Maine GOP Rejects 2012 RNC RulesSubmitted by TIME IS NOW on Sun, 01/13/2013 - 08:55
At a special meeting held by the Maine Republican State Committee occurred in Augusta today, a ’Resolution to Restore the Power of the GOP Grassroots‘ was passed by an overwhelming majority. In fact it has been reported that the measure received support of almost 90% of voting members!
During the discussion, numerous people stood to comment on their reasons for approving of the resolution. Many indicated that they believe that states should indeed retain the right to conduct their voting methods rather than being forced into a “one-size-fits-all” method dictated by the National Committee.
Members of the State Committee spoke about the fact that the vote was clearly too close to call and that the Chair did not heed the clear calls for division. According to Roberts Rules, the official protocol for meetings, the motion for division is not debatable, nor is it allowed to be ignored.
Other members pointed out that the Chair was reading from a teleprompter, as evidenced by video of the convention, when he stated, “In the opinion of the Chair, the ayes have it.”
Still others indicated that one of the core principles of the GOP include smaller, decentralized government and that the Party should “walk the talk” in internal matters.
The rules which were being protested in the resolution strip the states of their autonomy, and this too was discussed.
Due to the fact that all those who spoke about the topic were in favor of it, the Chair called for statements by the opposition. There was none, and so the question was called.
There appeared to be six people who voted against it, though no one was clear about why they voted that was inasmuch as none spoke up about their misgivings.
Had the entire body been present, the vote would have required that 41 people vote in favor of the resolution in order for it to pass. Due to the fact that there were 40 co-sponsors, the outcome of the vote was almost a given.
That did not, however, take away from the fact that this resolution was hard-fought and monumental.
RESOLVED, that the Maine Republican Party does not recognize the rules put forward at the 2012 Republican National Convention as having been properly passed;
RESOLVED, that in the absence of rules properly passed at the 2012 Republican National Convention, the Maine Republican Party recognizes the rules passed at the 2008 Republican National Convention as the official rules of the National Republican Party;
RESOLVED, that the Maine Republican Party asserts the primacy of the delegates to the Republican Convention in setting party rules and therefore be it further;
RESOLVED, that the Maine Republican Party rejects the new top-down structure of governance as detrimental to the long-term success of the Republican Party and therefore be it further;
RESOLVED, that the Maine Republican Party requests that the RNC formally declare these rules “null and void” as they were improperly passed at the convention;
Chief Sponsor: Bryan Daugherty – Penobscot County Committeeman
Co-Sponsor: Rich Cebra – Chair Maine Republican Party
Co-Sponsor: Beth O’Connor – Vice-Chair Maine Republican Party
Co-Sponsor: Mark Willis – Maine National Comitteeman
Co-Sponsor: Ashley Ryan – Maine National Committeewoman
Co-Sponsor: Traci Gauthier – Penobscot County Chair
Co-Sponsor: Violet Willis – Washington County Committeewoman
Co-Sponsor: Linda Anthony – Androscoggin County Committeewoman
Co-Sponsor: Anne-Marie Grenier – Cumberland County Committeewoman
Co-Sponsor: Cynthia Rosen – Knox County Committeewoman
Co-Sponsor: Michelle Anderson – Penobscot County Committeewoman (at-large)
Co-Sponsor: Victor Berardelli – Penobscot County Committeeman (at-large)
Co-Sponsor: Roger Ek – Penobscot County Committeeman (at-large)
Co-Sponsor: Renee Trust – Hancock County Committeewoman
Co-Sponsor: Julie Morgan – Penobscot County Committeewoman
Co-Sponsor: Lindsay Carter – York County Committeewoman (at-large)
Co-Sponsor: Jonathan Pfaff – Cumberland County Committeeman
Co-Sponsor: Brian Viollete – Aroostook County Committeeman
Co-Sponsor: Robert Roy – Aroostook County Committeeman (at-large)
Co-Sponsor: Rachel Gerlach – York County Committeewoman (at-large)
Co-Sponsor: Eric Brakey – Cumberland County Committeeman (at-large)
Co-Sponsor: Andrew Rackliff – Cumberland County Committeeman (at-large)
Co-Sponsor: Chris Lyons – Cumberland County Committeeman (at-large)
Co-Sponsor: Olga Laplante – Cumberland County Committeewoman (at-large)
Co-Sponsor: Russell Montgomery – Knox County Committeeman
Co-Sponsor: Ron Morrell – York County Chair
Co-Sponsor: Thomas Barry – Androscoggin County Committeman (at-Large)
Co-Sponsor: Michael Coleman – York County Committeeman (at-large)
Co-Sponsor: Erin Daly – Cumberland County Committeewoman (at-large)
Co-Sponsor: Eric White – Hancock County Chair
Co-Sponsor: Jim White – Piscataquis County Committeeman
Co-Sponsor: Trisha White – Piscataquis County Committeewoman
Co-Sponsor: Landon St. Peter – Kennebec County Committeeman (at-Large)
Co-Sponsor: Bill Barker – Hancock County Committeeman (at-Large)
Co-Sponsor: Tony Bennett III – Washington County Chair
Co-Sponsor: Shane Curtis – Washington County Committeeman
Co-Sponsor: Adam Thompson – Kennebec County Committeeman (at-Large)
Co-Sponsor: Jeff Cucci – Kennebec County Committeeman
Co-Sponsor: Ken Quinn – Androscoggin County Chair
Co-Sponsor: Jeanette Wheeler – Lincoln County Committeewoman
Co-Sposnor: Gregory Hodge – Lincoln County Committeeman
For a copy of the original wording of the Resolution Visit: http://stepdownnow.com/resolution-report/
Thank You Maine Republicans for Standing Up and Leading the Way! NOW PASS THIS IN EVERY STATE!