Appeal of the 10th District Convention
I was forwarded the below email (apparently being circulated last week) from former 10th District Chairman candidate Heidi Stirrup regarding to the horrendous manner in which the 10th District Convention was run. For more information on the convention please see NOVA Town Hallâ€™s extensive live coverage here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.
It is with great sadness that we find ourselves having to appeal the illegal actions that took place at the 10th District Convention on May 20, 2006. If we do not challenge and appeal these illegal actions, we will signal our approval of a Convention held contrary to the State Party Plan. If we do not challenge or appeal, we will only encourage even more abusive actions and illegal behavior in the future, which could lead to a breakdown in our Party order and Party unity. If we do not challenge or appeal, the abusers of the Convention delegates will go unpunished.
Among other abuses, delegates made motions that were in order, but were illegally ruled out of order. Delegates who had the only microphone in the Convention Hall were physically removed from use of the microphone and yelled at by the illegally elected Temporary Chair during a proper motion. Delegates who challenged credentials of Democrats and other supporters of Republican opponents were denied a full hearing.
These kinds of actions violated Roberts Rules of Order and because of these illegal actions, the proceedings of the Convention itself are null and void. Our appeal (15 pages) addresses all these issues in detail. In order to submit this appeal, we will need the signature of properly filed Delegates at this convention. The appeal must be filed by this coming Monday.
In the end, what we are fighting for is a Republican Party where Republicans, not Democrats, elect our Party officials and nominees. We also want to see Republican Conventions run by rules, not bulldozed by some who blatantly disregard the rules.
Therefore, if you are interested in signing the appeal, I will need your signature before Monday. You may stop by our house anytime beginning tonight through Sunday night to sign. Thank you for your willingness to stand up for what's right. Of course, feel free to call me or email with questions, comments or concerns. I welcome your views always!
Heidi H. Stirrup
Heidi is right when she calls to light the egregious violations of Roberts Rules of Order... I was appalled to watch as calls for "division" were repeatedly ignored and nearly every motion made by Stirrup supporters illegally dismissed. Obviously Jim Rich had the votes to win so why run a blatantly illegal convention? It flies in the face of the principles of fairness and inclusion upon which our great Party is built and hopefully Heidiâ€™s appeal can help prevent future Machiavellian abuses.
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