Oregon Republican Party Appoints Friends in Secret Meeting to Replace Duly Elected DelegationSubmitted by thefrow on Thu, 07/05/2012 - 21:13
Duly Elected Delegates and Alternates Will Continue Convention Preparations.
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.” 
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…”