Our next State Central Committee (SCC) meeting is scheduled for Saturday, August 27th, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. It will take place at the Greater Richmond Convention Center, 403 N 3rd Street in Richmond. It is open to the public so come on down and watch the fun. It could get interesting.
We will be considering an appeal from Mark Berg, Chairman of the Frederick County Republican Committee, in a dispute with the 10th Congressional District Committee – of which Frederick County is a part. He claims that a ruling from RPV’s legal council allows the District committee to deny him certain rights and privileges due to unit chairs.
An appeal from Powhatan County concerns a decision on a previous appeal to overturn the results of the Powhatan County mass meeting. I’m as confused as you are. The appeal document was rather lengthy, and I haven’t yet deciphered it to figure out what they’re asking.
We will consider a resolution to add several paragraphs to the RPV Party Plan that would dictate how National Convention delegate elections must be handled. I’m not opposed to clarifying this process, but I’m not convinced the proposed amendments are entirely good ones.
We will consider setting up a task force on transparency. I’ll need to be convinced that real progress will come from it. If no one does anything with the results, then we shouldn’t waste the effort.
We are scheduled to approve the Call for the State Convention scheduled for summer 2017 to nominate statewide officials. Last year, the SCC by a very narrow margin voted to hold a presidential primary this spring. They promised to hold a convention in 2017. This was a compromise, and both sides agreed to it however reluctantly. Now the pro-primary people are saying that the current SCC should not be bound by a decision made by the SCC that was in place prior to the recent elections. We could have a knock-down-drag-out fight if they try to renege on the agreement
I received an email last week from a lady who asked how they could do that since we had just elected a bunch of pro-convention people. Unfortunately, there are 11 districts in Virginia, and not all of them had the same results that we did. After the SCC executive committee elections in June, the pro-primary people have a majority on the SCC.
We in the 6th District did elect three SCC members last May who are pro-convention. We also have two other seats on State Central because we have a Republican congressman and our district had more votes for Romney than for Obama. District Chairman Scott Sayre also has a vote on SCC. These will all vote to uphold the compromise.
Four other individuals from the 6th have seats on SCC (giving the 6th a total of TEN votes on SCC). Dan Webb is statewide chairman of Young Republicans. Cynthia Dunbar is National Committeewoman. Dr. Nancy Dye is Western Region Vice-Chairwoman (RPV). And Wendell Walker is Western Region Vice-Chairman (RPV). Dan has said he will support the compromise. I believe Cynthia will. I have not spoken with Nancy to learn her feelings on this. Wendell pledged to vote for a convention last year, then voted for a secret ballot. Convention supporters had their votes counted and knew they should have won. They lost by two. One of those switched votes was Wendell Walker. I know because he said so in my presence.
Whether you favor primaries or conventions, please contact the SCC members you know from the 6th District – and elsewhere – and strongly encourage them to honor the compromise, which requires us to have a convention next year, not a primary. If the SCC votes not to honor this agreement, a number of people are going to give up on the GOP, and that will hurt us badly at the polls. I have talked to any number of people in our district who are just tired of all the duplicity and deception they see in the Republican Party. Is it too much to expect our elected representatives to be honest and honorable?
Steve “Doc” Troxel, Ph.D.
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