Tampa. Unless perhaps there is a tally sheet i didn't see, where she won the vote in other CDs? Her position belongs to one of : Elaine Smith, Steve Winokur (who made sure CD4 had ballots!), and Jason Payne.

2) Don't settle for appeasements. Disenfranchising the voting PCPs is wrong whether Ron Paul folks or establishment folks benefit from it. and the establishment benefits most here. We did much better on the votes, because the grassroots worked REALLY HARD on getting the PCP turn out, and because our people stayed put past 5pm (dinner time)!

3) the ALTERNATES GET TO VOTE ON THE CHAIR of the delegation! Please don't say there is no need for them or imply that this fight isn't important.

I completely agree

I think the ORP is totally wrong and the appointed delegates are not valid, both because the conventions should have been allowed to finish and the Executive Committee meeting didn't follow the rules. The alternates that were elected by the PCPs should be re-instated.

I didn't mean to sound like I'm happy with the appointments, just passing along info about who they support. Also, I apologize, I didn't mean to imply that the alternates aren't important. My point was that since they didn't also take away the delegates elected before 5pm it's important to make sure that they all make it to Tampa. We don't want the party to have any excuse to substitute in one of their people.

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election Fraud

I am a pcp duly elected and now their conspiracy to terminate the vote by me and all the PCPs not just the RP contingent is election fraud and Alley and his crimminal enterprize needs to be removed and charged!

Or tar and feathered

just saying.

Oh

Kevin L. Mannix. Hmmmm that's why all the cheating. This guy is an insider and is such a scarey dude he never gets elected even though he runs as a social Republican. He's a trouble maker. He needs to receive a 'cease and desist' letter from an Atty. I wouldn't doubt all those peeps he appointed are from his staff and his old campaign crew. This smells bad. Most people in OR can't stand him.

Keepin' it real.

"Duly elected delegates and

"Duly elected delegates and alternate delegates will continue their preparations for the Republican National Convention held August 27-30 in Tampa, Fla."

Good! Keep the pressure on the corrupt leadership of the ORP all the way to Tampa. More work for L4RP and other groups... ;)

David Warrington is the Attorney

He is in NO way associated with L4RP.

Warrington is the Official Campaign's Attorney.

"Beyond the blackened skyline, beyond the smoky rain, dreams never turned to ashes up until.........
...Everything CHANGED !!

By now

we should realize the republican party can pretty much do what ever they want. Election fraud, assault, broken bones, and other "fun" illegal things. They have eliminated delegates that were elected fairly, replacing them with the same old rinos. So I see Tampa as a free for all on Ron Paul supporters if they are even allowed into the convention. I am sure they will be bribed or threatened.
People who want to keep playing the game and joining their ranks will either become just like them or be destroyed.

Formerly rprevolutionist

This is why you keep a low profile

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"Take hold of the future or the future will take hold of you." -- Patrick Dixon

here is the letter sent about who wasn't elected

http://www.ordelegates2012.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/RF...

contrast with the results from CD4:

http://imgur.com/7lpTK

you will see that 12/13 of the elected alternates have been 'replaced' by the ORP

that is just plain odd

sending out a letter of people who weren't elected. Did they also send out a letter of who was elected?

you have to make a video &

you have to make a video & apply ahead of time to be a delegate; this was a 'Dear John' letter to everyone who applied & qualified, including those who didn't win, excluding the appointed delegates, and including 12 of the 13 alternates who won the vote at the conventions.

yes I understand that

But what I would expect is a letter saying congratulations to the winners and list them. Then say thanks for applying and being involved. It is just odd to send out a list of the losers.

Linda Cross's picture

Ron Paul's Legal team is on it.

They sent a letter July 3rd in defense of Oregon's delegates and alternative delegates, see here: http://libertycrier.com/politics/ron-paul-legal-team-defends...

If you see something, say something, the government is listening.
Silence isn't golden, it's yellow.

If, as it appears,

the official campaign is actually going after this, I agree with
Westfall - it's good news and about d*** time.

I may have to take back one or two of the bad things I've said about
them. (percentage-wise that doesn't work out to too much, but
credit where credit is due...)

Since the PCP's I voted for were disenfranchised, that means I was
too, and it's made me a pretty unhappy camper.

Are there things that we could be doing to support the elected delegates?

It's about damn time the Paul

It's about damn time the Paul team steps up to support delegates.

Personally, the antics of the MA GOP were unacceptable, and if this is how they are going to treat us, then I think we should ALL vote for Obama.

The GOP has got to get the message that these actions are unacceptable, unconstitutional wars are unacceptable, candidates like Mitt Romney are unacceptable, and saying you want small government while trampling all over personal liberty is unacceptable.

thank you, i'm from Oregon

thank you, i'm from Oregon and hadn't seen this yet

here's the link to the

here's the link to the resolution (from the PCPs/Delegates):

http://www.scribd.com/doc/98930151/Invalidation-of-Executive...

who to contact

you can contact:

- Chair of Oregon Republican Party Allen Alley (http://allenalley.com/)

- National Committeeman Solomon Yue (http://www.oregonrepublicanparty.org/node/84)

- National Committeewoman Donna Cain (http://www.oregonrepublicanparty.org/DonnaDCain)

Mr Yue and Ms Cain responded to my emails by supporting the party line; Mr Alley has not responded at all.

Or the Official Campaign Lawyer:

David Warrington;Mr. Warrington’s litigation practice focuses on representing clients in both state and federal courts where he has litigated cases involving a broad range of matters "....

"He also represents federal candidates and their campaign organizations in a number of matters".

NOT to be confused with L4RP or ToolsForJustice.

"Beyond the blackened skyline, beyond the smoky rain, dreams never turned to ashes up until.........
...Everything CHANGED !!