From the Email Underground.
No, this is not from the Onion, it is some real happenings at the Snohomish County Caucuses.
At the Masonic Temple Caucus with State Committeewoman Olga Farnam presiding as Chair, one of our newly elected Ron Paul delegates, a young mother who had her tiny 3 month old daughter with her, went to take a picture of the delegate election sheet, which tells who was elected delegate and alternate in her precinct.
She had good reason to do so, since she was a Ron Paul delegate in 2008 and had to fight a credentials battle because the Snohomish County GOP substituted another unelected delegate for her at the County Convention. Yup, they cheated and she beat them.
Apparently Olga Farnam, saw her taking the picture from across the room and ran over screaming, “WHAT ARE YOU DOING? YOU CAN’T DO THAT! I WANT TO SEE WHAT YOU TOOK A PICTURE OF! LET ME SEE! YOU CAN’T TAKE A PICTURE. IT IS NOT ALLOWED!
BTW, there is no rule saying you can’t photograph at the caucus.
Our young mother, baby in arms, began backing away from the threatening, shrieking harridan, saying, “I don’t have to show you anything. I can take a picture.”
Olga continued screaming at her, pursuing her as she literally had to run out of the door to escape her, saying over her shoulder, “uh-sorry, but my Baby has to be fed.”
At Mill Creek Elementary School, Dullain Ehrlich, former State Committeewoman, Pooled Caucus Chair, (also a well known hater of any Constitutional Conservatives) and backer of Olga as her successor State Committeewoman, approached a Ron Paul person who was trying to set up a card table to pass out some Ron Paul literature and sign in Ron Paul supporters who were coming into the caucus.
This was done in many Legislative Districts with absolutely no problem, but Dullain decided to come out screaming and tell the guy he that he could not do that. It was “against the rules” and she would have him physically thrown out if he didn’t pack up and leave. Dullain was lying. There are no such rules.
He called the RP campaign hotline and was told that he could set up 100 feet from the door, which he did and had a great time greeting the numerous Ron Paul supporters coming in, as well as other Caucus attendees.
[Note: Party leaders sometimes exert authority as lessee of facilities that contradicts their position as caucus host. If I rent a room I ordinarily have a legal right to exclude people from it that civil magistrates will sometimes enforce even though it is against the governing rules. Actual Party rules are legally superior since the lessee is only acting in trust to the Party and is subject to Party authority. The “100 feet” took the table outside even the bogus lessee’s “right.”]
Contrast this with the 10th Legislative District, where Ron Paul supporters were told to put their table out in the hall so they could help by directing traffic into the door where the Caucus was being held. Of course, disgruntled Romney and Santorum supporters complained to the Organizers whining, “how come THEY get a table?” and “they’re hiding all the other candidate’s signs!” The Organizers sent some watchers out to see what the Ron Paul people were doing and saw that everyone was being pleasantly greeted, and if they were not a Ron Paul supporter were being directed into the caucus with words like, “Good luck” and “enjoy your caucus!” Also, there were NO OTHER CANDIDATE’S signs to be hidden, so they saw no problem with the table.
The complainants then took their beef (along with sour grapes) to the Legislative District Chair and Permanent Pooled Caucus Chair, John Foules, who told them, “the Ron Paul people are well organized, you can’t blame them for that. This is an election, after all. Why didn’t you get organized and bring a table for your candidate? You could have had one.” John Foules ran a fair, honest caucus where the votes were counted right there with observers and anyone could actually watch, and then they announced the count before most people had even left the caucus. Kudos to John. Way to go.
Contrast that with this:
At Former Snohomish County Chair Jim Kellett’s pooled caucus at Harvey Airfield, where Jim was the Pooled Caucus Permanent Chair, a Ron Paul supporter made a motion that the straw poll vote should be counted right there on site with observers, and Jim Kellett got angry and shouted him down and said he was out of order because “the rules said that the counting had to be done at Snohomish County GOP Headquarters”. THERE IS NO SUCH RULE. IT IS A LIE! The motion was in order and Mr. Kellett was cheating. Even if there had been a rule, the body of people there had the parliamentary authority to decide and have the votes counted there if they wanted to do that.
Another report from another school (unnamed) has come in where the Ron Paul people were physically assaulted while trying to set up a table (people were trying to rip their Ron Paul buttons off of their shirts). They were told it was against the law for them to set up a table (what law?) and hounded off.
For the record, there IS a law against what the GOP apparatchiks did:
(1) A person is guilty of coercion if by use of a threat he or she compels or induces a person to engage in conduct which the latter has a legal right to abstain from, or to abstain from conduct which he or she has a legal right to engage in.
(2) “Threat” as used in this section means:
(a) To communicate, directly or indirectly, the intent immediately to use force against any person who is present at the time; or
(b) Threats as defined in *RCW 9A.04.110(27) (a), (b), or (c).
(3) Coercion is a gross misdemeanor.
Anyone interested in filing criminal charges?
You’ve got to wonder what is the motivation of these people who are so bound and determined not to allow an open, honest, fair and good-natured contest between Republicans. Time for the people to vote them out of their juvenile and corrupt stranglehold of the Republican Party.
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