The New Romney Team is the Old McCain Team.
Across Washington State as county conventions take place, our petty would-be fuhrers are polishing up their goose-steps and trying on their toothbrush mustaches, breaking rules and even laws to cheat at conventions and bring in the delegates for the former Massachusetts Governor who blueprinted Obama’s fascist health care law.
“But Doug!” (you say) “Aren’t your claims just hyperbole?”
Well, no. If a forger were to sit down and fabricate an email with the specific intent to implicate Kitsap County Chair Jack Hamilton in systematic rules violations, misusing his authority and seizing despotic authority he does not have he could hardly do better than the actual email Hamilton sent out himself. And we have it all here on The Reagan Wing.
We have not edited the text that follows, but have inserted comments and rules citations as a guide to Hamilton’s knee-jerk violations. Each section of Chairman Hamilton’s email message is indented, below, and appears under the big graphic quotation marks. Our comments are NOT indented to help you keep it straight:
Attached to this message you will find a copy of the proposed rules for convention, a copy of the current KCRP Bylaws, and a copy of the draft agenda for the convention. Please copy these documents and bring them with you to convention.
We are working to get additional information available for you on the web site. By Monday morning, I expect to see a four part series entitled Convention 101 posted as webinars. Each is about 7 to 10 minutes long. For first timers to a convention, this is useful information. For those who have attended prior conventions, the section on Roberts Rules may be of some value as a refresher.
All documents required by Delegates and Alternates will be posted to the web site so you will have additional access in case those sent as message attachments get lost. In addition, some reference documents are posted to the web site. I anticipate that we will finalize the list of Delegates and Alternates (except for last minute revisions) and will post that list to the web site by Tuesday. That posted list will not be official but will provide a good summary of what we know at that time.
Contact data is nit (sic) listed because you did not give us permission to make general distribution of your email address.
Delegate contact information is the result of a public election. Obscuring it facilitates ballot fraud and obstructs free speech. Every candidate for public office that might be voted on by a registered voter in Kitsap County has a right to the complete list of County Delegates and their contact information. Communicating with those delegates is crucial to their campaigns. Every Republican in Kitsap County represented by those delegates has a right to communicate with the elected delegates. THAT’S WHAT REPRESENTATION IS ABOUT. Delegate Contact information is crucial both to fraud-free procedure and the free speech of free elections. (see; RNC rules 7 & 14) This is basic to democratic elections. How can Hamilton have forgotten these things? He continues:
Please do not attempt to contact other Delegates or Alternates from your precinct to make arrangements regarding who will actually serve as a delegate. The rules for promotion are established by Washington State Republican Party and only our Kitsap County Convention Credential Committee can make the necessary revisions and promotions. When the list is ported there will be information about how to contact the Committee in the event of a perceived error.
Please do your very best to come to convention prepared. It will be a busy time. For example, right now we have 120 plus declared candidates for state convention delegates in Commissioner District 1. The numbers for Districts 2 and 5 are 100 plus and about 70 respectively. If we actually give each candidate 15 seconds to talk, we could spend over half an hour on intros in CD1. We will be looking for ways to reduce that time.
This last paragraph literally makes Hamilton ineligible to chair the convention. Robet’s Rules of Order specifically prohibit ANY Chair from commenting or attempting to influence the assembly (convention) on any issue to come before it and he is clearly, here, attempting to promote severe restrictions on speeches, the very purpose of the convention. This is inexcusable. No Kitsap County Convention can, therefore, be chaired by Jack Hamilton in 2012 until the right of the candidates for State delegate to address their candidacy is firmly established. The rules establishing this principle are as old as Robert’s itself and they also bring into question Mr. Hamilton’s suitability to chair the County Central Committee. He is not impartial and he must be impartial. (Roberts Rules of Order, Newly Revised 11th Edition (RONR11): page 22, line 29: “…to maintain the chair’s necessary position of impartiality” page 53, line 20: “… the chair protects his position of impartiality” page 394, lines 26–31: “… the impartiality required of the chair in an assembly precludes his exercising these rights while he is presiding. Normally… he should have nothing to say on pending questions.”) As an aside, we understand that Mr. Hamilton has not arranged to rent the building long enough to ensure adequate time for a full convention. Astonishing incompetence. Hamilton continues:
Some additional personal comfort hints for convention:
1. Dress comfortably – conventions are not venues for
fashion statements. We really like RED, WHITE, and BLUE as primary convention colors. The Chair Will NOT be dressed in coat and tie.
The Chair has not been determined, Mr. Hamilton, so you could not possibly predict what he will be wearing. Convention Chair is an elected position, not an appointment you get to make, and if you WANT to be the permanent chair, you are specifically prohibited, as temporary chair, from recommending yourself for the office.
More from Jack:
2. This is a good time to put on that candidate T-Shirt.
Since we are not going to have candidate signs or snake dances in the isles, the T-Shirts will show you candidate to advantage. (The same goes with campaign stickers and buttons.
There are NO rules against candidate signs. Anyone wishing to outlaw signs or any other form of speech can make a motion at the convention, but it is expressly prohibited for the CHAIR to make, recommend or express an opinion on such a motion, much less attempt to impose a rule from the Chair. Once again, Mr. Hamilton has demonstrated his ineligibility for that office. But he’s not done:
3. Bring a seat cushion. – We are not exactly sure what the
breakdown of chair types will be but a day of metal folding chair constitutes cruel and unusual. Certainly the bleachers that will be occupied by the Alternates and Guests will benefit from a bit of extra padding.
4. Bring some type of hard surface to write on. You will
need some backing when you are voting for delegates and may desire to make some notes on issues under discussion. It would also be good to bring some kind of “writing stick” (pencil or pen). We will have some available but the supply will be limited.
Because of the venue we are in, there is no opportunity to cater lunches for the participants. Bring a bag lunch. There will be an opportunity to purchase a sandwich or other basic food items (more on that menu later) and coffee and water will be on sale. We must restrict consumption of food to outside the gym area.
I am sure that there will be questions about cell phones and cameras inside the convention venue.
There should be no question. Republican Conventions are OPEN MEETINGS by National Rule. Phones, cameras and all other personal items are allowed by default. But Jack is just getting warmed up. The next is a doozy:
Please remember that the Kitsap County Republican Party is a private organization operating under it’s bylaws and policies. We are not subject to the “Open Meetings Act” and are not subject to the provisions of a meeting open to the public.
To the contrary, Mr. Hamilton, the KCRP is a county subdivision of a major political party operating under the laws of the State of Washington and by law it is owned by its grass roots voters, not by YOU. Their protection from corruption rests not in secrecy, but in OPENNESS.
We reserve the right to protect the privacy of persons attending our functions and activities and the right to control the release of information about those activities and events. Individuals who are unable to comply with the policies should not seek to enter the convention hall, in any capacity. Those in the Convention Hall who fail to desist in conduct contrary to these policies, when asked to do so by a convention official, will be asked to leave the Convention Hall.
But here, Mr. Hamilton asserts the exact opposite of the truth. His intent to obscure the proceedings, to in effect, hold a secret meeting is specifically prohibited by National Rule. Were the prohibition he wants permissible (it’s not), his unilateral imposition of it would be illegal, his suggestion of it as a motion impermissible as a chair and expressing his opinion of it in a blast email a violation of the impartiality required of a chair. Once again, Jack Hamilton has no business chairing in Kitsap.
But I don’t think Mr. Hamilton actually wants to be the Chair…
I think… he might want to be king…
1. We will ask that cell phone use by Delegates (and others in the Convention Hall) be restricted to essential or emergency personal communications. We do not intend that cell phones be used as a means of delegates or delegate groups to conduct intercommunications. If a faction requires a caucus, there is a procedure for requesting a caucus.
2. Video recording is not permitted inside the Convention Hall.
Mr. Hamilton has as much right to ban video recording as he does to ban breathing. If you want to cheat, however, and want to avoid there being a record of it, banning video is very important.
3. Still photography is permitted but must not conflict with or disrupt the business of the convention.
4. Audio recording of the convention is not permitted.
Wow. Let’s go through this one more time just so everyone understands how out of line this email is:
- There is NO RULE against audio (or video) recording.
- Mr. Hamilton has no right to invent rules.
- A Convention Chair cannot even make a motion for a rule.
- A Convention Chair cannot even state an opinion on a prospective rule.
- And even if he could state his opinion, even if he could make the motion, even if he could impose this rule by fiat, like the king he wishes he were, THIS PARTICULAR RULE IS PROHIBITED BY RNC 14 (c) OPEN MEETING.
Again, Mr. Hamilton demonstrates his unsuitability to “chair” stuff.
His email concludes:
With the exception of the period immediately preceding actual voting for state convention delegates, only delegates and appropriate convention officials will be allowed on the convention floor. Delegates may not be accompanies by minor children or other guests. Alternates will be directed to a specified seating area. Guests who are properly admitted
will be directed to a designated seating area. We strongly recommend that children under the age of 12 not be brought as guests to the convention.
Our relationship with the media, including the press, is maintained by establishing a single point of contact. While every individual attending Convention has a right to discuss their perceptions of the convention with the press, individuals, other than those specifically identified by
KCRP, may not represent “official” disclosures or representations to the media. If you are contacted by the media, please precede any remarks you may offer as being your personal impressions and not a representation of
the Republican Party.
We will have a number of individuals serving in dual capacities as Delegates and “Convention Officials” (Some officials will not be Delegates as the official duties would conflict with the demands placed on Delegates) Each of the “officials” will be identified by a second badge of a very visible color. If you have an administrative problem,
those are the individuals to seek out for resolution. If one of the “officials” asks you to do something, especially regarding access to the “floor”, being seated, or general conduct, please follow their instructions.
Not everything is going to work out exactly as we planned or want it to go. Be prepared for an occasional “burp” and put on you “flexible” face.
We will do our best to make this instructive, enjoyable, and worthwhile for everyone. When all is said and done, if we get our job done and we are still talking to each other, it will be counted as a success.
See you at the Convention.
Roberta contributed significantly to this article